Canada Media Fund – Experimental Stream: First Come, First Served Programs: Conceptualization Program


The Conceptualization Program, which is part of CMF’s Experimental Stream, allocates funding to eligible projects at the very beginning of a project’s creative process with the objective of giving a project a better chance to succeed for future stages of financing. Specifically, this program is designed to allow an eligible applicant to create and test a proof of concept and verify either the design idea, concept assumption or demonstrate a functionality in preparation for the prototyping phase and beyond.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of repayable non-interest-bearing advances of up to 75% of the project’s eligible Costs or $15K.


“The applicant must be either a company or Canadian Broadcaster that:

  • 1) is for-profit (i.e., a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of the Canada’s Income Tax Act);
  • 2) has at least 1 year in the Digital Media, Film or Television industry (or the company’s principal has more than 1 year in the Digital Media, Film or Television industry);
  • 3) is Canadian-controlled as determined by sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act;
  • 4) is in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds;
  • 5) has not previously received any production-stage CMF Experimental Stream funding.”

Applications Steps:

“Applicants must:

Documentation Needed:

“Applicants must submit:

  1. a completed dialogue application form with persona-id # entered in the applicable sections;
  2. a team description (max. 1 page);
  3. C.V. for each team member (max. 3 pages per cv);
  4. concept description (max. 3 pages);
  5. history (max. 1 page) indicate which entity or person holds the rights to the project;
  6. a budget;
  7. financing commitment letters or agreements for all sources of funding;
  8. a declaration of the corporation’s Canadian status, and its shareholders and directors;
  9. certificate of incorporation of the applicant.”

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