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Welcome to The Super Channel Development Fund!

We are committed to helping launch Canada's next generation of filmmaking talent and to enabling established filmmakers reach audiences in Canada and around the world. Through the Super Channel Development Fund, we offer crucial financing to Canadian feature films, feature length documentaries, and series.

Upcoming submission deadlines for development financing:
NO DEADLINE: Super Channel is now accepting submissions for late stage development funding.

Super Channel encourages the advancement of content by and about women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

ABOUT THE SUPER CHANNEL DEVELOPMENT FUND

The Super Channel Development Fund supports the development of feature films, feature-length documentaries and series. We take a craft-based and market-driven approach to the analysis of the projects submitted.

Our development financing takes the form of an interest free loan which is repayable on the first day of principal photography. When we support a project, we secure first look rights for the first broadcast window in English Canada, if those rights are available.

Before applying, please read our Guidelines, Terms & Conditions, and review the Document Checklist and Application Form to ensure you have the materials we need to receive in order for your project to be considered for funding. Please note that we have separate application forms Feature Films, Documentaries and Series submissions.

Decisions will be communicated ten to twelve weeks after each submission deadline.

Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Feature Films

While there are no particular genres or budget levels we favour, our preference is to support theatrical quality feature films. We will also consider films which are made for television (MOWs).

In our evaluation, we prioritize the quality of the script and the creative team, along with the appeal of the project to our subscribers. We always welcome projects which have financing from other sources attached.

Our preference is to support projects in the late stage of development. Late stage development (e.g. packaging) is a crucial time to build the future success of a project, but financing for this phase can be hard to access. Also, projects have widely varying needs at this point in their development. As a result, we do not provide guidelines regarding how much financing may be requested. Rather, we expect the producer to present a reasonable development budget that reflects their unique circumstance, and to make a financing request that is appropriate relative to the budget.

Please do not submit outlines, treatments or first drafts for consideration. Competition for financing from the fund is significant, and projects which are closest to the packaging stage will be considered most competitive.

Names of all participants and companies must be removed from the creative materials submitted: script, synopsis, revision notes, director’s vision and links to trailer/teaser, if included.

Feature-length Documentaries

We are interested in projects with strong concepts and characters that could potentially compete in the theatrical or festival marketplace. Super Channel is home to documentaries that entertain and surprise our audiences, introducing them to new worlds, characters or ideas. Our documentaries are concept driven, entertaining, fresh and accessible.

We prefer projects where access to subjects has already been established.

Series

We consider very few series proposals, and prefer projects with interest or potential interest from other broadcast partners. We look for distinctive, original content suitable for a Pay TV audience with strong characters, bold concepts and fascinating worlds.

Our preference is to consider projects where a pilot script has already been written. Half hour and hour-long formats are acceptable. We will also consider mini-series and limited run series.

Series submissions are not tied to our deadlines, but we recommend applicants discuss projects with Melissa Kajpust, Head of Creative Development, before making a submission.

General

We do not consider programming from the following genres: news, religion, formal education and pre-school, informal education/recreation and leisure or infomercials, promotional and corporate videos.