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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
Program Canadian Film or Canadian Radio- Broadcaster Special Initiatives Operates as co- Canada Council
Name Video Production Tax television and Performance Stream: (Aboriginal Language, producer through supports about
Credit (CPTC) Telecommunications Children's & Youth, French Language regional offices, plus: 50 organizations
Commission Documentary, VAPA, Outside of Quebec, Cultural Diversity (production centres)
French Drama Development, Initiative, Aboriginal
Versioning) Filmmakers Program,
Filmmaker Assistance
Program
Public or Public Public Public / Private Public Public Public
Private partnership
Type of Tax Credit Certification only; no Licence Fee Top-Up Equity funding for Equity (as co- Grants to individuals
Funding funding (grant) to productions 10/10 productions producer), at various career
which are distinctly (except Aboriginal distribution, services stages
and identifiably productions)
Canadian;
administers equity in
projects in association
with Telefilm

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Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
Programs in NB: Changes to Canada Feature Film Not a funder per se Emerging Grants - up
Addition to documentary Fund (approx. $94m); but provides the to $16K for those with
Tax Credits guidelines to be Canada New Media following assistance: less than 3 years
announced on Fund ($14m); FAP / ACIC Program experience; Mid-
March 30, 2005 - Versioning (grants) - up to $5K career - 3-7 years and
definition of Assistance, Co- for post etc. for 3-4 projects;
documentary to match Production, Loan filmmakers; NFB Established - over
CRTC; allowance for guarantees takes acquisition, but 7 years experience;
documentaries which little in way of Script Writing grants
meet ER 2 & 3 only Feature Length advance; NFB will (up to $20K);
up to 20% of budget Documentary invest 100% in Production grants (up
intended for project; NFB will also to $60K) - more
Theatrical release come in 29-49% as available to
(for more information co-producer; mostly productions without
go to the Telefilm only one-offs; broadcasters; Travel
Canada website produces approx 12 Grants and Aboriginal
www.telefilm.gc.ca feature-length docs Arts Media programs
and click on funds per year. On top of also available
and programs for the the existing theatrical
“Theatrical feature docs that the
Documentary Pilot NFB is co-producing,
Program”.) This it is earmarking, in fy
program was 2005-6, another
launched on June $400K for theatrical
14 th, 2005 and the feature doc co-
one-year pilot productions. On the
program will support English side these
the development, production dollars will
production and post- be augmented by The
production/completion Documentary
of documentary Channel, which will
features. invest an additional
$400K .On the French
side, the NFB will
continue to work with
existing co-production
partners along with
the SRC and Télé-
Québec, and
welcomes others.

Annual Budget $272m per year (all $40M per year, doc
genres) and animation (
production)

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Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
Minimum 6 out of 10 6 out of 10 or 10 out of 10, except: 10 out of 10, except Not specific Not specific
Points equivalent for Aboriginal, unless
project applies to
other envelope as
well
Live Action Director - 2 points; Almost scale as SAME / CTF uses SAME Not specific, but
Point Scale Screenwriter - 2 CAVCO, although CAVCO scale as works only with
points ; Highest Paid CRTC refers to "Lead benchmark (Essential Canadian filmmakers
Performer- 1 point; Performer" and "Art Requirement #2) (individual or
2nd highest paid Director" referred to corporations)
Performerr - 1 point; as "Production
DoP - 1 point; Art Designer"
Director - 1 point;
Composer - 1 point;
Editor - 1 point; in
DOCUMENTARY, all
positions must be
occupied by
Canadians if less than
6 points; can be 10/10
equivalent
Eligible "Qualified Applicant must be a) Either independent For equity programs, Canadian
Applicant corporation" that is Canadian, must or broadcaster- limitations where independent
Canadian-controlled control and be the affiliated production applicant owns 10% filmmakers
per the Investment central decision - companies; must be of a broadcaster, or if
Canada Act, carrying maker of a production defined as Canadian applicant receives
on the business of from beginning to corporation under more revenue from
making Canadian film end. Income Tax Act broadcasting or
/ video in the §1106 distribution than from
appropriate taxation production
year.

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Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
CRTC primarily b) Broadcaster
oversees the affiliated production
licensees company cannot be
(broadcasters), but affiliated with a
provides certification publicly-funded
for programming as broadcaster
"Canadian", so
eligible applicant
would be any
producer with a
program that
potentially could be
defined as Canadian
by CRTC Guidelines
Eligible a) production must be a) Series: production a) productions must SAME Since NFB comes in
Productions certified by CAVCO elements may vary be "distinctly and as a co-producer,
as a "Canadian film or from episode to identifiably Canadian" "eligible" takes on
video production" episode, and some OR may only meet different meaning.
episodes may not Ers 2 & 3 BUT can Mostly POV
meet minimum only receive top-up documentaries,
requirements. As long funding (max 20% of animation and new
as 60% of series' budget) and no equity media projects.
episodes meet or (TFC)
exceed minimum
requirements of point
system (6 out of 10)
project will be eligible.
Series must retain
average of 6 out of
10.
b) application for a b) Eligible genres b) Fund is a "cultural SAME
certificate of include news, sports, programming fund" -
completion must be music videos, does not support
made before the interstitials , drama, industrial or foreign
‘production’s comedy, service productions
application deadline’ documentary,
(24 months after the children's
end of first fiscal programming
following year PP
began, or an
additional 18 months
from that date
accompanied by a
waiver filed with CRA)

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
c) Eligible genres: c) Projects can also c) only supports SAME
children's, be eligible as "co- projects currently
documentary, ventures" or licensed by a
educational, fiction, "production Canadian
magazine, music, packages", which broadcaster, that will
perfo rming arts, allows involvement of be broadcast within
variety and other. non-Canadian 18 months of
production entities completion
Ineligible news, current events, Infomercials, SAME but with SAME
genres talk shows, game promotional and additional definitions
shows, sports events, corporate videos, and regarding
galas or awards other forms of documentary (how-to,
shows, fundraising advertising materials. lifestyle, human
shows, reality interest); programs
television, must meet CAB Code
pornography, of Ethics; no
advertising, industrial infomercials, music
/ corporate videos, interstitials,
programming, religious
programs (other than programming,
documentaries) that travelogues
are primarily stock
footage, programming
that is contrary to
public policy per MCH
Definition of a) "a person who is, a) a person who is a In reference to SAME Can be either a
"Canadian" at all relevant times, a Canadian citizen as "Eligible Applicants", Canadian citizen or
Canadian citizen as defined by the refers only to landed immigrant to
defined in the Citizenship Act, or corporations deemed apply
Citizenship Act, a who have received Canadian under
permanent resident their record of landing §1106 of the Income
within the meaning as Landed Immigrants Tax Regulations.
assigned by the and who are
Immigration & permanent residents
Refugee Protection
Act, or a corporation
that is Canadian-
controlled as
determined by s. 26-
28 of the Investment
Canada Act."

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Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
b) individual cannot b) Canadian
acquire permanent production company
resident status in is defined as a
order to qualify during licensee of CRTC, or
production; must have Canadian company
achieved status prior carrying on business
to commencing duties in Canada, with
on behalf of the Canadian business
production address, owned and
controlled by
Canadians, and
whose principal
business is the
production of film
Definition of a) controls and is the a) The producer is a) applicant SAME
"Producer" central decision expected, among (producer) must retain
maker in respect of other things, to be and exercise all
the production; b) involved in acquiring effective controls
directly responsible and developing the consistent with those
for acquisition of story story, selecting and of a producer; b)
and development of engaging the key includes control and
production; c) creative personnel, final approval of
identified as being the budget preparation, creative decision,
producer; d) all financing, control of financing, distribution,
positions related to expenditures and prep / approval of
producer functions distribution of the budget
must be held by production; b) must
Canadians, except for be Canadian, must be
"courtesy credits" as central decision -
granted by CAVCO maker from beginning
to end; c) must be
prepared to
demonstrate full
decision-making
power
Ownership & a) Company must be Certification speaks a) under Canadian SAME
Distribution "Canadian-controlled" primarily of the ownership and
per s. 26-28 of production, not the Canadian executive
Investment Canada production company and creative control
Act

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Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
b) company's primary b) under financial SAME
activity in tax year is control of Canadians
Canadian film or or permanent
video production residents

c) may need to c) controlled SAME


confirm corporate creatively and
eligibility thru Canada financially by
Revenue Agency / Canadians during all
Income Tax Rulings phases of production
Copyright a) Canadian Must be wholly a) applicant owns all SAME
Ownership corporation must hold Canadian except in rights (including
exclusive worldwide cases of co-ventures, copyright) and options
ownership for all production packages necessary for
commercial or twinning production and
exploitation for distribution in Canada
25 years; There is no and abroad and
requirement for retains and ongoing
Canadian copyright financial interest in
ownership project

b) controls initial
licensing for
commercial
exploitation;

Broadcast & Production must have Not discussed Project must be SAME, except that NFB has key mandate
Distribution agreement in writing licensed by a funding is generally in as a distributor, so
at FMV with either a Canadian the form of equity takes on its own
Canadian distributor broadcaster; funding investment distribution
or broadcaster to is licence fee top-up requirements
have production
shown in Canada
within two years of
production being
completed and
commercial
exploitable

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name CAVCO CRTC CTF Telefilm National Film Board Canada Council for
the Arts
Technical Nothing specific as to Anything from Programs must be a Same, with some
Requirements length, closed interstitials to feature minimum of language allowance
captioning etc.; films 30 minutes broadcast for Aboriginal
program allows for length, closed programs
shorts (which CAVCO captioned, in either
describes as 74 English or French
minutes or less) which
it considers
separately from series
Consideration None Broadcaster Specific programs for
for Cultural / Performance Aboriginal Language
Regional / Envelopes will be programming
Language adjusted to support
broadcasters who
support regional
(150 km outside
Montreal or Toronto)
productions
Expenditures Not less than 75% of At least 75% of No specific
total of all costs in services costs and regulations
respect of producing post-production costs
the production must must be paid to
be provided to or by Canadians (defined in
individuals are guidelines)
Canadians
Fund purpose CAVCO reviews the to support the
Canadian content of production and
productions applying broadcast of a
for tax credits; tax specific type of
credit certification cultural significant
under the Income Tax television and film
Act / requirements production
under (draft) Income
Tax Regulations s.
1106; determines
Canadian content and
qualified labour
expenditure
Sunset date On-going On-going www.telefim.gc.ca for 1-800-267-7710 October 1 and March
/deadlinesand/ Robert Soucy or Nick Ketchum www.canadiantelevisi various regional www.nfb.ca 1 application
or contact David Shea (613) nick.ketchum@crtc.gc onfund.ca for program offices and program deadlines
information 946-7586 .ca information information 1-800-263-5588
416-214-4400

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name BCE-CTV Benefits Bell Broadcast and CIFVF CIDA CWIP Corus Telelatino Fund
New Media Fund
Program Documentary Events; Production Fund and Canadian Mass Media Initiative CanWest Western Corus Telelatino Fund
Name MOW Companion Development Fund Independent Film and Independent
Documentaries; Video Fund Producers Fund
Cross -Cultural
Development Initiative
Public or Private Private Private, not-for-profit Public Private, not-for-profit Private
Private
Type of "Bonused" licence Grants Grants (both Grants (some monies Grants Licence fee top-up;
Funding fees, equity, production and might be repayable), development
distribution advances development) for contributions financing may also be
educational / considered
informational
programming
Programs in Production and Post- Women's
Addition to production monies; Programming Fund,
Tax Credits fund strictly for Corus Made With Pay
educational / Development Fund
informational
programming; up to
$10K for development
and up to $50K for
production / post-
production
Annual Budget $140 million over Production: $4.5m per $2 million per year (all $23.9 million over $1.1 million (all
7 years, ending in year; Development: genres) 5 years; no longer genres)
2007 (all genres) $500K per year (all taking applications
genres)
Minimum 6 out of 10 (qualify for 8 out of 10 - not 8 out of 10 - not Not specified 8 out of 10 (notes that Programs must be
Points CAVCO) specific as to where specific as to where projects can be 8 out eligible for certification
points drop points drop of 10 on either the as "Canadian
CAVCO or CRTC Production" pursuant
scales) to CAVCO or satisfy
definition of Canadian
program per CRTC
Live Action Qualify for CAVCO N/A
Point Scale only

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Fund Name BCE-CTV Benefits Bell Broadcast and CIFVF CIDA CWIP Corus Telelatino Fund
New Media Fund
Eligible Independent a) must be a) must be a) Canadian a) permanently Canadian owned and
Applicant Canadian producers independent independent producer individuals and established prod co controlled production
producers or and Canadian citizen organizations in film, operating in Western company with
broadcaster-affiliated television (incl. Canada for a demonstrated
(limited to 25% of broadcasters), minimum of 3 years experience in
funds per fiscal year) magazines, NGOs, television production
individuals w/
experience in
communications
b) must have either b) production b) must be Canadian b) broadcaster- Proposals especially
broadcast or new company must be citizens or affiliated prod cos are encouraged from
media experience that Canadian-owned and corporations not eligible if primary Canadian producers
is relevant; c) must operated, or non-profit licence from same of Italian and / or
demonstrate sound organization; c) film / broadcaster Hispanic origin
financial position & video as principal
expertise activity
Eligible Projects must have Educational and a) eligible projects a) production must be Documentary, drama
Productions both a broadcast and informational include, but not certified by either and comedy, music
new media productions geared to limited to: television CRTC or CAVCO as and dance, variety,
component, although a non-theatrical and radio productions, "Canadian talk shows
is possible to receive market magazine / production"
only new media newspaper articles,
funding exhibits, innovative
projects
Can only get funding b) cannot focus on the b) must be aired Must be of particular
in a series for one activities of an within 2 years of appeal to Canadian
season organization (i.e. delivery to viewers of Italian and
promotion), or cultural broadcaster / or Hispanic origin
or tourism themes and be of primary
relevance to that
audience
c) must be consistent
with CIDA's mandate

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Fund Name BCE-CTV Benefits Bell Broadcast and CIFVF CIDA CWIP Corus Telelatino Fund
New Media Fund
Ineligible Program is genre- Cannot be news, CIFVF will not accept Ineligible programs SAME Not specifically
genres specific - dramatic reporting or actualities applications for include those that defined
series, converged or sports; must meet sponsored projects or focus on the activities
series, MOWs, docs, Guidelines re sex role where the producer of a specific fund-
variety show portrayal and violence does not hold the raising organization,
per CRTC; new media copyright or those that focus on
portion cannot be for anthropological,
cons ole games and ethnographic, cultural,
must be more than geographic or tourism
promotional website themes; involve the
creation of new
websites or NGO
newsletters
Definition of Since programs must Must meet CAVCO Producer must be a Canadian citizen or Not specified Not specifically
"Canadian" be able to qualify 8/10 certification or be Canadian citizen or landed immigrant defined
under CAVCO, those official treaty co- permanent resident
definitions apply production
Definition of Independent Producer must have Not specified Must have
"Producer" producers (not CTV); demonstrable control demonstrated
again, since must be over all financial, experience in
able to qualify for creative and editorial television production
CAVCO, CAVCO matters related to the
rules apply production, be the
proven and principal
owner of copyright,
maintain sole editorial
control
Ownership & Per CAVCO a) must be Canadian Producer must be Producer must be Applicant company Canadian owned and
Distribution citizens or landed prepared to enter into Canadian, and project must demonstrate controlled production
immigrants an exclusive contract must focus on majority creative and company
for distribution in Canadian financial control of
Canada for a period participation project
of 3 years with private
sector, Canadian-
owned and controlled
distribution company
with track record in
non-theatrical
distribution
b) company must be
Canadian -controlled
within meaning of
Investment Canada
Act

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Fund Name BCE-CTV Benefits Bell Broadcast and CIFVF CIDA CWIP Corus Telelatino Fund
New Media Fund
c) must be doing
business per §1106 of
Income Tax Act
Copyright Producer must own Can be single Must be able to show Must sit with the
Ownership copyright; CTV may production company "production control", production company
acquire equity for both components, including ownership
or two production and control of
companies, each copyright
holding respective
rights; applicants
must have creative
control over
respective
components and own
copyright
Broadcast & Programs funded Must have a licence Project does not need Must include signed Must have broadcast Must be licenced by
Distribution specifically for from Canadian to have a broadcast undertakings to licence in cash at Telelatino
broadcast on CTV; broadcaster with licence, but must at distribute, broadcast FMV; must air within 2
must also meet "terms according to least have a non- or publish the project years of delivery
CAVCO regulations industry norms" theatrical distributor. (not necessary for
development monies)
Technical Must be to broadcast Must have a Funds will not be
Requirements quality; acceptable by broadcast length of at used to acquired fully
network least 30 minutes completed programs
Consideration Cross -Cultural English or French, English or French; Programming of
for Cultural / Development Initiative national fund 2/3rd in English, 1/3 in appeal and relevance
Regional / looks specifically at French; other to Italian and / or
Language cultural stories; languages must have Hispanic Canadians
producers can pitch to voice-overs or
regional offices in all subtitles in either
streams; generally English or French;
only in English also assigns 1/5th of
monies to regions
Expenditures

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Fund Name BCE-CTV Benefits Bell Broadcast and CIFVF CIDA CWIP Corus Telelatino Fund
New Media Fund
Fund purpose Priority programming Mandate to advance Geared to educational Increase the To enhance the Assist in the
(per CRTC) made by Canadian / informational Canadian public Western Canadian development and
independent broadcasting system; projects and awareness and film and television creation of
Canadian producers; encourages creation documentaries. understanding of production industry programming for
incremental priority of excellent digital international audiences served by
programming - over media; promotes development issue. Telelatino (primarily
and above Canadian partnerships and Italian and Hispanic)
programming CTV sustainable
already acquires businesses in
broadcast and new
media sectors
Sunset date
/deadlines Benefits ending in Deadlines March and March 31, 2006 Claude Michaud jrobinson@cwipfund.c Susan.maleka@corus
and/or contact 2007. October 1 for info@cifvf.ca Mmi-imm@acdi- a ent.com
information b.bettens@ctv.ca production financing cida.gc.ca
February, May and Go to
October 1 for www.corusent.com for
Developing new the various fund end
media dates.
bellfund@ipf.ca

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Fund Name Corus Women's Harold Greenberg Global Development Omni Documentary and Rogers Cable Rogers
Programming Fund Fund Fund Drama Fund Network Fund Documentary Fund
Program Corus Women's Documentary funding Global Development Omni Documentary Fund Rogers Cable Core Funding and
Name Programming Fund in French only Fund Network Fund Top-Up Financing
Public or Private Private, not-for-profit Private Private, not-for-profit Private, not-for-profit Private, not-for-profit
Private
Type of Licence fee top-up Equity Development loans Licence fees Equity Core Funding -
Funding and Development Grant; Top-up - non-
assistance available recoupable
advances; restricted
to one-off
documentaries and
limited series (5
episodes or less)
Programs in
Addition to
Tax Credits
Annual $13.5 m in licence $2m / year (French $1.6 million (all $5 million per year (all $1 million per year
Budget fees; $1.5 m for only - all genres) genres) genres) (documentary only)
development
Minimum Programs must be 8 out of 10 (notes that Not specific "Canadian program" as 8 out of 10 CRTC 8 out of 10 CAVCO
Points eligible for projects can be 8 out defined by CRTC; no or CRTC
certification as of 10 on either the points defined
"Canadian CAVCO or CRTC
Production" scales)
pursuant to CAVCO
or satisfy definition
of Canadian
program per CRTC

Live Action
Point Scale
Eligible Canadian owned a) must be Canadian- a) access is limited
Applicant and controlled controlled corporation to individuals &
production as defined in tax corporations who
companies with credit regulations in are Canadian
demonstrated Income Tax Act independent
experience in producers
television production
Western-based b) if part of corporate
companies group, must be
particularly incorporated
encouraged separately

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Fund Name Corus Women's Harold Greenberg Global Development Omni Documentary and Rogers Cable Rogers
Programming Fund Fund Fund Drama Fund Network Fund Documentary Fund
Eligible Documentary, Canadian drama a) must be dram a, Similar description
Productions drama and comedy, and comedy series documentary, as in CTF Doc
music and dance, and documentaries; children's, Module
variety variety may also be educational,
considered instructional,
performing arts &
variety
Should be of informs or engages
particular relevance in critical analysis;
to women, featuring provides in-depth
messages analysis; designed
respectful to female to inform, but can
audience entertain, etc.
Should inform and Can be theatrical
entertain and be length, but must be
relevant to pre-sold to national
contemporary and broadcaster
modern audience
Ineligible Not specifically SAME Not specific Not specific in Guidelines Only specifically Specifically
genres defined mentions news, mentions current
actualities and events, talk shows,
reporting, sports and magazine formats,
that programming instructional videos
must adhere to CAB
Code of Ethics and
programming
standards set by the
CRTC
Definition of Not specifically Not specified Not specific in Guidelines Not specific Not specific
"Canadian" defined
Definition of Must have
"Producer" demonstrated
experience in
television production
Ownership & Canadian owned a) must be Canadian- a) beneficial
Distribution and controlled controlled ownership of the
production company documentary must
be retained by a
Canadian citizen
b) must operate
principally as a
television or film
producer

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Fund Name Corus Women's Harold Greenberg Global Development Omni Documentary and Rogers Cable Rogers
Programming Fund Fund Fund Drama Fund Network Fund Documentary Fund
c) cannot own more
than 10% of a
broadcaster, or be
owned or controlled
by a broadcaster
Copyright a) Prod co must own
Ownership all rights and options
necessary for the
production for its
distribution and
exploitation in
Canada and abroad;
b) prod co must retain
financial interest in
project
Broadcast & Must be licenced by Must have a) Must have
Distribution a Corus service guaranteed, first licence fee, of FMV
window, one year from national
exclusive from Canadian
English cable channel broadcaster
(English); French
docs can have
specialty service
licence
Technical Funds will not be First window must be Must be either 30 or 60 Must have a Must treat specific
Requirements used to acquired specialty service (not minutes in broadcast broadcast length of at topic over at least
fully completed public broadcaster); length least 30 minutes; 30 minutes
programs subsequent windows must be closed
can be public captioned
Consideration Programming of Must be in a language
for Cultural / appeal and other than English,
Regional / relevance to female French or an Aboriginal
Language audiences language
Expenditures
Fund purpose Incremental support
to ensure the
creation of
exceptional
programs for
Canadian women
Sunset date See previous page On-going Cynthia Joseph Malcolm Dunlop On-going Same as previous
/deadlines Odile Methot 416-466-5526 or omninews@rcirogers.com Robin Mirsky-Daniels
and/or contact info@lefond.astral.com Michael Ghent 416-935-2526
information 604-742-8879

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Fund Name Rogers Telefund Shaw Rocket Fund TELUS Television A-Channel Alberta Cultural Alberta Foundation
Development Fund Production Fund Industries Assn for the Arts
Program Name Rogers Telefund fka Shaw Television Telus Television A-Channel Western Alberta Cultural Alberta Film
Broadcast Fund Development Fund Production Fund Industries Association Development
Loan Guarantee Program
Public or Private, not-for-profit Private, not-for-profit Private; delivered by Private, not-for-profit Public Public
Private public organization (status currently
dependent on
purchase of Craig
Media by CHUM)

Type of Funding Interim or Bridge Equity Interest-free loans Licence Fee Loan guarantees Grants (not genre
financing specific)
Programs in No tax credits, but
Addition to Tax AFDP exists which is
Credits grant program; not
genre specific but 1/3
of productions funded
in 2004 were docs;
20¢ on the dollar of
anything spent in
Alberta (for docs,
includes shooting
outside the province)
Annual Budget Revolving fund $7 million + per year $10 million licence
(children's only, term (all genres)
including
documentary)
Minimum Points Not specific 8 out of 10 CAVCO or Not specific, but Not specific Not specific
CRTC "programs must
reflect Canadian
cultural diversity in
content and / or cast
and crew"
Live Action
Point Scale
Eligible Independent a) must be Western Canadian a) Alberta parent film
Applicant Canadian producers independent independent production
Canadian producer, producers companies
with incorporate
company

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Fund Name Rogers Telefund Shaw Rocket Fund TELUS Television A-Channel Alberta Cultural Alberta Foundation
Development Fund Production Fund Industries Assn for the Arts
b) prod co cannot be b) Single purpose
owned or controlled production company
by any non-Canadian that is majority owned
individual or by an Alberta parent
permanent resident film prod co
per Immigration Act
or non-Canadian
corporation
Eligible Must have broadcast a) Must be for a) Productions must a) filming is
Productions licence agreements children's, youth or be competitive in conducted in Alberta,
plus secured family audience; must prime time except for those with
commitments from be told from point of identified out-of-
other funding view of youth province filming
agencies

Must be outstanding b) Principal b) must reflect b) filming must be


in quality and photography cannot cultural diversity in supported by a
Canadian theme occur before content and / or cast Canadian broadcast
application date and crew licence or a
distribution advance /
guarantee from
recognized distributor
c) projects with
budgets over $500K
require 65%
confirmed financing
Ineligible Not specific news, reporting and news and SAME with inclusion
genres actualities, sports; information; sports of "amateur video"
production, at a
minimum, must
conform to CAB
guidelines re sex
portrayal, CRTC re
violence & children
Definition of Not specific a) Production Not specific Not specific
"Canadian" company must be
owned and controlled
by Canadian citizen /
permanent resident
as defined by
Immigration Act

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Fund Name Rogers Telefund Shaw Rocket Fund TELUS Television A-Channel Alberta Cultural Alberta Foundation
Development Fund Production Fund Industries Assn for the Arts
b) eligible corporation
must meet Canadian
test as set out in
Income Tax Act
Definition of
"Producer"
Ownership & a) Ownership and Applicants must be Alberta-owned and
Distribution control of Canadian Alberta residents and operated production
distribution rights derive their primary companies
must remain with a source of income
Canadian as defined from the independent
by Immigration Act or film and video
Income Tax Act industry. Production
company must be
incorporated in
Alberta, or federally
incorporated and
registered in Alberta.
Copyright a) Canadian owned /
Ownership controlled corporation
must hold worldwide
copyright in
completed
production; treaty co-
productions qualify
Broadcast & Canadian a) Must have licence Fund provides licence Must have licence fee
Distribution broadcaster must be from eligible fee and expects from Canadian
in place Canadian national broadcast broadcaster or
broadcaster; b) must rights distribution advance
play within two years
of completion
Technical
Requirements
Consideration Additional monies
for Cultural / available through
Regional / Atlantic Regional
Language Incentive for
producers in NB,
Nfld, NS and PEI
Expenditures Approximately
$7 million per year

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Fund Name Rogers Telefund Shaw Rocket Fund TELUS Television A-Channel Alberta Cultural Alberta Foundation
Development Fund Production Fund Industries Assn for the Arts
Fund purpose Investment in
Canadian children's
programming for
television
Sunset date Same as previous Leighsa Burmaster Telusfund@telus.com For term of licence 780-498-5536 Jane Bisbee
/dealines page for Rogers Fund info@rocketfund.ca Administered by 403-508-2222 Jane.bisbee@gov.ab.
and/or contact Alberta Cultural info@a-channel.com ca
information Industries Association

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name BC Film Manitoba Film and Video New Brunswick Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Film Development Ontario Media
Production Tax Credit Film Labrador Film Corporation Development
Corporation
Program Name Film Incentive BC MFSDC Tax Credit; NB Film Tax NL Tax Credit; NL NSF Tax Credit, Equity OFTTC
Market Driven Television Credit Film Equity Investment, Development Loans
Development; Market Investment
Driven Television Program
Production
Public or Public Public Public Public Public Public
Private
Type of Tax Credits Tax Credits, equity for Tax Credits, Tax Credit, Equity Tax Credit, Equity, Loans Tax Credit and
Funding including Basic production (up to 8% of Equity, some funds for
Incentive, budget) and Development market access,
Regional development funding. Loans research and Al
Incentive, Training Waxman Calling
Incentive and Card Program
Digital / VFX
Incentive
Programs in Development Development Fund; Development No genre differentiation re Research funds;
Addition to Tax financing Production Fund (up to Fund; Equity funds; job creation primary goal; Al Waxman
Credits including research 8% of budget) Fund mandate not culturally driven Calling Card;
etc.; Marketing (industrial loans and equity Market Access
program support; investment); Emerging Award Program
Special Initiatives Fund with CIBC
(i.e. Doc Talk,
Kick Start)
Annual Budget
Minimum Points 6 out of 10 MFS has own point NB formerly had Not specific No requirement 6 out of 10
CAVCO system: Documentary own point CAVCO
(minimum 8 points): system; in
Director - 2 points; process of
Scriptwriter - 1 point; redesigning
DOP - 1 point; Sound eligibility
editor - 1 point; Sound
recordist - 1 point; Editor
- 1 point; Composer - 1
point; Prod Mgr /
Coordinator - 1 point;
Remaining crew 50%
Manitoban - 2 points;
50% of post costs spent
in Manitoba – 2 points
Live Action
Point Scale

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name BC Film Manitoba Film and Video New Brunswick Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Film Development Ontario Media
Production Tax Credit Film Labrador Film Corporation Development
Corporation
Eligible a) British Must be permanent a) must be For Equity Investment: Must be a) mus t have a
Applicant Columbia Canadian corporation; incorporated Nova Scotia resident - permanent
controlled prod co primarily film / video federally or in maintained principal residence establishment in
production; 25% of NB for tax purposes in NS for at Ontario
wages to eligible least 12 consecutive months
employees; for Market- prior to application; For Tax
Driven TV Development, Credit: must be taxable
must have confirmed Canadian corporation with
funding from third-party permanent establishment in NS
source; must show
market potential thru
broadcaster cash
commitment of 20% or
strong commitment from
distributor; for Market-
Driven TV Production,
must have confirmed
funding in place to
complete
b) producer must b) head office b) a company must be owned at
be both Canadian and principal least 51% by NS residents, or:
resident and BC place of c) full production office facility
resident business must based in NS for at least
be in NB 12 consecutive months prior to
date of application, or one of its
wholly owned production
companies
Eligible a) 75% of Documentaries eligible; a) television, with a) five distinct categories:
Productions principal must demonstrate licence features (including docs), TV
photography must commercial viability series, TV mini-series, TV
be in BC (not through broadcaster or specials, non-theatrical new
applicable to distribution interest media
documentary
productions)
b) cinema / video
with commitment
from distributor
c) non-theatrical
with sales potential
& distribution

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name BC Film Manitoba Film and Video New Brunswick Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Film Development Ontario Media
Production Tax Credit Film Labrador Film Corporation Development
Corporation
Ineligible Not specific news, current events or SAME with SAME SAME SAME with the
genres public affairs, or inclusion of inclusion of
programs that include variety shows, television not
weather or market music videos show in prime
reports, talk shows, and "anything time (except
game shows, sports that does not children's), non-
events or activities, gala enhance the Canadian
presentations, award image of the film controlled service
shows, programs that industry in NB" productions
solicit funds, reality
television, pornography,
industrial, programs that
are primarily stock
footage, or incomplete
productions
Definition of Not specific a) Definition of a) Definition of Not specific
"Canadian" "Manitoban": legally New Brunswick
entitled to be and remain Resident:
in Canada maintained a
principal
resident for
income tax
purposes in NB
for at least 12
consecutive
months prior to
application
b) has resided in
Manitoba for at least one
year
Definition of
"Producer"
Ownership & a) place of business / a) Only a) prod co must
Distribution head office in Manitoba incorporated NL be Canadian
film and video controlled
companies may
apply
b) majority of shared b) Corporations b) must qualify for
owned by persons who must prove primary federal tax credits
have been Manitoba focus is film &
residents for at least one television
year

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name BC Film Manitoba Film and Video New Brunswick Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Film Development Ontario Media
Production Tax Credit Film Labrador Film Corporation Development
Corporation
c) producer must
be an Ontario
resident for at
least two years
prior to the
production
Copyright a) BC production No necessary for tax Producer must own or control all
Ownership company must credits; co-productions rights; for co-productions, NS
own more than made be eligible for mkt production company own and
50% of the driven programs control at least 20% of rights
copyright in the providing Manitoba
production producer has equal 50%
share in control;
ownership of finished
product should be
beneficially and equitably
owned in Manitoba
Broadcast & Must have licence Must have been Must have a letter Must have written confirmation a) production
Distribution fee from issued a of intent or written from broadcaster or distributor; must be shown in
Canadian distribution commitment for FF Distribution Fund recipients Ontario within two
broadcaster or agreement and / telecast must have secured theatrical years of
distributor; must or a broadcast release and play 7 consecutive completion by
be shown in licence nights in Halifax Ontario-based
Canada within two distributor or
years of Canadian
completion broadcaster
during prime time
Technical
Requirements

Consideration In Market Driven Significant Minimum of 85%


for Cultural / production, enhanced benefit expected of days of
Regional / position for French and for NB principal
Language Aboriginal productions photography or
key animation
must be done in
Ontario, unless
doc or co-pro;
projects show
entirely outside of
GTA eligible for
bonuses

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name BC Film Manitoba Film and Video New Brunswick Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Film Development Ontario Media
Production Tax Credit Film Labrador Film Corporation Development
Corporation
Expenditures For documentary Minimum of 25% For co-productions, 75% of all
productions, a of labour costs expenditures in NS must be at production costs
minimum of 75% in NB to NB least equal to NS ownership of and 95% of all
of production residents rights; for Tax Credits, 25% of post costs must
costs must be salaries and wages must be be incurred in
paid to BC paid to eligible individuals Ontario
residents or
companies; 75%
of post costs must
be incurred in BC
Fund purpose To support Manitoba- To assist and promote the
based production; will development of the private-
provide equity sector film and television
investments to assist in industry in North America
the production financing
of a fully-developed
project
Sunset FIBC tax credit Go to Development .877-738-3456 Shelly Creighton 416-314-6858
date/dealine program March www.mbfilmssound.mb.c Loans and www.newfilm.nf.net novascotiafilm@ns.sympatico.ca www.omdc.on.ca
and/or contact 31, 2008 a Equity
information Robert Wong for information on tax Investment Please go to www.film.ns.ca for
st
bcf@bcfilm.bc.ca credit increases. March 31 of information on tax credit
each ye ar. Tax increase, and regional and
credit December frequent film bonus
31, 2006
nbfilm@gnb.ca

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name Technology PEI SODEC Saskatchewan Film and Video Yukon Film
Development Corp.
Program Name TechPEI Société de dé veloppement des SaskFilm Yukon Film and Sound Incentive
entreprises culturelles Programs
Public or Private Public Public Public Public
Type of Funding Development loans, equity (for a) Tax credits (QC and service Development loans, Equity, Development and Production
indigenous producers) plus labour productions) b)Equity Documentary Fund (equity), Tax Funds, Location Initiatives
rebate program based on PEI- investment, grants, recoupable Credit, market access program (Labour & Travel) - rebate
resident labour advances (including program
development, production,
marketing and distribution in QC
and abroad)
Programs in Script Development; Production Documentary Equity Program; No provincial tax; Location
Addition to Tax & distribution fund; dedicated Development Program, Market Incentive Program; Four
Credits funds: Access different funds for
production: feature length documentaries: Entry (up to $5K
(drama) ; documentaries (one- twice a year); Training (up to
off, series, mini series, feature $3K); Development (up to
length); short films (up to 49% $45K); Production (up to
with $ cap per genre) $500K); Yukoners can co-pro
distribution: marketing in QC, with 51% partner
commercial and non commercial
exhibition, festivals in QC and
special projects.
Annual Budget
Minimum Points Not specific Tax credit: 6 out of 10 Quebec 8 out of 10 for MAXEquity Not specific
content points (key creative program;
Quebec residents); also 75% of
other QC expenditures must be
QC expenses.
Other programs: must respect
the QC production definition
based on 75% QC expenses on
scripwriters and directors fees,
services, cast, distribution in QC
and QC distributor.
Live Action Point None
Scale
Eligible Applicant a) incorporated in Canada with Only QC -based companies a) Only Saskatchewan-based Yukon corporations
permanent establishment in PEI eligible for funding (exc. producers eligible for funding
Services Tax Credit) and not
related to broadcaster

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name Technology PEI SODEC Saskatchewan Film and Video Yukon Film
Development Corp.
b) principal business the production Tax credit: majority of b) prod co must be incorporated
of film & television shareholders must be resident in Saskatchewan or federally
in QC; for other programs, and registered in Saskatchewan
2/3rds shareholders resident in and
QC
c) applicants must be Canadian
citizens or landed immigrants
who currently reside in
Saskatchewan and 3 months
prior to application date; for
development, equity and doc
programs, prod co must own a
portion of the copyright
Eligible Productions Tax credit: a)must receive a) for Doc Fund, description of
advance ruling or certificate documentary parallels that of
from SODEC CTF
b) eligible genres include b) eligible genres (in general)
features, MOWs, include: feature films, MOWs,
documentaries, children's, children's, short dramatic,
certain variety and magazine documentary, education,
shows experimental, variety, non-
Other programs: limited to theatrical, IMAX
feature film (drama)
documentaries (one-off, feature
length, series, mini series) and
short films
Ineligible genres SAME with inclusion of infomercials SAME with the inclusion of "any SAME with the inclusion of
/ infotainment, music videos, program that contravenes the infomercials / infotainment
magazine formats Criminal Code, or contains
excessive violence, sexual
violence or racial stereotyping"
Definition of
"Canadian"
Definition of
"Producer"
Ownership & a) residents of PEI must own For Tax Credits and other a) applicants must be a) for production funds, a Yukon
Distribution majority of voting shares in programs: a) production Saskatchewan residents who corporation must own 51%
company company must be a corporation derive primary income from film interest in project; for co-
having its principal production funds, producer must
establishment in Quebec demonstrate that Yukon
resident / corporation
participates as a full partner in
the project at terms no less
favourable than other producers

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name Technology PEI SODEC Saskatchewan Film and Video Yukon Film
Development Corp.
b) cannot be a distributor or b) principal business is film or b) must receive sole or shared b) must be a Yukon registered
broadcaster television producer credit company beneficially owned by
Yukon residents
c) company must not be directly c) must be experienced c) distributors, broadcaster and
or indirectly controlled by producers broadcast affiliates are ineligible
someone who has not been
resident in Quebec for
24 months
Copyright Copyright must be owned by the a) producer / prod co must be
Ownership production company owner or co-owner of the
project, control copyright and
receive share of revenues; For
tax credit, no copyright is
required
Broadcast & a) must have commitment from For Tax Credits: a) must have a) for MAXEquity, must have Production & Development
Distribution broadcaster / distributor commitment from broadcaster broadcast licence at least 15% Fund applications must
or distributor; b) must be of budget; b) for Doc Fund, must demonstrate cash support from
broadcast or exhibited in have licence fee of FMV broadcaster or distributor

For other programs: a) feature


films (drama and documentary).
b) documentaries must have a
commitment from a)QC
distributor b) broadcaster airing
in QC
Technical
Requirements
Consideration for Tax credit: bonus for regional
Cultural / Regional / and French speaking
Language productions; bonus for computer
animation and special effects
Other programs (screenwriting
& production): minimum of
80%of funds to French speaking
projects

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Documentary Funding Resources

Fund Name Technology PEI SODEC Saskatchewan Film and Video Yukon Film
Development Corp.
Expenditures Tax credits: for productions over
75 minutes - 75% of both
production and post-prod costs
must be paid to Quebec
residents; under 75 minutes,
content points do not apply but
production must pay out 75% of
prod costs to Quebec residents
Other programs: must respect
QC production definition
Fund purpose Must provide economic impact for Tax credit: leverage for Projects that develop local skills
PEI capitalisation, higher share on and expertise for film production
revenues for producers
Other programs: cultural impact
Sunset Nancy Roberts Joelle Levie Susan Bell Iris Merritt
date/deadlines ndroberts@gov.pe.ca 514-841-2200 bell@saskfilm.com info@reelyukon.com
and/or contact www.sodec.gouv.qc.ca
information

PLEASE NOTE: ALL CONCERNED WERE SENT A COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY FUNDING RESOURCES CHART ON AUGUST 12, 2005 AND A REMINDER ON
AUGUST 19, 2005. THE ABOVE INFORMATION INCLUDES ALL INFORMATION RECEIVED AS AT AUGUST 25, 2005.

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