Grant Program for Emerging Talent and Micro-Budget Production

By mmuise
Description:

This program is designed to support two streams of micro-budget productions: entry-level filmmakers who have received production funding awards through a competitive, juried process from a recognized industry organization; and producers of factual or scripted programming for projects with micro-budgets that do not exceed $100,000 and who have received a cash license or a distribution advance from a third-party distributor.


Comments on Funding:

Funding will be offered in the form of a grant up to the LESSER of the following two thresholds:
1. Emerging Talent - up to $10,000; or up to 50% of the project’s total cash budget.
2. Micro-Budget Production - up to $10,000; or up to 10% of the project’s total cash budget.

Deadline: Continuous Intake
Eligibility:

Emerging Talent Stream - The applicant must:

  • be a Manitoba resident or Manitoba business;
  • demonstrate current and comparable project experience consistent with developing, producing, or marketing the proposed project. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate this;
  • satisfactorily demonstrate the capacity to sustain the project financially and to manage and complete the project. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate this;
  • have proof of ownership in the property and all current rights to produce and
    exploit the production;
  • have the following eligible projects:
    a) have already received cash funding through a juried process from another industry organization (the trigger) non-related to MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC’s current programming;
    b) be a one-off, micro-budget feature, pilot, series, webisodes, or short film; c) be a scripted and fictional drama or comedy, documentary, experimental production, or variety production;
    d) be live-action or animation; e) use the highest possible proportion of Manitoba resources in its crew, cast, and facilities; f) use Manitoba as a film location, the only exception being documentaries.
    Micro – Budget Production Stream - The applicant must:
  • be a Manitoba business;
  • be incorporated and the company must derive its primary source of income from the audiovisual industry, developing, producing, or distributing audiovisual projects;
  • demonstrate current and comparable project experience consistent with developing, producing, or marketing the proposed project. The onus is on the
    applicant to demonstrate this;
  • satisfactorily demonstrate the capacity to sustain the project financially and to manage and complete the project. The onus is on the applicant to
    demonstrate this;
  • have proof of ownership in the property and all current rights to produce and exploit the production.
  • have the following eligible projects:
    a) have a budget that does not exceed $100,000;
    b) be able to submit a commitment letter from an industry-recognized broadcaster or third party distributor, confirming a cash license or distribution
    advance for use in the financing of the project (the trigger);
    c) be fully financed and must include the Federal Tax Credit and the Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit in the financing structure at 100% (less
    the Manitoba Frequent Filming Bonus if the Producers choose to do so);
    d) be a one-off, micro-budget feature, pilot, series, webisodes, or short film;
    e) be a scripted and fictional drama or comedy, documentary, experimental production, or variety production;
    f) be live-action or animation;
    g) be destined for one of the following markets: television, cinema, festivals, VOD, or online distribution;
    h) use the highest possible proportion of Manitoba resources in its crew, cast, and facilities;
    i) use Manitoba as a film location, the only exception being documentaries.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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Other Things to Note:

There are no set deadlines for this program, applications can be sent in throughout the year.

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