Indigenous Program

Due to a high demand for the Indigenous Program – Development and Predevelopment – Additional Round of Fund, the CMF will no longer be accepting applications from applicants for this program.

The Indigenous Program which forms part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream supports the growth of Indigenous production. The CMF recognizes the unique circumstances of the Indigenous production community.

Indigenous Program – Development and Predevelopment – Additional Round of Funding

The CMF will be re-opening the Development and Predevelopment portion of its Indigenous Program on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. All the sub-Program’s rules, including eligibility, contribution amounts, permitted number of projects per Applicant, and other information can be found in the Indigenous Program Guidelines.

Funding will be distributed on a first-come/first-served basis until the sub-Program’s budget is depleted or January 11, 2022, whichever comes first.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CMF’s Program Administrator at Telefilm ([email protected]) with any questions.

For selective deadlines only, applicants will be permitted to apply via Dialogue generally 10 days in advance of the Program’s Closing Date.

Dates to remember

Indigenous Program: Development and Predevelopment

First Come, First Served

First Opening Date
April 27, 2021
Final Closing Date
December 2, 2021

Indigenous Program: Development and Predevelopment - Additional Round of Funding

First Come, First Served

First Opening Date
October 19, 2021
Final Closing Date
January 11, 2022

Indigenous Program: Production


Final Closing Date
May 20, 2021


  1. Read the documents in the Guidelines and References before you apply. This will help you prepare all your documentations required for funding.
  2. Make sure you are aware of the due dates for application.
  1. Download all of the appropriate application documents.
  2. Submissions are done on the Telefilm website. You will need a Dialogue account in order to apply. Once your documents are ready, you can upload them and follow the process.
  1. If your application is approved, you will receive a contract to sign as soon as all of the conditions noted in the letter of acceptance have been fulfilled (where applicable).


If your application has been approved and you have received a Financing Agreement, applicants must visit our Approved Application Documents page to access and download additional materials including Interim Financing, CMF logos and Phase II/Final Cost forms.

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