Short Film Venture Program


What is the Short Film Venture Program?
The Short Film Venture Program (SFVP) assists emerging New Brunswick filmmakers who have a serious interest in establishing a career in filmmaking and in producing a “calling card” film.
If you are an emerging filmmaker, one of the ways to make a name for yourself is with a great short film; one that will highlight your talent, be seen and prove to people that you have what it takes.
If you are selected, you will have the chance to train with some of New Brunswick’s well-known filmmakers. In addition, your film could be chosen to showcase, with a premiere screening at a New Brunswick Film Festival.

Who can apply?
• An eligible applicant is an individual who was a resident in New Brunswick for at least one year preceding
the application deadline.
• Applicants must maintain creative and financial control over the project and own all copyright in it.
• Applicants are permitted to apply with only one (1) submission per year.
• Previous applicants that were not recipients of a SFVP grant are eligible to apply with new projects only.
• Applicants must take the required film workshops offered by the NB Filmmakers' Co-operative or present
proof of equivalent film experience.
• Applicants must not be currently enrolled in any full-time school or university program.

The project must be:
• Ten (10) minutes or less.
• Fictional in nature (this can include parts of comedy, animation and docu-drama).
• The medium, theme, and subject matter are up to the applicant, provided the project is suitable for general
• The project must utilize production resources available within New Brunswick. Permission must be sought
to utilize outside resources.
• Projects not accepted: Experimental, animation, documentary or commissioned films will not be
considered. Projects must not have started before the SFVP call date.

Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture and Telefilm Canada contribution:
• The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture and Telefilm Canada’s contribution is limited to 30% of
the total cost of the project up to a maximum of $6,000 for digital projects and $8,000 for celluloid-based
projects. The funds will be disbursed as follows:
– 70% just before production begins with proof of cast/crew/equipment booking finalized.
– 30% upon receipt of the fine cut copy, final cost report and marketing online strategy report.
• Marketing online strategy – a grant of $1,000 to develop an online strategy for the film is contingent on
attendance of a compulsory marketing online strategy workshop, and will be disbursed as follows:
o 70% of the grant upon successful completion of marketing/online strategy workshop
o 30% upon presentation of online strategy for your film
• A minimum of 10% of the production budget must be invested in cash. The 10% can come from other
funding sources such as the Canada Council, NB Arts Board, Telefilm Canada, personal funds, family and

Important Dates:
Application due date: March 01, 2020
Short-list: March 29, 2020
Revised script: April 26, 2020
Recipient notification date: May 17, 2020
Completion date: March 31, 2021

• Applications are due on March 01, 2020. No exceptions.
• On March 29, 2020, applicants will be notified if they have been placed on the shortlist. If so, they will
receive script notes. They will also be contacted by the SFVP team to discuss the script notes and the next
steps required in the development of their projects.
• The applicant will have until April 26, 2019 to work on revisions to their script. As the SFVP is a professional
development opportunity, it is important that applicants be open to professional feedback as the process is
intended to mirror the process that filmmakers will go through in the real world with funders and
• On May 17, 2020, short listed applicants will be notified if their application is successful. If a recipient does
not have the required training, they will receive a letter confirming their conditional acceptance to receive a
grant. When they have confirmation of training, they will receive the first instalment of the grant amount.
• The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative is charged with administering the program and will be the
contact to submit update reports and to receive grant draw downs during the process. The recipient can
submit their final project and financial and written report at any time over the next year, and request the
second instalment of their grant. See deliverables in guidelines and frequently asked questions section.
• On March 31 2021, all deliverables of the project will be due. This includes a copy of the finished film
• The SFVP is a professional development opportunity and one of its goals is to insure participants have
sufficient training to successfully undertake their projects. The applicant must meet the training requirement.
• The NB Film Co-op offers an annual professional development program that commences in early February.
It offers 5 required workshops that are mandatory for SFVP applicants. The sessions are: screenwriting,
directing, production management/assistant director, production design, editing).
• Marketing/online strategy workshop – Workshop taught by marketing strategist is compulsory for all SFVP
grant recipients as a digital strategy document is an integral part of the SFVP grant.
• Applicants can provide proof of equivalent training through enrolment in university, college, private school
film programs, other film co-op workshops or other training courses

Download the Full Application in English (PDF) New Forms will be uploaded here before 2020 deadline.
Download the Full Application in French (PDF) New Forms will be uploaded here before 2020 deadline.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cat LeBlanc, Membership Services, New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative,