Filmmaker Cyrus Sundar Singh carries a metal tripod. Photo taken from Film Club, a documentary produced in 2001.

Filmmaker support programs

The National Film Board of Canada is dedicated to promoting the talent of emerging Canadian filmmakers – and serves as a laboratory for creation. As a Canadian public producer and distributor of audiovisual works, we firmly believe that we have a responsibility to discover new filmmakers in all regions of the country and support their development. Today, emerging filmmakers account for half of all new NFB productions and co-productions! We are proud of these results and are more determined than ever to remain at the forefront when it comes to providing assistance to emerging talent by maintaining our regular programs and making special projects available.

French Programs


Cinéaste recherché(e)

23th edition – Make your first professional animated film



This unique competition, which includes training workshops, is open to budding filmmakers in Canada’s French-speaking minority communities seeking to make a first or second documentary.

acicAide au cinéma indépendant (ACIC)

The French Program of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) provides supplementary assistance for the production of French-language films from across Canada that are particularly innovative in form and content and that run the risk of otherwise not being produced.

English Programs


Hothouse’s aim is to make animation more quickly and more flexibly in celebration of the shortest of short forms while maintaining the hallmarks of NFB animation: creative and technical excellence.

Filmmaker assistance program (FAP)

The Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP) is designed to help developing independent filmmakers complete their films/videos by providing technical services and support.