General Info

CBC’s Breaking Barriers Film Fund and ReelAbilities Toronto have created a new fund to grant cash awards to writers of theatrical length screenplays and treatments who identify with disability.


The total amount of funds available in 2017 are $10,000. Screenplays are eligible for awards of up to $10,000. Treatments are eligible for awards of up to $2000.


Submissions must be original works in English, written or co-written (at least 50%) by the Applicant. Book adaptations are not eligible, unless the source material (novel or play) was also written by the Applicant. Applicants may submit either a Feature length screenplay (85-120 pages in “script format standard”) or a Treatment (10-20 pages double spaced). Include a logline that encapsulates the story in one line and does not exceed 50 words. Screenplay or treatment must only have the title on the cover page. Limit of one submission per Applicant.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must abide by the Terms and Conditions.

Deadline and Announcement

Application Packages must be uploaded via online application at toronto.ReelAbilities.org by midnight on August 1st, 2017. Winners will be announced online at www.cbc.ca/breakingbarriers/ and toronto.ReelAbilities.org on September 15th, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Be residents of Canada who are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be over the age of majority in their province of residence.
  • Demonstrate ownership of all underlying rights to their Submission.
  • Identify with a disability in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Application and Submission Release Form is available below.

NOTE: Incomplete applications or incorrect file types/formatting will not be considered.

Application Form

Word document version available by contacting inclusion@mnjcc.org

  • Applicants must be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status may be requested. Are you a (check one):
  • Applicants must be living permanently in Canada. Proof may be required. (check one)
  • Applicants must explain how they identify with the experience of disability to ensure that the Fund’s mandate is met. Privacy legislation protects the personal information you voluntarily provide on this application form. Disability Identification:
  • I have read, understood and agree to the Terms and Conditions:
  • Submission Release

  • (the “Submission”) The Submission (including the Application Form, the Submission Release Form, and any other materials linked to or submitted by you) and Synopsis, if applicable (collectively the "Application Package") were submitted by you for review and consideration for funding from the CBC ReelAbilities Screenwriters Fund. You understand that the execution of this release is necessary before CBC ReelAbilities Screenwriters Fund will review the Application Package, and you represent and agree as follows: 1. You are the owner and author of the Application Package. You have the full and exclusive right to submit the Application Package and no other person or corporation has any right, title or interest in the Application Package inconsistent with such right. The Application Package is not defamatory and does not infringe upon or violate the privacy rights, copyrights, trademarks, publicity or other intellectual or proprietary rights of any third party. 2. CBC ReelAbilities Screenwriters Fund has not made any promise or representation to you about the Application Package, and has no obligation to use the Application Package in any way. There is no agreement, written or oral, express implied, between you and ReelAbilities, The Miles Nadal Community Centre or CBC concerning the Application Package, other than this release. 3. CBC ReelAbilities Screenwriters Fund and its representatives will give the Application Package only the consideration that ReelAbilities, The Miles Nadal Community Centre or CBC in their sole and absolute discretion determine is appropriate. 4. ReelAbilities, The Miles Nadal Community Centre or CBC does not accept any obligation of confidentiality with respect to the Application Package. ReelAbilities, The Miles Nadal Community Centre and CBC have the right to copy, use, and distribute the Application Package for the purpose of its evaluation and review. You have kept a copy of the Application Package. There is no obligation to return the Application Package to you and no party will be responsible for any loss or damage to the Application Package. 5. CBC and ReelAbilities may have already and may in the future receive or independently develop materials similar to the Application Package, and shall have the unrestricted right to use these similar materials, and you will have no right or recourse for use of these similar materials.
  • You are hereby providing a digital signature by typing your complete name here.
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf.