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Please see the following list of past programs for historical reference.

Access 2020
This partnership between Creative BC, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Canadian Media Producers Association-BC Producers Branch (CMPA-BC), provided B.C.-based producers will be eligible for up to $30,000 for the early stage development of childrenâ€s, youth and scripted drama projects for television.

The total budget for the Program is $400,000 with the CMF, Creative BC and the CMPA-BC all contributing. This is the first time the CMF has partnered with a provincial funding body and the CMPA, recognizing the strength and reputation of B.C.’s industry.

CBC Digital Production Fund

CBC and Creative BC delivered a micro-budget production fund to support the creation of video content from BC producers and creators to be showcased in connection with CBC digital platforms.

The commitment is to fund new productions that reflect, represent and reframe diverse perspectives from BC creative teams, showcasing new creative visions and furthering the careers of emerging writers, producers, and directors as they move towards the production of longer form content.

Preference will be given to projects from women, Indigenous persons, people of colour and persons with a disability to get their unique voices heard, but creators who do not fall into any of these groups may also apply for funding. It is our hope that at least 50% of successful projects will come from female creators.

CMF Early Stage Development

The Early-Stage Development Program (the Program), which forms part of the CMF Convergent Stream, allocates funding to Eligible Projects (as defined in the CMF guidelines), at the beginning of a project creative process.  The Program has two distinct access points for applicants with separate eligibility criteria for each: the Writer Access Point; and Creator Collaboration Access Point.  For clarity, Eligible Applicants, regardless of the access point, may apply to the Program with a maximum of one Eligible Project.

Creative BC has provided Letter of Interested for the CMF Early Development Program. Learn more here 

CMF Pre-Development

Eligible BC companies that successfully apply to the CMF Predevelopment Program (with a Letter of Interest supplied by a Canadian Broadcasters, as per CMF Guidelines 3.1.d) were able to apply to the Creative BC Project Development Fund for additional support as per the terms of that program. 

CMPA-BC Story Dept. Internship

Creative BC and the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) – BC Producers Branch provided one-time funding in FY2018/19 for the skills development of professionals committed to careers in writing for dramatic television.

Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarships

The Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarships are intended to honour the significant contributions that these individuals have made to BC’s film and television industry.

The BC Film Foundation currently offers multiple yearly scholarships to honour the memory and contributions of Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship, considered to be two of the founders of BC’s film and television industry.

Traditionally, two Daryl Duke Scholarships and one William Vince Scholarship are awarded each year to exceptional British Columbians who have completed post secondary studies or equivalent training at an accredited institute in their field, and are entering advanced education in film, television or digital and  interactive media. Up to $10,000 is awarded per scholarship.

Eligible disciplines include writing, directing, producing, cinematography, art direction, picture editing, sound design, visual effects and interactive media.


Daryl Duke | As a director and producer, Daryl Dukes Emmy Award winning career included successes in feature film, television drama, documentary and television specials. In a professional life that spanned more than half a century, Daryl worked with all of the major North American television networks and for most of the studios in Hollywood. His film and television assignments took him to South America, Southeast Asia, China and India, as well as the Middle East and Europe.

Daryl began his career as an editor, writer and director at the NFB and a director and producer at the CBC. He is best known for having directed The Thorn Birds, the 10 hour mini-series from the bestselling book; Tai-Pan, based on the novel by James Clavell and I Heard the Owl Call My Name, adapted from the novel by Margaret Craven.

In the mid-1970 s, Daryl founded the independent television station CKVU in Vancouver. He was the station first President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, leading it to be the highest rated station in its market.

Daryl Duke was a man of vision who worked tirelessly in support of Canadian filmmakers to help them tell their own uniquely Canadian stories.


William Vince | In a short but prolific career, William Vince produced over 30 feature films including The Snow Walker, Saved!, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the 2006 Academy Award best picture nominee Capote.

During this time, William established a reputation as a producer with wide-ranging technical knowledge and experience in all aspects of international feature film production, from complicated financing scenarios through post-production and distribution.

William was a champion of emerging filmmakers, giving many people their start in the Vancouver industry. His legacy can be found in the careers of hundreds of film industry veterans who either got their first job with him, or were given the chance to move up the ladder on one of his productions.

William legacy can also be found in the considerable charitable work he did. From a film training program for youth at risk in the downtown eastside of Vancouver to working to raise awareness of dyslexia, William was generous with his time, talent and wisdom.


Bell Media | Harold Greenberg Fund

In partnership with Creative BC, the Bell Media Harold Greenberg Fund BC Shorts Program was a financing initiative designed to bolster the emerging talent in BC, this program offers 3 emerging filmmaking teams $20,000 each to make dramatic short films aimed at showcasing new creative visions and further their careers toward feature filmmaking.

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