Image: Beautiful Funerals (1996) by Stan Brakhage
Every filmmaker who deposits work with CFMDC becomes a member of our organization. CFMDC is a not-for-profit, artist-run distribution centre that offers many different services to support the diverse needs of our membership. Filmmakers can use this page as reference for information about CFMDC distribution.
Filmmakers who have work in distribution with CFMDC are lifelong CFMDC members. Distribution benefits include:
Deposited work listed and searchable in our website catalogue alongside contemporary and historical work (and film print in our physical collection for analogue work).
Filmmaker page on CFMDC website, with login access to preview the entire CFMDC digitized collection online
For paid screenings, rentals, or sales, administration is covered and workload is reduced
15% off on rentals of CFMDC's Cinema and Event Space
Discount on tech services at CFMDC
Access Discord server, and option of on-demand listing for your film on https://vucavu.com/
Connection to a broader community of artists, filmmakers, and programmers, including voting rights in our AGM.
Closed captioning and subtitling
DVD/Bluray authoring and duplication for institutional sales
Members enjoy a discounted rate on all tech services. Please email email@example.com for details and rates.
Members discord + newsletter
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Discord” for access to our Members’ Lounge on Discord.
Keep an eye out for our monthly members’ newsletter for announcements, new films, and job opportunities. If you are a member and not receiving these emails, please reach out to email@example.com.
Members get access to full-length previews on our film catalogue. Log in to access. If you can’t find your username or password, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFMDC has two options for membership fees.
$75 new membership fee ($25 membership fee + $50 film deposit fee). This makes you a lifetime member and gives you one film deposit.
If you are able to afford our full administrative cost, you would be paying it forward by allowing us to offer PWYC membership to filmmakers for whom this fee would be a barrier. Thank you!
PWYC (Pay-What-You-Can) new membership fee. If the membership fee is a barrier for you, mention in our correspondence how much you would like to pay and we will invoice you for that amount instead, no questions asked. Just let us know!
New Film Deposit Fee
If you already have work in the CFMDC catalogue you can continue depositing work for distribution. $50 for a batch of 1-2 films, $75 for 3 films, $100 for four, and so on.
How do I submit a film?
You can check out our submissions page for all the information on submitting new work.
What’s the distribution timeline?
Once new and pre-existing members submit their work through our online form, we watch the film as a staff to determine how we can support the work.
We will send you an email within the month with next steps.
What criteria do you use when reviewing new submissions?
We aim to support work that fits with our mandate and vision and use this as the main frame of reference.
Can I send deliverables through email/WeTransfer/Dropbox?
Please transfer your deliverables through our Filemail (cfmdc.filemail.com) or our MyAirBridge (cfmdc.myairbridge.com). We highly prefer that you use one of these services due to reliability.
Is there a deadline for deliverables?
All dates and deadlines are entirely filmmaker-driven. The sooner you send us your work, the sooner we will be able to put it into distribution. If deliverables are on hold or taking a longer time than anticipated you can let us know.
What is the 30-second clip for?
The 30-second clip is publicly posted on our website under your film page and gives a brief preview of the work. You can use a 30-second clip for films under 20 minutes, and a 60-second clip for films over 20 minutes. This is only a guideline - you are welcome to send us a trailer or clip of a different length instead.
Do I need to send a subtitle file/transcript/dialogue list?
It is ideal to have a subtitle file/transcript/dialogue list for accessibility reasons. It also helps many international clients.
For a full FAQ including royalty timelines, please consult the Membership Documents section.
Links and Resources
Advocacy for media artists
Indigenous arm of IMAA
Advocacy for artists
Advocacy for Ontario media arts
Film scanning with other resources about analogue film and gear on website
Film processing and scanning
Artist-run centre for independent filmmakers (Toronto)
Organization supporting Black screen content
Organization and collective supporting BIPOC in TV & film industries
Indigenous film festival & presenter with workshops and other programs
Canadian film institution with production, distribution, education, and archive branches
Equipment rentals and workshops (Toronto)
Gallery, workshops, and production studio for new media (Toronto)
Artist-run centre for video artists (Toronto)
Gallery, event space, and studio (Toronto)
Artist-run animation production centre (Toronto)
Our standard contract for new film deposits with filmmakers
What we need in order to distribute the work
Frequently asked questions about depositing work and membership