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.
Soap Operas, Lifestyle Programs, Short Films, Feature Films.
WRITERS must have a writing credit on at least one of the following:
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.
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:
SCRIPTED Writing Samples
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
In order for all projects to be fairly assessed, writing samples submitted must NOT be connected to the pitch treatment included in the application.
Applications must include the following:
A jury of Black and People of Colour screen content creators will select a minimum of 10 projects in this round.
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:
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 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:
PRODUCER FEE & OVERHEAD**
45 – 60
**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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you require support.
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