The Jeff Barnaby Grant

The Jeff Barnaby Grant was created to honour the late Jeff Barnaby’s creative legacy and to recognize his tremendous and visionary contributions towards Indigenous Narrative Sovereignty, Genre Film, and Indigenous Cinema.

The grant is funded through Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity in memory of the contributions that Barnaby made through his participation in the company’s Advancing Voices program.

The Jeff Barnaby Grant is available for 5 Indigenous Film + Television creatives across Canada with productions at any stage in the Horror + Thriller + Futurism genre. 

The selection committee for this grant will comprise members from Jeff Barnaby’s Indigenous creative community.

Each selected recipient will receive $25,000 to support their projects.


  • First Nations, Inuit, or Metis film + television creatives located in Canada
  • A film or series project in the Horror, Thriller, or Futurism genre


Please complete the application form below and send the following support documents to in PDF format:

  • Letter of inquiry
  • Pitch deck
  • 2-3 page treatment for the project
  • Total project budget
  • A breakdown of how you plan to use the $25,000 grant funds for your project
  • Project + Production timeline

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact

Jeff Barnaby was an award-winning Mi’gmaq and Canadian writer/director. His short film, FILE UNDER MISCELLANEOUS screened at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Jeff’s debut feature, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, premiered at TIFF and was awarded Best Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. His most recent film, BLOOD QUANTUM, also premiered at TIFF, and was acquired by Shudder for their streaming service. These two films were featured in 2022 at the MoMA for their film series in collaboration with Caryn Coleman. BLOOD QUANTUM won 7 awards out of 10 nominations from the Canadian Screen Awards, including best Original Screenplay.