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 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,