CBC-APTN Early Stage Scripted Development Program for Indigenous Creators in association with the ISO

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CBC-APTN Early Stage Scripted Development Program for Indigenous Creators in association with the ISO

by ahnationtalk on June 9, 202257 Views

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 22 , 2022 5:00pm CST

Funding Amounts:
Based on project needs, up to a maximum of $30,000

All applicants are required to review these program application guidelines and the ISO General Funding Guidelines  before completing the application in the ISO Apply portal.

This moment marks an exciting opportunity for CBC and APTN to work together to support project and talent development given the creation of a new MOU between the two broadcasters. The expanded mandate of the ISO provides an opportunity to support program design, outreach and engagement.

This program will create an opportunity for an Indigenous project and professional development for creators with projects still in the pre-development phase. This would allow CBC and APTN executives to work closely with the producers and/or writers to provide a unique  opportunity for the project to move into the development and the production phase.

This pilot program will offer opportunities to emerging television creators to access CBC and APTN executives and custom tailored support for each project with the aim of getting their project to the next stage of development, and ultimately into production.

Note: Intellectual Property Rights will be retained by creator in the pre-developement stage, if a project is selected to move forward to development stage, rights will be negotiated with broadcaster(s).


Please note the spirit and intent of ISO funding is to support Indigenous creators and companies that are controlled by Indigenous people, who have decision-making authority and creative control.

For the purposes of ISO programs, “Indigenous” is defined as status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.  All applicants must be residents of Canada.

This opportunity is available to:

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers and/or producers residing in Canada;
  • Applicants who own, have secured the rights to the original IP, or can demonstrate that rights are available to them;
  • Maximum of 2 people per project;
  • Must have experience working in their field with at least 2 credits as producer, director or writer of screen-based content including feature film, short film, or web-based series;
  • Must apply with one project suitable for development, without broadcaster funding attached and still at the pre- and early-development stage;

Please note: We are currently only accepting projects that are in English or in an Indigenous language.

The partners are reviewing the feasibility of a French-language program and hoping to make an announcement later this year.


The program will run from September 2022 to the end of March 2023 and would provide custom tailored training and support in areas such as:

  • Development of bible, character and story arcs, and scripts;
  • Building broadcaster relationships
  • Industry standards and practices re: development
  • Building a team;
  • Pitching the project;
  • Budgeting;
  • Broadcast requirements;
  • And more.


  • Project description
  • Short video pitch (optional)
  • Pitch document or creative outline detailing the shows:
    • Audience, tone, genre, characters, key environment, story, and the elements that define it as a ‘singular’ series that will speak to audiences.
  • Bios and CVs for key creatives


  • This program will be assessed by a  review committee made up of representatives from APTN, CBC and the ISO;
  • The scoring criteria will be based on the:
    • Vision and strength of the project idea
    • The viability of the project and readiness, including its leads, scope and timeline;
    • Impact, including the advancement of the applicant’s career within Indigenous storytelling and possible enrichment of the cultural life of relational community(ies) or contribution to the Indigenous Screen Sector.


The ISO provides up to $500.00 CAD in additional funding to cover accessibility costs incurred during the stages of applying for a grant, completing a project, and writing your final report.

If you have barriers to access including but not limited to language, internet or physical barriers, please contact the ISO to determine appropriate accommodations and support at funding@iso-bea.ca.


All applicants to ISO programs must confirm they have read the General Funding Guidelines prior to submitting a grant.


An initial review for eligibility and missing documentation will be conducted by the ISO Program Manager. The program manager will reach out if any  further information is needed and applicants will be given a short period (maximum 10 business days) to submit anything outstanding.

*Ineligible or incomplete applications can be withdrawn at any time in the process. Applicants will be notified by the ISO when an application is withdrawn.


If at any time, an Applicant, as required by the Criteria or as requested by the ISO, provides false information or omits or misrepresents material information in connection with an application, including  with respect to Indigenous identity, such provision of false information, omission or misrepresentation will be considered an event of default and the ISO may exercise the following contractual rights:

▪ termination of any contracts, including any remedies thereunder;
▪ denial of eligibility for existing and future funding;
▪ repayment of any funds already advanced; and
▪ civil and potential criminal prosecution, in the case of fraud.

These measures may be imposed not only on the Applicant but also on related, associated and affiliated companies and individuals that are parties to the application. Any Applicant receiving approval for funding will be required to sign a legally enforceable agreement, which includes provisions concerning misrepresentations, defaults, and related matters.


A final report will be required within three months following the completion of the program. Final Reports can be accessed through the ISO Portal. Applicants with overdue final reports will not be eligible for ISO funding until the report is submitted and approved.


Recipients are encouraged to acknowledge the ISO support with textual reference and/or logo in the credit sequence, or appropriate placement in the completed work (where applicable).  ISO logos are available for download on the ISO website iso-bea.ca.

When sharing information about your participation in the proposed activity. Please also tag the ISO on any social media posts related to this grant:

  • Instagram – indigenousscreen
  • Twitter – screen_office
  • Facebook – ISO.BEA

Questions are encouraged at least two weeks prior to the application deadline date and may be directed at any time to funding@iso-bea.ca.


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