Short Film Venture Program


June 2, 2017

FREDERICTON - The three recipients of this year's Short Film Venture Program are Arianna Martinez, Robert Gray and Jared Carney. All three filmmakers will receive financial assistance for the production of their short films of 10 minutes or less, to be shot in the province.

"We need to continually support promising filmmakers in New Brunswick in order to support the film community," New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative Executive Director Tony Merzetti says. "The Short Film Venture Program assists new generations of filmmakers to create works that will help their creative careers."

The Short Film Venture Program, administered by the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture assists emerging New Brunswick filmmakers who have a serious interest in establishing a career in filmmaking.

The 2017 recipients


Jared Carney has received a Short Film Venture grant for his short script, INFINITY LAND. Jared is a writer, director, and production designer with Creeker Films from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and is a graduate of Film Production from the University of New Brunswick. He has worked as a Features Writer for and has written for Numero Cinq Magazine. His Stephen King adaptation, "The Man Who Loved Flowers" screened at the World Horror Convention and his film, "Dark and Stormy Night" has screened at 14 film festivals internationally. Jared recently began shooting his first feature film, a horror anthology entitled “Kill Scene". The horror genre in particular has always piqued his interest and many of his influences stem from both classic and new-age horror cinema.

"I'd like to thank the NB Film Co-op as well as the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for selecting my project INFINITY LAND for the Short Film Venture Grant. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this great program and I look forward to stepping out of my usual genre to do something different, a lot different.


Robert Gray is a professor of Creative Writing and Film in the English Department at the University of New Brunswick. He has written and directed six short films and goes to camera this month on a short film adaptation of Canadian writer Jessica Grant’s short story MY HUSBAND'S JUMP, from a script written by a former graduate student at UNB, Brittany Lauton. His films have been in festivals all over the world with his most recent short Choke Hold being shortlisted for the prestigious Iris Prize and his most recent experimental short 3 Cafés winning the Best Experimental Short award at the annual Silver Wave Film Festival.

"I am so honoured to receive the Short Film Venture Grant. I've seen and worked on films from previous years and it's amazing to be in such talented company. I just want to thank the NB Film Co-op for encouraging me, supporting my work and for all they do for NB filmmakers. And thanks to the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for supporting this important program."


Arianna Martinez has received a Short Film Venture grant for her short script, LETTERS FROM THE DEAD. Arianna is a filmmaker, theatre artist, and educator living in New Brunswick. Her most recent work was on the film The Wakefield Will which she co-wrote and co-produced, and was featured as part of the 2016 Silver Wave Film Festival lineup. She was the Assistant Director for the short film Coached, directed by Gordon Mihan, and is currently working as the Production Designer on Rob Gray's Short Film Venture awarded film My Husband's Jump.

"I am thrilled to be receiving funding to create my short film. It is a project that is very important to me as it puts a spotlight on female representation in the film industry. I feel very privileged to be a part of the New Brunswick Film Co-op, where their ultimate goal is to support aspiring artists and help them grow and hone their skills as filmmakers. I would like to thank them, and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for this grant. Without them this project would not be possible, so to say I am grateful would be an understatement."

The Short Film Venture Program offers a contribution of 25 per cent of the total cost of the project, up to a maximum of $4,000, to assist successful applicants with their production. The program has been in existence since 2000. Many of the projects are created using the equipment and professional assistance of the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-operative in Fredericton. The completed short films premiere at the Silver Wave Film Festival.



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 audiences.
- 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 contribution:
The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture’s contribution is limited to 25% of the total cost of the project up to a maximum of $4,000 for digital projects and $6,000 for celluloid-based projects. The funds will be disbursed as follows:
70% of the contribution upon signature of the agreement;
30% upon receipt of the fine cut copy and final cost report.
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 friends.

Important Dates:
Application due date: March 03, 2017
Short-list: March 31, 2017
Revised script: April 28, 2017
Recipient notification date: May 12, 2017
Completion date: March 31, 2018

Applications are due on March 03, 2017. No exceptions.

On March 31, 2017, 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 28, 2017 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 broadcasters.

On May 12, 2017, 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, 2018, 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. Short Film Venture applicants are required to take some NB Film Co-op workshops if they have limited training in film.

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 (docx)
Download the Full Application in English (PDF)

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