Rogers-BSO
Development Fund
Guidelines

Eligible Formats

SCRIPTED series projects must be 30-min or 60-min episodes, ongoing or limited series.

UNSCRIPTED (documentary) projects must be 30-min, 45-min, or 60-min, ongoing or limited series, or one-off projects.

Ineligible Formats

Soap Operas, Lifestyle Programs, Short Films, Feature Films.

Eligibility Criteria

WRITERS must have a writing credit on at least one of the following:

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

Writers are not required to have a producer or team attached to be eligible to apply. 

PRODUCERS are eligible to apply only if they own the rights/intellectual property of the project they want to develop with a writer through this fund. Producers must own at least 60% of an incorporated production company. 

Writers are only eligible to apply with one submission to the fund. Production companies can only make one submission.

Please note: Applications in this round must be submitted in French or English only.

Assessment Criteria

Projects will compete for funding according to a selective process. To make its funding decisions, an independent jury will use the criteria noted below to evaluate the pitch document submitted by Applicants. It is important for Applicants to note that revisions will not be accepted once a project is submitted.  

Projects will be evaluated by the jury based on the following criteria: 

  • Originality
  • Premise 
  • Plot 
  • Characters 
  • Structure
  • Themes 

Writing Samples

SCRIPTED Writing Samples 

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

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.

UNSCRIPTED Writing Samples

  • 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.

In order for all projects to be fairly assessed, writing samples submitted must NOT be connected to the pitch treatment included in the application. 

Submission Requirements

Applications must include the following:

  1. Pitch treatment that best summarizes the project (one-page max)
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. Completed Attestation Form 
  4. Completed Questionnaire (with short bios and main credits for lead creatives – clearly identifying their role in the project.) 
  5. Incorporation Documents (for projects submitted by producers – producers must own at least 60% of an incorporated production company.) 
  6. One Writing Sample

Applicants must:

  • Self-identify as Black or a Person of Colour,
  • Have reached the legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, and
  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent Canadian residents.

Selection Process

A jury of Black and People of Colour screen content creators will select a minimum of 10 projects in this round.

Self Identification

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 descendant 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)

Deadline

Applications must be completed in the CISF portal and submitted by August 23, 2021, 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

Submissions will not be returned and no feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants. The BSO will not take responsibility for applications that are not submitted on time due to internet issues or technical problems.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be featured in a press release including, a photo, short bio, title and the script logline.

Selected projects will be granted industry standard fees for the following:

GENRE

MINUTES

WRITER FEE

PRODUCER FEE & OVERHEAD**

TOTAL

Scripted

30

$9,100

$2,000

$11,200

 

60

$18,200

$3,640

$21,840

Unscripted

(Documentary)

30

$7,500

$1,500

$9,000

 

45 – 60

$14,900

$3,000

$17,900

**Writers are not required to have a producer or team attached to be eligible to apply.

Producers are eligible to apply only if they own the rights/intellectual property of the project they want to develop with a writer through this fund. 

Producer fee and overhead are only applicable if a producer is applying to the fund with a writer attached. 

Producers must own at least 60% of the incorporated production company.

Deliverables

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.

Application Assistance: If you have barriers to access, including but not limited to language, internet, or physical barriers, please contact info@independentfund.org if you require support.

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