Friday, August 10, 2012

Call for submissions: The Canadian Film Centre's Features program

The Canadian Film Centre in Toronto is now taking submissions for their Features program.

The CFC is a leading educational centre for advanced filmmaking training. Over 50 alumni of the CFC will be participating in programs or having works premiere at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in September. Features presented at TIFF include Ruba Nadda's Inescapable; Manon Briand's Liverpool; Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell; Sudz Sutherland's Home Again; Anita Doron's The Lesser Blessed.

The Features Program (formerly known as the Feature Film Project) is a development program for filmmaking teams who are trying to get a film made with a budget of $1 million or less. The program is able to provide up to $600,000 of the final budget. None of the team members need to be alumni of the CFC, but must be Canadian citizens or residents. The film can be made anywhere in Canada as long as the budget accounts for the location.

In addition to the increased budgets, changes to the program include the production entities retaining ownership of copyright (previously the CFC owned the final film), and a partnership with Entertainment One who will be the domestic and international distributor.

The program consists of three stages. The Development Lab prepares the team for the overall process with professional mentors. Those who successfully complete the Lab are considered for the Production Lab, which provides funding for production, post-production and ongoing mentorship. The final stage is a Distribution Lab in which broadcast and theatrical distribution executives lead the filmmakers through the marketing and distribution stages.

Applications for the CFC's Features program are due November 23, 2012.

For more information, click the following link:

CLICK HERE to download application package.

CLICK HERE to download guidelines.

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