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CIFVF
666 Kirkwood Ave., Suite 203
Ottawa, ON K1Z 5X9

Eligibility Criteria »
Read the CIFVF's Mission and its eligibility and selection criteria for funding film and video projects.

Guide - Development »
Before investing time and resources preparing an application, you should ensure that you and your project meet the Fund’s eligibility criteria. To this end, you should begin by reading the CIFVF’s Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Film and Video Applications.

Guide - Production & Post Production » provides advice on how to complete an application for development or production or post-production financing.

The CIFVF gratefully acknowledges the financial participation of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Le Fonds reconnait L'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l'entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.
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ABOUT THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO FUND (CIFVF)

MANDATE AND ROLE OF THE CIFVF
The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund (CIFVF) is a dynamic private sector funding body which supports non-theatrical film, videos and new media projects created by Canadian independent producers to enable lifelong learning.

There are other government-funded organizations that assist the film and television industry, but none that plays exactly the same role as the Fund. The CIFVF is unique in focusing on the non-theatrical market. A broadcast licence is not required in order to apply to the CIFVF for funding: this is an extremely important factor for first time producers. The CIFVF assists projects that have been unable to attain the required level of broadcast licence fees to be eligible for Canadian Television Fund (CTF) or Telefilm funding.

The CIFVF provides financial assistance to independent producers for the development and production of English and French language films or videos and interactive digital new media programs in a variety of subject areas using the formats of documentary, docu-drama, drama and animation to inform, educate and/or instruct.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Since 1991, the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund has reviewed over 3,600 applications and provided $17.9 million to 900 independent Canadian productions, many of which have won awards in Canada and overseas.

Applications for funding are accepted at normally two specified deadlines only each year. However, for 2008, there will only be one deadline date.

The CIFVF also prepares briefs to government and to regulatory agencies such as the CRTC on behalf of the producers who work in the educational/informational program production sector.

BACKGROUND
In 1988, the Department of Communications (now called Canadian Heritage) established a $10 million program to assist the non-theatrical sector of the film and television industry, called the Canadian Non-Theatrical Film and Video Fund. In 1991, the government cancelled the program due to budget cuts, but a strong lobby from the industry persuaded the government to find funds to re-establish the program. As part of its privatization thrust, the decision was made by the government to set up a new, private sector fund that would eventually become self-financing.

The Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund was incorporated in August, 1991 as a national, non-profit organization.

MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
The Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund is managed by Executive Director Robin Jackson. The Executive Director is responsible to a Board of Directors made up of representatives of the industry. The Board of Directors meets once a year and its Executive Committee more regularly to consider and make decisions on matters of administration, policy and criteria governing the CIFVF’s financial contributions to productions, and financial management and audit.

The CIFVF strives to have the best board members available to provide knowledgeable policy and operational advice and corporate governance. Its Board members are therefore active members of the Canadian industry and, as such, are also eligible to apply to the Fund.

To ensure that there is no potential conflict of interest, no CIFVF Board member sits on the jury that makes all decisions on the selection of projects for funding. The independent jury’s decisions are final and are not ratified by the CIFVF Board of Directors.

Applications are assessed by a jury of peers, composed of one producer, one distributor and one end-user. There are three juries for Film and Video projects: one for French language projects and two for English language projects.

The CIFVF selects members for each jury from suggestions proposed by industry associations and relevant communities across the country. New juries are selected for each Deadline, and are chosen with due care and attention to ensure that none of the individual members are involved in any application submitted for evaluation at that Deadline. Names of jury members are kept confidential and are released by the CIFVF only at the end of the financial year in its Annual Report.

The CIFVF Board of Directors has established two general principles governing the commitment of funding, and also sets the eligibility and selection criteria against which applications are evaluated. These criteria are subject to periodic review.

LINGUISTIC PRINCIPLES
No less than one-third of the funding available for projects is designated to assist original French-language productions; and approximately two-thirds of the funding is designated to assist original English-language productions.

Geographic Principles
The CIFVF acknowledges that educational/informational production activity is carried out in all parts of Canada and every attempt is made to encourage and support productions originating from all regions of the country. To that end, the CIFVF endeavours to ensure that one-fifth of the monies available at each Deadline is allocated to projects originating from each of the following five regions: Atlantic and Northern Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, and British Columbia.

THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CO-CHAIRS
Nicole Hubert
Producer
Productions du Rapide-Blanc
Montreal, Quebec

Ira Levy
Producer
Breakthrough Films
Toronto, Ontario

TREASURER
Tony Merzetti
Producer
New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Coop
Fredericton, New Brunswick

SECRETARY
Huguette Dandeneau
Educator
Saint-Boniface, Manitoba

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS
Maria Shin
Producer
North-East Productions
Ottawa, Ontario

Dom Vetro
Distributor
Visual Education Centre
Toronto, Ontario

Lisa Meeches
Producer
Meeches Video Productions
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jean-Louis Robichaud
Ex-Officio
Saulnierville, Nova Scotia

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Linda Ohama
Producer
Harvest Production Ltd.
Vancouver, British-Columbia

Lori Kuffner
Producer
Cooper Rock Productions
Regina, Saskatchewan

Lalita Krishna
Producer
In Sync Video
Toronto, Ontario

Ronald Boudreau
Educator
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Ottawa, Ontario

Ian McLaren
Producer
Productions Grand Nord
Montreal, Quebec

Michelle Bjornson
Producer
Point of View Films
Vancouver, British-Columbia

Anne Golden
Distributor
Groupe Intervention
Montreal, Quebec

MANAGEMENT & STAFF

Executive Director
Robin Jackson

Office Manager
Vacant

The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund's mailing address is:
Suite 203, 666 Kirkwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 5X9
Telephone: (613) 729-1900
Toll Free: 1-888-386-5555
Facsimile: (613) 729-4610
E-mail address: info@cifvf.ca

THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FUND