5 March 2020


After a resoundingly successful first year, Fonds MELS is back for year 2. The MELS team is pleased to continue its support for filmmaking in Quebec with its $1 million assistance program for Quebec directors and producers of low-budget ($1.5 million or less) feature-length documentary or fiction films. In 2019, the fund gave seven feature films a hand up and enabled a good number of creators to realize their vision.

Vital support for production

Fonds MELS provides production support, including equipment rental, sound and picture postproduction and visual effects services, covering up to a maximum of 20% of the total production budget.

“We are very pleased to answer the call for the second year in a row and support cinematographic talent – emerging artists and established filmmakers alike – in Quebec,” says Marie-Christine Jean, Director of Business Development at MELS. “Quebec cinema has proven itself around the world and shown that our industry is bursting with creativity. What it sometimes lacks is means. This is why MELS decided to renew its funding program and reaffirm its support for Quebec’s cultural development.”

Eligibility criteria

In addition to the budget and format requirements (Quebec-made feature-length documentary or fiction film at least 60 minutes in length), applicants must have a contract with a distributor or broadcaster guaranteeing commercial distribution. The production must also be backed by at least one of the following institutions: Telefilm Canada, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebecor Fund or the Harold Greenberg Fund.

The deadline for applications is June 1, 2020. The required documents must be sent by email to [email protected]

More information on eligibility and required documents is available on the MELS website at

Information: Sophie Houle | [email protected]