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Early-Stage Development Program | Canada Media Fund (CMF):


up to a maximum contribution of $40,000.


The Early-Stage Development Program, which forms part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream, allocates funding to Eligible Projects at the beginning of a Project’s creative process.

Beginning in 2022-2023 :

  • Please click here to learn about PERSONA-ID and how it connects with your application.
  • Please click here to learn more about the CMF’s specific resources for persons with disabilities that need Accessibility Support to apply for CMF funding.

Eligible Applicants

An Eligible Applicant is a single-shareholder company:
a) that is a for-profit (i.e., a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act)
production company;
b) that is Canadian-controlled as determined in sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act.
c) that has its head office in Canada;
d) that has not received funding from the Early-Stage Development Program in 2021-2022 (either the company
or the sole shareholder);
e) that if it received funding (either the company or the sole shareholder) for a Project from the Early-Stage
Development Program prior to 2021-2022, has submitted to the CMF all of the required materials and
documentation necessary to fulfill its Project’s final cost milestone noted in its funding agreement with the
f) that is in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds;
g) whose sole shareholder is EITHER:

  • A Writer with the following credentials: at least 10 hours of produced written work; At least 2 of the hours in the Total Hours threshold have been originally broadcast no earlier than January 1, 2018; Canadian Broadcaster or
  • A Writer who meets the requirements of the Diverse Community Applicant definition under section 2.1.1


Eligible Expenses

Allowable Eligible Costs in this Program shall be the following:
• Writing (Treatment, Outline, Bible, or Script)
• Scriptwriting consultant
• Story editor
• Preliminary research
• Travel costs for research or to meet with national/international production partners (limited to 2% of Eligible Costs)
• Printing and collating costs

Deadline Date

  October 13, 2022


Contact Name: Canada Media Fund

Phone Number: +1 416-214-4400

E-mail Address:


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