CFC Financial Assistance

Through the generosity of donors and partners, the CFC offers financial assistance through full or partial scholarships and bursaries to help offset tuition fees and additional costs associated with participating in our core programs each year.

As an organization committed to shaping the future of Canadian storytelling, we are proud to support and advance opportunities for Canadian creators and talent. We aim to reduce barriers to access, particularly as it relates to financial circumstances, to ensure a vibrant and accessible future for anyone considering the CFC as part of their storytelling journey.

As you consider the CFC, please see the various options below, currently available to participants.


Scholarships

The CFC awards scholarships of up to $8,000 per resident on the basis of financial need and circumstance. A limited number of scholarships are available each program cohort and are applied towards tuition fees* either partially or entirety.

Upon acceptance into your respective program, if you require financial assistance, please contact Eileen Wang at ewang@cfccreates.com or 416.445.1446  ext. 228 with any questions and/or to discuss your needs. Through an application process and written submission, residents will be offered the opportunity to share additional context to their financial circumstances, to be reviewed by an internal selection committee. Your financial details will be requested but will be kept in strict confidence.

For information on the application process and form, please contact Eileen Wang at ewang@cfccreates.com or 416.445.1446 ext. 228.

Please note that the CFC is not an OSAP-accredited institution.

*There is no tuition for participants accepted into the Slaight Music Residency, and they receive a monthly bursary, thanks to a major commitment from the Slaight Family Foundation.


Bursary Funds

The CFC awards a limited number of bursaries to eligible residents based on financial need and/or other considerations (see list of available Funds below). Bursaries and relocation grants are available and based on the directions of the generous donors and partners who contributed the Funds.

Upon acceptance into your respective program, please contact Eileen Wang at  ewang@cfccreates.com or 416.445.1446 ext. 228 to discuss any questions regarding bursary opportunities. Your circumstances and details will be requested in order to determine eligibility, but will be kept in strict confidence. Bursary applications are reviewed by an internal selection committee. Candidates may be eligible for multiple bursaries.


For Black Creators


Bursary Fund for Black Creators

As part of CFC’s ongoing to commitment to change, and a more equitable industry, this fund provides financial support to all Black creators coming through the CFC’s core programs in film, TV and acting. In addition, proceeds from the CFC’s select events, such as CFC BLOCKO!, are directed specifically to this Fund.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Number of grants: Variable


For Creators from British Columbia


Creative BC | Daryl Duke and William Vince

These Funds, which are administered through Creative BC, are intended to honour the significant contributions individuals have made to BC's film and television industry. The BC Film Foundation currently offers multiple yearly grants through the CFC to honour the memory and contributions of Daryl Duke and William Vince - considered to be two of the founders of BC's film and television industry, which offset tuition fees for creators participating in CFC’s core film and TV programs.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Number of grants: Up to 4 per year

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For Diverse Voices and Underrepresented Creators


Bursary Fund for Underrepresented Creators

As part of CFC’s ongoing to commitment to change, and a more equitable industry, this Fund provides financial support to additional racialized and other underrepresented creators participating in one of CFC’s core programs in film, TV and acting.

Amount: $5,000

Number of grants: Variable


For Indigenous Creators


Comweb/Whites Jay Switzer Indigenous Creator Award

Through the generosity of Paul Bronfman and the Comweb Foundation / William F. White International, and in tribute to the late Jay Switzer - a major figure in Canadian media - this $100,000 award will be distributed over 10 years (beginning 2019) to residents participating in CFC’s film and/or TV programs.

Amount: Up to $5,000 per year

Number of grants: Up to 2 per year

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For Music Lab Participants


The Slaight Music Residency

Participants accepted into The Slaight Music Residencey automatically receive a monthly bursary for the duration of the nine-month Residency, thanks to a major commitment from the Slaight Family Foundation.

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For TV Writers


Denis McGrath Bursary Award

Launched in memory of Denis McGrath, celebrated writer and producer and fearless champion of Canadian TV, the CFC is pleased of offer this joint initiative with the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) to a deserving writer participating in the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program.

Amount: $5,000

Number of grants: Up to 1 per year (note: selection is determined by a WGC-led team)

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Jordan Christianson Bursary Fund

Launched in memory of Jordan Christianson, an alumnus of CFC’s Prime Time TV program, this bursary is awarded to a writer from British Columbia or Alberta who is invited into the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program.

Amount: $2,500

Number of grants: Up to 1 per

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For Women-Identifying Creators


Bursary Fund in Memory of Anneli Ekborn

Named in memory of Anneli Ekborn, acclaimed producer, filmmaker and CFC alumna, this Fund celebrates Anneli’s life, career, and creative vision by providing support to a women-identifying filmmaker with a love of cinema and a commitment to independent stories and creators and who is participating in The Norman Jewison Film Program.

Amount: $2,500

Number of grants: Up to 1 per year

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For Relocation


Funds are available to support residents living outside of Ontario to assist in relocation costs associated with their participation in one of CFC’s core programs.

Amount: Ranges from $500 to $1,500

Number of grants: Variable


The CFC is grateful for the generosity of its donors and partners to its endowment campaign. Your visionary leadership and commitment to create a permanent legacy to support Canadian talent will make an impact for generations to come.