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Eligibility Criteria »
Read the CIFVF's Mission and its eligibility and selection criteria for funding film and video projects.

Guide - Development »
Before investing time and resources preparing an application, you should ensure that you and your project meet the Funds eligibility criteria. To this end, you should begin by reading the CIFVFs Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Film and Video Applications.

Guide - Production & Post Production » provides advice on how to complete an application for development or production or post-production financing.

The CIFVF gratefully acknowledges the financial participation of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Le Fonds reconnait L'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l'entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.
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A work plan details the research, development and writing to be done at the development stage of the project. The plan should list the tasks to be undertaken and a schedule, with key dates and milestones. Dates on which requests to the CIFVF and other funding agencies have been made and dates of their expected decisions should also be indicated. It is more useful to prepare the plan using actual dates as opposed to stating only the number of days involved for each task.

An example of a work plan for a fictional project follows below. Please note that the tasks outlined in the work plan are not appropriate for each project . In this respect, the work plan to be devised for each film/video will vary depending on its genre, subject matter, and size of budget.





Research to find background information on subject
Initial consultation with experts by telephone Arrange by telephone, archival searches of photos and documents at the National Archives

Find initial locations
Prepare outline and first draft of treatment


Trip to Boston to interview potential interviewees

May 18

Submit development application to the CIFVF


Trip to National Archives to conduct archival searches.
Do market research and consult distributors

June 12

Submit development application to Telefilm


Continue to refine treatment
Response on development funding expected from CIFVF
Research and approach potential broadcasters


Determine possible sources of production funding
Develop production budget
Response on development funding expected from Telefilm


Submit proposal to broadcasters
October 15
Submit applications for production funding to CTF and other funders