CFC/NETFLIX PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATOR

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The CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator supports up to four (4) TV and four (4) feature projects per year, with the goal of actively developing each property through an international lens.



    UPDATED 2021 GUIDELINES BELOW


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Development Accelerator offers advanced project development and workshopping support to eligible creators and their projects through access to international creative and marketplace expertise and mentorship.

The Netflix/CFC partnership is in service of advancing and empowering Canadian voices and stories globally.

NOTE: Netflix takes no first look or ownership of any projects developed through this accelerator, the accelerator supports projects and creators with important voices and stories who are seeking to find whichever platform, network or OTT best suits their project.


WHO IS THIS FOR?

Creators who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada, and who are:

  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit)
  • Black
  • Racialized Person
  • LGBTQ2S+
  • Creator living with Disabilities as defined under the Human Rights Code

CREATOR ELIGIBILITY DETAILS

Designed for writers, writer/directors or writer/producers who have built up a body of produced written work, and who are ready to move their next project onto the global stage.


WRITERS

For both Feature and TV deadlines, minimum credits must include one or more of the following:

  • Minimum 1 produced narrative feature as writer
  • Minimum 2 episodes of produced, live-action scripted narrative television as writer
  • Minimum 6 produced, live-action scripted narrative web-episodes as creator/writer of a notable web-series (e.g., received significant number of views, positive press, independent or industry awards)

WRITER/DIRECTORS (FOR FEATURE APPLICATIONS)

If applying as a writer/director or if a director is attached, directors must have a minimum of 90 minutes of produced work (cumulative) that has either been commercially distributed, broadcast, or featured on the web as a web-series or screened at festivals to critical acclaim.

NOTE: It is not essential for a producer to be attached to the project upon application, however, if a producer is attached, they must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.


PROJECT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Projects must be live action narrative projects (not documentary, docudrama or animation).
  • Projects must be wholly original (not adapted works) and creators applying must hold all underlying rights.
  • Feature screenplays, or Pilot scripts, must be at first draft script stage at a minimum.
  • Other creative materials, such as creative package and series proposal/mini-bible, will also be required.
  • NEW: Projects that have development support from broadcasters, funding agencies etc., are eligible to apply (i.e., CRAVE/HGF, CBC Film/Gem, Telefilm, CMF, etc.)

WHAT IS THE APPROACH TO PROVIDING SUPPORT?

This Accelerator will look at the needs of each creator/team and project and, in conjunction with them, target areas in need of support that will help further develop and advance the creative and international marketplace viability of the project.

Support is offered part time, over a three-month period with each team getting the chance to receive some individual creative feedback on their script from industry executives and seasoned creators that best suit the material and creator’s needs.

Other support during the accelerator may include such things as the following:

  • Actor table reads/workshopping
  • Packaging advice & material creation
  • Creative consultations (e.g., casting, cultural specificity, visual design)
  • Pitch coaching & opportunities

Each project will also be looked at through an international lens and will be provided access to expertise that can speak to what’s happening globally, what they are seeing as opportunities/challenges for these projects, and share strategies on how to best to maximize their international potential.

Each creator/creative team will be working with a bespoke development plan/trajectory that speaks to their individual needs. Deadlines and support will vary from project to project, within the three-month accelerator.

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can eligible projects be documentary or unscripted?
No. For the purpose and focus of this accelerator all projects must be original live action narrative works, in any genre.

Are projects in any language eligible?
Yes, but while we will consider projects in all languages, all materials being submitted to the CFC for consideration must be in English.

Does Netflix have a first look or take any ownership of my project?
No. Netflix takes no first look or ownership of any projects developed through this accelerator. The accelerator supports projects and creators with important voices and stories who are seeking to find whichever platform, network or OTT best suits their project. Feedback from, or interaction with Netflix executives is not built into the accelerator.

Does the CFC take any rights to projects that get support?
No. All rights remain with the creator/producer/creative team.

Does the CFC have any creative approval rights over the project being supported?
No. While the CFC and/or consultants/experts that are engaged by the CFC may provide creative guidance, there are no formal approvals that rest with the CFC.

Can this support be accessed at a distance or do I have to be in Toronto?
Support can be accessed from anywhere in Canada. For the 2021 Accelerators, all meetings and consultations will be done virtually.

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APPLICATION TIMELINES & PORTALS

There are two different calls/deadlines for applications per year – 1 for feature projects and 1 for TV:


FEATURE PROJECTS:

Application portal is now closed.


TV SERIES PROJECTS:

Application portal is now closed.


SELECTION PROCESS

Following each application deadline, the CFC will longlist creators/projects, which will then be read by a minimum of two external industry experts for further deliberation and shortlisting. In addition, CFC will engage the expertise of advisors and consultants to provide additional perspectives on individual submissions as needed. Shortlisted candidates will then be contacted for a brief interview with CFC before up to four (4) final projects and creative teams are selected to take part in the accelerator.

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide feedback.


CONTACT

General questions prior to completing the eligibility form can be directed to filmandtv@cfccreates.com.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact  Deborah Fallows, CHRO.