Support for Emerging Creators

Aide à la création émergente



Program Type




Type of Aid


Financial Aid

Variable (see criteria)


This program is intended for companies developing projects with creators that are at the beginning of a career path in film industry or that would like to take on a creative role for which they have limited experience. Through the program, short and feature-length fiction films as well as short-, medium-, and feature-length documentaries are supported from the development stage through to production and exhibition.


  • During the development stage, financial aid can be up to:
  • $15,000 for short fiction and short- or medium-length documentaries

  • $25,000 for feature-length fiction or documentaries

  • During the production stage, financial aid can be up to:
  • $115,000 for short fiction or documentaries

  • $138,000 for medium- or feature-length documentaries

  • $750,000 for feature-length fiction (the overall budget cannot exceed $1.5 million)

  • Companies submitting an application for the first time must have at least one year of experience at the time of application
  • For a short- or medium-length work, producers, screenwriters, and directors must completed at least one narrative audiovisual work that was professionally distributed
  • For a feature-length project, producers, screenwriters, and directors must have completed at least three short-form fiction projects or one medium-length documentary that was professionally distributed
  • Companies must demonstrate to SODEC’s satisfaction that they hold the rights permitting the screenplay adaptation, production and exhibition of the project
  • A producer can participate in two projects per submission period, all production companies considered
  • A single company, including related companies, can submit one project per submission period; it can however submit two if at least one of the projects is written or directed by a woman and if at least one of them arises from the networking activities organized by SODEC prior to the application deadline
  • A short- or medium-length project that is unable to complete its development stage within 12 months of its acceptance is automatically refused in the production stage
  • A feature-length project that is unable to complete its development stage within 18 months of its acceptance is automatically refused in the production stage
  • Projects that are refused cannot be appealed as part of this program; however, they can be submitted during the postproduction stage in the Postproduction Support program if they meet eligibility requirements
  • During the production stage, SODEC generally does not accept projects where the deferred portion of salaries is greater than 50%
  • Projects benefitting from SODEC’s regular film and television production programs, as well as the previous Support for Young Creators program, are ineligible
  • Additional financial support can be added based on the financial information submitted during the production stage:
  • $5,000 to hire a director’s consultant or any other consultant connected to carrying out a production

  • $7,000 to finance the project’s exhibition strategy

  • See documentation for specific criteria for co-production projects

Eligible Expenses

  • Costs related to optioning or acquiring rights (film adaptations only)
  • Screenwriter’s fees
  • Researcher fees
  • Script advisor’s fees
  • Fees for script and dialog collaborators
  • Director’s fees (when screenwriter is not also serving as director)
  • Social benefits
  • Research costs
  • Costs related to artistic research, illustrations, graphic bible, storyboarding and character modeling (animation only)
  • Administrative costs (up to 20% of all eligible costs)
  • Producer’s salary (up to 20% of all eligible costs)

Supporting Documents

  • Completed SOD@ccès online application form
  • Master file, including:
  • A description of activities and primary achievements

  • A business plan

  • Copies of the governing documents, certificate of constitution, articles of incorporation, declaration of registration, certificate of amendment and shareholders agreement (if applicable)

  • Information on shareholders/directors

  • Organizational structures for the applicant company and, if applicable, any affiliated companies

  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant company’s executives

  • Financial statements