Screenwriters Development Fund

By mmuise

The Screenwriters Development Fund (SDF) will consider investment in scriptwriting costs for film and TV projects which achieve the following objectives:
1. support the creation and development of film and TV script projects by Nova Scotian filmmakers;
2. strengthen the film and TV industry by developing Nova filmmakers, writers, and producers;
3. advance diversity, inclusion, and gender parity.

Comments on Funding:

The funding will not exceed 50% of eligible costs and normally not exceed a maximum of $20,000.

Deadline: Applications are closed. Stay tuned for future intake announcements.

Applicants must:

  • be Nova Scotia Producers/Production companies;
  • propose projects which have a Nova Scotia producer (whose production company is registered in Nova Scotia) and a Nova Scotia writer (who has maintained their primary residence in Nova Scotia for at least 12 months prior to the application submission date).
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. contact the program officer to discuss the project and the application requirements before applying;

2. submit the application and the supporting documentation via email to by 4pm on the application deadline;

3. submit a separate application for each project.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. the application form;
2. a proposal;
3. a detailed budget;
4. supplementary material.

Other Things to Note:

The application deadlines are 24 June and 20 October 2023. Applicants should check the website for updates.

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