by Sean Horlor.
At first, filmmakers and entrepreneurs may sound like an oil-and-water kind of situation. Or as a web developer I know joked, “a match made in hell.”
Yet making an independent film in Canada is very similar to how most of us start our first businesses. You have a fantastic idea but lack the network or a platform to attract investors, build a customer base, and distribute your product to market. Now what?
For most Canadian filmmakers, the next step is to head out, hat-in-hand, to government funding bodies to kickstart financing for your project. These bodies give grants according to cultural criteria and government policy, which make them the default regulatory bodies for the kind of films that can be made in Canada.
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