Convergent Stream: First Come, First Served Programs: English Regional Production Bonus (ERPB)

By mmuise
Description:

The English Regional Production Bonus is designed to support CMF’s mandate of funding production across the country. As part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream, projects funded must include content to be produced for distribution on at least two platforms, one of which must be television.


Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of a licence fee top-up contribution of up to 15% of an Eligible Project’s Eligible Costs or $1 million.

Deadline: Applications are closed. Stay tuned for future intake announcements.
Eligibility:

The applicant must:

  • be a company that:
    a) is a for-profit (i.e., a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act) production company;
    b) is Canadian-controlled as determined in sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act;
    c) Is in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds;
  • or be a Canadian Broadcaster, such as:
    a) a Canadian programming undertaking, public or private, licensed to operate by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC);
    b) an online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian CRTC-licensed programming undertaking;
    c) an online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian broadcasting distribution undertaking (“BDU”), licensed to operate by the CRTC; and
    d) CRTC-licensed VOD services;
  • have its head office in the regions (“regions” are defined as any part of Canada more than 150 km by the shortest reasonable roadway route from Toronto);
  • must conduct the overwhelming majority of principal photography in the regions.
    Projects from the province of Quebec, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and the Yukon are not eligible to the ERPB since they have their own dedicated incentives (i.e., Anglophone Minority Incentive for Quebec, and Northern Incentive for the Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik).
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. carefully review the program guidelines and all reference documents before submitting an application;

2. review the PERSONA-ID by Program document to confirm if the program requires them or their team to register to the CMF PERSONA-ID Self-identification system;

3. register online to create their Dialogue accounts on the Telefilm website and complete the funding application;

4. sign the contract, if the project is approved.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. a completed and approved dialogue broadcaster agreement form (BAF) linked to the application form for each Canadian broadcaster providing an eligible licence fee and/or a contribution from its 2022-2023 CMF performance envelope;
2. a completed dialogue application form with persona-id # entered in the applicable sections;
3. broadcast licence agreement(s) for all eligible licence fees;
4. documentation confirming sources of financing – domestic and/or foreign;
5. detailed calculation page(s) for federal and provincial tax credits;
6. detailed production budget;
7. projected cashflow;
8. distribution agreements;
9. recoupment schedule;
10. description of planned interim financing;
11. detailed production budget;
12. synopsis (document detailing the themes, subject matter and setting of the storyline);
13. creative material (script, bible, treatment, outline, rundown);
14. project description;
15. description of the design and technology;
16. summary of chain of title;
17. all rights documentation (with all underlying rights agreements and signed writer(s) and director(s) agreements);
18. co-production agreement(s) domestic or foreign;
19. detailed cast and crew list including citizenship;
20. declaration of the corporation’s Canadian status, and its shareholders and directors;
21. complete incorporation documents;
22. corporate profile including company mandate for all applicants, co-applicants and parent companies, as applicable;
23. shareholder’s or partner’s agreement (if applicable);
24. corporate secretary’s certificate name the officers and indicate their signing authority;
25.corporate financial statements for the past three years for all television component applicants, co-applicants and parent companies.

Other Things to Note:

Due to high demand for the English Regional Production Bonus, the CMF will no longer be accepting applications for this program.

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