Convergent Stream: First Come, First Served Programs: Pilot Program for Racialized Communities (PPRC): Development and Predevelopment

By mmuise

The Pilot Program for Racialized Communities, which is part of CMF’s Convergent Stream, recognizes the historic barriers members of racialized communities face and is designed to support the growth of English- and French language audiovisual production from production companies owned and controlled by Black people and people of colour. In addition to production funding, the Canada Media Fund provides financial support to Eligible Projects (i.e., either a TV Component or a combined TV and DM Component) for development and predevelopment in the PPRC. Up to 15% of the funds in this Program may be set aside for development and predevelopment.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of licence fee top-ups and equity investments. Funding for the development component is up to 50% (or 75% for a Regional Development Project) of the Eligible Costs, to a maximum of $200,000 for all development activities combined and all eligible types of programming.
Funding for the predevelopment component is up to 75% of the Eligible costs, or $25,000, whichever is less.

Deadline: June 8, 2023

An eligible applicant to this program must meet the following criteria:

  • at least 51% of the ownership and control of the Applicant company and copyright in the Eligible Project must be owned and controlled by an individual producer (or multiple producers) that is a member of a Racialized Community (“Racialized Owner”);
  • The Racialized Owner exercises full creative, executive, artistic, technical and financial control of the Eligible Project;
  • The Racialized Owner has meaningfully participated in the Eligible Project’s development and retains a financial interest in the Eligible Project that is proportional to its ownership;
  • the applicant must be either:
    a) a company that:
    i) is a for-profit (i.e., a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act) production company.
    ii) is Canadian-controlled as determined in sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act;
    iii) is in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds;
    b) or a Canadian Broadcaster, such as:
    i) a Canadian programming undertaking, public or private, licensed to operate by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC);
    ii) an online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian CRTC-licensed programming undertaking;
    iii) an online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian broadcasting distribution undertaking (“BDU”), licensed to operate by the CRTC or CRTC-licensed VOD services;
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:

For the development component, 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 agreement(s) for all development fees;
4. all financing agreements from other committed sources;
5. signed and dated development budget;
6. synopsis (document detailing the themes, subject matter and setting of the storyline);
7. creative material (script, bible, treatment, outline, rundown);
8. rewrite proposal (if applicable);
9. project description;
10. summary of chain of title;
11. all rights documentation (with all underlying rights agreements and signed writer(s) and director(s) agreements);
12. publisher’s release (if applicable);
13. signed writer(s) and director(s) agreements;
14. co-production and/or joint venture agreement(s) (if applicable);
15. C.V.s for all producer(s), writer(s), and director(s);
16. declaration of the corporation’s Canadian status, and its shareholders and directors;
17. complete incorporation documents;
18. corporate profile including company mandate for all applicants, co-applicants and parent companies, as applicable;
19. shareholder’s or partner’s agreement (if applicable);
20. corporate secretary’s certificate (name the officers and indicate their signing authority);
21. corporate financial statements for the past three years for all television component applicants, co-applicants and parent companies.
For the predevelopment component, applicants must submit:
1. a completed dialogue application form with persona-id # entered in the applicable sections;
2. letter of interest;
3. predevelopment budget;
4. transfer of rights agreement, if applicable;
5. signed writer(s) agreements optional at time of application;
6. declaration of the corporation’s Canadian status, and its shareholders and directors;
7. complete incorporation documents;
8. corporate profile.

Other Things to Note:

Starting in 2023-2024,
the PPRC’s Predevelopment allocation will be available in the Predevelopment Funding Guidelines; and
the PPRC’s Development allocation will be available in the Targeted Development Funding Guidelines

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