What do you mean by a professional credit?

The purpose of this program is to connect with individuals who have, for the most part, not participated in the mainstream funding landscape to date.

For the purposes of this program, a professional credit means a writer, director or producer credit on a project that:

  • Is completed outside of film school or an industry training opportunity;
  • Was financed using mainstream funding sources (such as Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, broadcaster or online subscription services licensing etc.); and
  • Subsequently either played on a broadcaster or online subscription service, was released theatrically, or toured extensively through major film festivals. 

Projects that were primarily self-financed (credit, loans, crowdfunding sources etc.) do not need to be counted as a professional credit.