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Indigenous Screen Office

Indigenous Screen Office is partnering with Netflix to provide new funding opportunities to support capacity building and culturally specific approaches for Indigenous on-screen content creators.

Indigenous Screen Office will be building this program over the coming months, however, we are offering an early deadline for Indigenous production apprenticeships taking place from October 1st, 2019 to March 1, 2020, to offer creators an extra opportunity.

Eligibility Requirements:

This deadline is open only for Indigenous Production Apprenticeships for the following applicants:

  1. Indigenous Productions: 51 percent Indigenous ownership of production, with two of the key creative roles (producer, director, writer, showrunner) held by an Indigenous person.
  2. Indigenous Applicants: Indigenous creatives may apply directly to serve as an apprentice on a production. In this case, the production and/or specialist who will be serving as mentor may be Indigenous or non-Indigenous.

For the purposes of Indigenous Screen Office programs, “Indigenous” is defined as status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.

Funding is available for fiction, non-fiction, or documentary screen-based projects in all genres. The following types of productions are eligible:

  • Short works
  • Feature-length works
  • Television series
  • Web series
  • VR, 360, digital and interactive works
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Training and professional development for the following key creative roles are eligible for apprenticeships:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Showrunner
  • Editor
  • Director of Photography
  • Costume Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Production Designer
  • Lighting Designer

Other Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible, the production must have confirmed public or broadcast funding (Telefilm, Canada Media Fund, Canada Council, provincial or territorial funding, Canadian broadcaster funding.)

Maximum Funding Amounts: Up to $15,000 for Short Works (running length of 40 minutes or under)

Up to $30,000 for feature-length, series, or non-time-based interactive works.

Application forms available on request at: All questions about the program guidelines may also be directed to this email.

Application form and guidelines available here.


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