National Film Board Filmmakers Assistance Program – BC & Yukon

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The Filmmakers Assistance Program (FAP) offers developing independent filmmakers an opportunity to receive financial support for their productions. In addition to this support, the FAP also provides an ideal avenue for emerging filmmakers to develop a profile and relationship with the National Film Board.

Deadline for Submission: April 15, 2021.


If you have received assistance from FAP in the past for a project you directed, you are not eligible to apply again.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Applications will be accepted from BC and Yukon residents only.

Applicants currently enrolled in a film school program are not eligible.

Applications must be for films to be directed by an emerging filmmaker who has made no more than four films or video projects (not including student films).

Neither the filmmaker nor the production, as represented by any other party, is eligible for assistance or funding for any other cinematographic work at the NFB while a FAP agreement is in effect.


FAP assistance will be limited to a maximum of $5,000 (plus GST/HST).

NFB investment is disbursed through the direct payment of third-party invoices on behalf of the filmmaker for the production.

Payment shall in no case be made directly to the filmmaker. Invoices and suppliers must be approved by the studio administrator.

Funding must be spent by March 1, 2022.

The NFB investment provided under this agreement shall be used solely for approved production and post-production expenses.

To learn more about how the Filmmaker Assistance Program works, including eligible costs, the copyright agreement and more, Click Here.


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