Next deadline is March 6, 2008 by 4:00 p.m.

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Ottawa, ON K1Z 5X9

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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In order for the CIFVF to pay you the first payment for your production project, a number of pieces of documentation will be required:

1. Updated confirmed financial structure for the project. If required, there is an example of a financial structure under Forms & Logos on the CIFVF Web site.

2. Copies of contracts from each of the financiers and/or broadcasters;

3. Updated budget;

4. A fully executed long form distribution agreement with a non-theatrical distributor, containing all terms, territories and conditions of distribution. It should be noted that the distribution contract should provide, at a minimum, that the distributor retains the non-theatrical rights for Canada for at least three years on an exclusive basis. It should be noted that a contract and not a letter of interest is required at this stage. The contract must be with a non-theatrical distributor who is on the CIFVF list found on the CIFVF web site.

5. Dates of commencement and completion of principal photography, completion of post production and date of delivery to the distributor. When reporting the date of delivery, allow yourself time for the preparation of the documentation (e.g., affidavits, engagement reports, as required).

6. Proof of registration of the company. A company may be incorporated as a corporation or registered as a sole proprietorship or partnership.

7. Proof that the company is Canadian.


1. The producer is normally advanced ninety percent of the contribution upon signing the Production Contribution Agreement.

2. It takes the CIFVF office around 2-3 weeks to prepare the contract.

3. Please note that the CIFVF will take the name of the production company for inclusion on your contract from your application form unless otherwise directed.

4. Please note that cheques will be addressed to the company (ies) indicated on the first page of the CIFVF contract.

5. CIFVF will no longer accept any assignment and direction agreements on the projects to which it provides funding. The reason for this decision is based on the legal costs associated with the execution of the agreements.

6. Producer investment by deferrals, services or other means should not exceed 35% of the total production budget. 'Deferrals' are defined as those taken by the producer and those taken by the crew, labs or other services. 'Investment' includes donations of goods and services.

7. If the documentation is over 10 pages in length, it would be appreciated if the material is sent by mail to the CIFVF office instead of faxing it.

8. In terms of credits to be given the CIFVF, please note the following:

- The tail credits must include the CIFVF credit spelled out in its entirety. There is no need to use the logo if you do not wish to do so.

- The wording for the credit should appear as follows:

Produced with the Participation of


- The credits of the Fund shall be on a most-favored-nation basis. All Fund credits, whether published as a logo or in words, shall at all times be easily legible and shall always be equal in font or logo size to the credits of other funders who have contributed similar amounts to the project.

9. For projects financed with monies from the Department of Canadian Heritage, please note that the Producer must include an appropriate acknowledgement of the assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage and will include the "Canada" wordmark . It should be noted that even if the Producer has had to include the Canada wordmark for the federal tax credit, a separate wordmark must be included. The logo for the wordmark can be found and copied from: the following web site: . The wording for the credit should appear as follows:

Produced with the participation of the

Department of Canadian Heritage

10. The Producer will acknowledge the assistance of the Fund, in writing and orally, at every opportunity and in any public screenings where the work is shown.

11. For projects financed with monies from Star Choice, only the Star Choice and CIFVF credits are required. Logos are found under the Logos section.