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.
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)
- Racialized Person
- 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.
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.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
MARCH 5TH, 2021