Rogers/BSO
Development Fund
Frequently Asked Questions

Completed applications can be submitted at any time before the deadline. Applications must be completed in the CISF portal and submitted by 5:00pm PT, August 23, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Black people: people who trace their roots to Sub-Saharan Africa including those with origins in the United States, Caribbean and Latin America 

People of colour: people who are not White or of European descent who are descended from one or more of the following communities: 

  • Latin Americans (Latino, Latina, Latinx) 
  • Middle-Easterns and North Africans
  • South Asians 
  • Southeast Asians 
  • East Asians 

Multiracial (a combination of any of the above categories or any of the above categories with White or European ancestry).

No, projects must have no existing development or production commitments.

No, applicants are only eligible to apply with one submission to the program.

PITCH TREATMENTS must be no more than one page. 

  • Scripted pitch treatments must be for either ongoing or limited series. 
  • Unscripted (documentary) pitch treatments must be 30-min, 45-min, or 60-min one-off projects, ongoing or limited series. 

WRITING SAMPLES can be in the form of:

  • A script of a TV hour or half hour series
  • Multiple episodes of a web, animation or children series (up to 20 pages)
  • A scripted short or feature film or
  • A full-length play.
  • For unscripted writing samples, a one-page synopsis of a previous documentary film that has been broadcast or released.

The writing sample submitted must NOT be connected to the pitch treatment included in the application.

Yes, to be eligible, lead writers must have a writing credit on at least one of the following: 

  • One episode of a TV show that has been broadcast, 
  • A feature or short film that has been released theatrically or premiered at an international film festival, or 
  • A full-length produced play.

No. Please do not submit any script bibles, visuals, videos, or URL links. These are not required nor will they form part of your application's assessment.

Scripted writing samples can be in the form of:

  • A script of a TV hour or half hour series
  • Multiple episodes of a web, animation or children series (up to 20 pages)
  • A scripted short or feature film or
  • A full-length play. 

NOTE: Scripted writing samples are not required to have been broadcast on TV or released theatrically. We encourage you to submit a sample that best reflects your voice as a writer.

As most documentaries do not have a script, we require a one-page synopsis of a previous documentary film that has been broadcast on TV, released theatrically or premiered at an international film festival. 

You must include your credit on the film, dates of broadcast, release, or premiere, and name of broadcaster or exhibitor.

The lead writer and producer of the project must be BPOC creators and must meet all eligibility requirements. BPOC producers must own at least 60% of the incorporated production company.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes, however as the lead writer and producer of the project you must meet all eligibility requirements for both. BPOC producers must own at least 60% of the incorporated production company.

No, if you are the lead writer of the project, you are not required to have a producer or team attached to be eligible to apply.

No, BPOC Producers must own at least 60% of an incorporated production company to be eligible to apply.

No,  it is only if a producer is attached to the project that you need to submit incorporation documents. The producer must identify as BPOC and own at least 60% of the production company.

No, only producers are eligible for producer fees and overhead.

No, the project must have no existing development or production commitments prior to applying for the fund.

No, revisions will not be accepted once a project is submitted.

No, submissions will not be returned and no feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Successful applicants in the scripted category will receive funding to complete an outline and a final draft of one episode. 

Successful applicants in the unscripted category will receive funding to complete an outline and a full treatment.

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