Development program

This program supports Canadian production companies looking to finance the development stage of their feature film project(s).

Who can apply

Canadian production companies in search of financing for the development stage of their feature film project(s).

Overview of the program

  • Eligible applicants may submit their project or portfolio of projects at any time during the program’s opening period
  • For the most part, financing will be attributed automatically based on the total score of the applicant
  • For existing clients, you can now access the total score assigned to your company along with the allocated funding amounts online
  • Selective round financing:
    • open to clients who are eligible to apply, but have not yet achieved a score
    • four groups are targeted, namely members of Aboriginal and official minority communities, and emerging talent

Overview of eligibility requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a Canadian controlled corporation, with its head office in Canada and carry out its activities in Canada
  • operate as a feature film production company
  • have produced at least one Canadian fiction feature film with a theatrical release in the last five years
  • key members of the development team must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Please consult the Guidelines below for specific eligibility requirements.

Key dates

Opening date
July 2017

The Development Program is being migrated to Dialogue and will open in the beginning of summer. Stay tuned for more information.

This program is now closed.

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Contact persons


Vanessa Manco

Toll free : 1-800-463-4607


Isabelle Picard

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Carmela Sciortino

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Ontario and Nunavut

Vanessa Manco

Toll free : 1-800-463-4607


Deb Patz

Toll free : 1-800-663-7771