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How do I apply for CMF funding?
For more information on how to apply, please visit our ‘How To Apply’ page.
Is the CMF’s contribution a loan or a grant? Is it repayable?
Below is a breakdown of the nature of the CMF’s contribution by program (please refer to corresponding program guidelines under the Nature of Funding Contribution section for complete information):
 
CONVERGENT STREAM
Development Non-interest bearing advance
Performance Envelope
Francophone Minority
Aboriginal
English Production Incentive
Diverse Languages
English POV
Anglophone Minority Incentive
Television Component: Mix of licence fee top-ups and equity investments
according to a set formula
 
Digital Media Component: Non-repayable contribution
Convergent Digital Media Incentive Non-repayable contribution
Versioning Non-repayable contribution
EXPERIMENTAL STREAM
Development; Marketing & Promotion Repayable advance
Production Recoupable investment
What does “equity investment” mean?
An equity investment is a cash investment in the project, which results in the funder acquiring an undivided copyright ownership interest in all versions of the project. Equity investments are recoupable, and are subject to a standard and non-negotiable recoupment schedule (as described and subject to any exceptions set out in the CMF Standard Recoupment Policy, see Appendix B.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the guidelines?
For questions regarding our Guidelines, please contact your closest Funding Application office.
 
Location Direct Toll Free
Halifax (902) 426-8425 1-800-565-1773
Montreal (514) 283-6363 1-800-567-0890
Toronto (416) 973-6436 1-800-463-4607
Vancouver (604) 666-1566 1-800-663-7771
 
If you have a question regarding a specific policy decision surrounding our Guidelines, please contact our office at: 1-877-975-0766.
 
How can I check on the status of my application?
To inquire on the status of your application, please contact the CMF Program Administrator, Telefilm Canada.
 
Where can I find guidelines, documents, or other information from previous years?
Please visit our Funding Programs Archive for a full list of documents from past years.

For Phase II/Final Cost/Closing documents from previous years, click here
What is an ISAN number?
The International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN) is a unique, permanent, and internationally-recognized number for audiovisual works, allowing for immediate and accurate identification. 

ISAN provides a unique, internationally-recognized, and permanent reference number for each registered audiovisual work and distinguishes between episodes, versions, languages, lengths, formats, and more.

For more information, please visit the ISAN Canada website: http://www.isan.ca/ 
Is there a certain type of project the CMF favours for funding through the experimental stream?
No; we’re always looking for the most innovative and interactive projects possible. A jury of Canadian and International experts will evaluate these projects using an evaluation grid. To learn more about our Experimental Stream’s assessment criteria, click here.
When does funding information get posted on your website?
Funding decisions are published in two rounds, annually. We also publish funding results as they become available, through our Funded Projects Database.
What is a funding envelope?
The Performance Envelope Program (PEP) is the main funding mechanism of the CMF. Broadcasters are allocated “envelopes” to support production in television and digital media, based on past performance in commissioning and airing convergent productions.
 
The PEP was designed to provide a greater degree of funding predictability to both broadcasters and producers. Under the PEP, a predetermined amount of funding is allocated to broadcasters at the beginning of the fiscal year. While broadcasters receive PEP allocation, CMF funds are payable to producers whose project has been greenlit by broadcasters with a PE allocation.
 
For more information on Performance Envelopes, click here.
I’m a broadcaster without an envelope allocation. How do I get one?
For more information on envelope allocation, please click here.
What is the CMF and what does it do?
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is a not-for-profit funding agency, funded by Canada’s cable and satellite distributors, as well as the Government of Canada. We are mandated by Canadian Heritage, and financially support Canadian content creation for the television and digital media industries. For more information, please click here.
Who should I contact to discuss a partnership opportunity?
For all partnership and/or media inquiries, please contact:
 
André Ferreira
Communications Manager
416.214.4402
aferreira@cmf-fmc.ca
 
Where can I find the CMF logos?
The CMF logos can be found in our Press Room.
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