Experimental Stream: First Come, First Served Programs: Conceptualization Program

By mmuise

The Conceptualization Program, which is part of CMF’s Experimental Stream, allocates funding to eligible projects at the very beginning of a project’s creative process with the objective of giving a project a better chance to succeed for future stages of financing. Specifically, this program is designed to allow an eligible applicant to create and test a proof of concept and verify either the design idea, concept assumption or demonstrate a functionality in preparation for the prototyping phase and beyond.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of repayable non-interest-bearing advances of up to 75% of the project’s eligible Costs or $15K.

Deadline: Applications are closed. Stay tuned for future intake announcements. The previous deadline was on November 23, 2023.

The applicant must be either a company or Canadian Broadcaster that

1) is for-profit (i.e., a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of the Canada’s Income Tax Act);
2) has at least 1 year in the Digital Media, Film or Television industry (or the company’s principal has more than 1 year in the Digital Media, Film or Television industry);
3) is Canadian-controlled as determined by sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act;
4) is in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds;
5) has not previously received any production-stage CMF Experimental Stream funding.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. carefully review the program guidelines and all reference documents before submitting an application;

2. review the PERSONA-ID by Program document to confirm if the program requires them or their team to register to the CMF PERSONA-ID Self-identification system;

3. register online to create their Dialogue accounts on the Telefilm website and complete the funding application;

4. sign the contract, if the project is approved.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. a completed dialogue application form with persona-id # entered in the applicable sections;
2. a team description (max. 1 page);
3. C.V. for each team member (max. 3 pages per cv);
4. concept description (max. 3 pages);
5. history (max. 1 page) indicate which entity or person holds the rights to the project;
6. a budget;
7. financing commitment letters or agreements for all sources of funding;
8. a declaration of the corporation’s Canadian status, and its shareholders and directors;
9. certificate of incorporation of the applicant.

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