Feature Film Program

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The Rocket Fund allocates its equity investments and contributions to Canadian companies through its Feature Film Program. This Program is for theatrical feature films produced specifically for children, youth or family audiences that tell authentic stories that are of great interest to Canadian audiences.

Comments on Funding:

Funding takes the form of an investment of up to $150,000.

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

Applicants must:

  • be an incorporated Canadian company which is neither owned nor “controlled in fact” by any
    non-Canadian individual or permanent resident1, or any non-Canadian corporation; and
  • derive its primary source of income from the creation of audiovisual programs and/or associated non-programming digital content and, unless otherwise waived by the Rocket Fund at its sole discretion, have an arm’s length relationship to conventional broadcasters, discretionary services and/or on-demand services regulated by the CRTC;

    To qualify as Eligible Content for the Feature Film Program, the content must:
  • be targeted to children (under 13), youth (under 18) or a general family audience. For greater
    clarity, youth programming must be relevant and speak directly to a teen/youth audience and
    incorporate a teen/youth point of view (as opposed to a young adult audience). In respect to
    family, variety, documentary and magazine programming, the production must clearly
    demonstrate relevance to children or teen/youth, rather than a general audience.
  • Be either:
    a) Audio or audiovisual programming of any length, such as a series, feature-length movie,
    movie of the week, web series, or one-off. The production can be animated and/or liveaction, fiction or non-fiction (e.g. documentaries, variety and magazine); or
    b) new or updated digital or interactive content (e.g. games, apps or non-programming digital content), websites, or additional audiovisual content (i.e. digital shorts); or
    c) new audio production (i.e. podcast).
  • Not be news reporting, actualities, or sports, as defined by the CRTC.
  • Qualify as either:
    a) a Canadian program certified by the CRTC or CAVCO that meets a minimum of six out
    of ten (6/10) Canadian content certification points;
    b) a treaty co-production certified by Telefilm Canada; or
    c) a co-venture certified by the CRTC;
    as well as:
    a) have Canadians own the underlying rights;
    b) have the content produced in Canada, with at least 75% of the costs spent in Canada;
    c) ensure the content is and remains through its production and exploitation
    under Canadian ownership and control;
    d) ensure Canadians developed the content in a meaningful way.

    Treaty co-productions and co-ventures must demonstrate global recoupment potential for the Rocket Fund:
  • Be made available in a meaningful way to the targeted Canadian audience on any platform that is available to Canadians within two (2) years of completion, including, but not limited to, (i) a Canadian broadcaster, (ii) any subscription video-on-demand services, (iii) any “over-thetop” services, (iv) through theatrical release, and (v) any digital platforms, including social media, with proven audience reach. Any program agreements(s) must conform to the Rocket Fund’s Revenue Share Policy expressed in Schedule A.
  • Have a meaningful and authentic audience impact strategy. • Have a meaningful and achievable success strategy.
  • Have a meaningful and achievable brand strategy.
  • Be closed captioned and have descriptive video as required by the CRTC
  • At a minimum, conform to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) guidelines on television violence, advertising to children, and sex-role portrayals,4 as well as the CRTC’s notice of television violence,5 and any other CRTC policies or regulations.
    Other requirements:
  • For audiovisual content, principal photography or voice recording cannot commence prior to the application deadline date (unless otherwise agreed to by the Rocket Fund prior to submitting an application).
  • For feature films, principal photography or voice recording must commence within 12 months of the application.
Application Steps:

Applicants must submit their applications online.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit a list of company shareholders and key creative personnel in their online application, along with their Rocket Fund Self-ID Number.

Other Things to Note:

Application deadline was on October 11, 2023. The Rocket Fund online application portal opens four (4) weeks prior to the deadline date and closes at Midnight ET (9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. MT) on the deadline day.

(There will only be one Feature Film Program deadline for the 2023/24 Fiscal Year.)

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