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Call for applicants to year 3 of Featuring Aborginal Stories Program

Montreal – April 13, 2010 - Key elements of the Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program (FASP) have been revised for fiscal 2010-2011 to allow Telefilm to better evaluate and manage the initiative, and to align it more closely with how the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF) operates.

With this in mind, the following changes have been made to development-stage funding:

  • For screenwriters:  Funding available at the Getting to Treatment and Getting to First Draft stages has been updated to reflect Writers Guild of Canada 2010 membership fees;
     
  • For producers and production companies:  the maximum amount allowable for the combined stages of Getting to Treatment and Getting to First Draft is capped at $30,000.  However, FASP maintains its funding for projects at the Getting to Treatment stage:
      • Getting to Treatment stage: The funding maximum available for up to 80% of eligible costs is $20,000.
      • Getting to First Draft stage: The funding maximum available for up to 80% of eligible costs is $30,000.
      • Getting to Second Draft or Subsequent Draft stage: The funding maximum available for up to 80% of eligible costs is $25,000.

The launch date of FASP for 2010-2011 has been moved up to earlier than in previous years.  Please note the following dates:

  • Launch of FASP Guidelines – April 13, 2010
  • Application submission deadline – May 20, 2010
  • Project selection – Week of July 5, 2010
  • Jump Start to Film Immersion – End of August 2010
  • Closing date for returning successful projects of Year-2 – October 25, 2010

The Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program targets feature length film projects at different stages of development. At each stage, participants benefit from a combination of training, professional development and personalized mentorship activities, and also receive a development advance.

FASP aims to broaden the industry’s capacity within Aboriginal communities and enable Aboriginal filmmakers to more easily access the main funding programs of the Canada Feature Film Fund. The Aboriginal People’s Television Network has been a partner of this initiative since its inception in 2009 and is contributing $750,000 over three years.