Since I work in the industry, people are always asking me how to get started.
Number one piece of advice? Get professional help. Organisations like LIFT offer workshops, discount equipment rentals, and networking (vital to finding an experienced DoP or editor to work with).
"Yes, yes," you say. "But how do I get money?"
Funding from Federal Government Sources
Business Development Bank of Canada: Cultural Industries Development Fund
Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office
CBC Newsworld's Rough Cuts
The Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian International Development Agency
Canadian Television Fund
Heritage Canada Canadian Studies Program
Telefilm Canada: Multiculturalism Program
National Film Board of Canada: Filmmakers Assistance Program
Funding from Provincial Sources
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
British Columbia Arts Council
British Columbia Film
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Manitoba Arts Council
Manitoba Film and Sound
New Brunswick Film
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation
Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation
Ontario Arts Council
Ontario Media Development Corporation
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Saskfilm & Video Development Corporation
Société de développement des entreprises culturelles
Yukon Arts Branch
Yukon Film Commission
Funding from Municipal Sources
Edmonton Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
Private Canadian Funding Sources
Bravo!FACT for arts-based shorts, 6 minutes or less
Reel World Film Festival: Tony Stoltz Completion Fund for a Canadian Producer for film work that reflects racial and cultural diversity
Bell Canada Broadcast and New Media Fund
Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund (CIFVF)
Rogers Documentary Fund
Further Funding Information
A Guide to Federal Programs for The Film and Video Sector.
Canadian Television Financing, by Felice Gorica- Centennial College Press, Scarborough, Ontario, 1999.
Moving Pictures Media. Film Canada Yearbook. Port Perry Media, 2001.
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