Feature Film Production Fund

By mmuise
Description:

This program assists in the production financing of fully developed feature film projects through equity investments. Movies of the week are not eligible.


Comments on Funding:

Funding will be offered in the form of an equity investment with the following caps:
For a scripted, fictional feature film (drama, comedy, or children’s production – live action or animation), the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
1. Up to $400,000; OR
2. Up to 10% of the total production budget; OR
3. Up to 15% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).
For a feature-length documentary, the LESSER of the following three thresholds:
1. Up to $200,000; OR
2. Up to 10% of the total production budget; OR
3. Up to 15% of the portion of the budget to be paid to Manitoba residents and businesses (known as the “Manitoba expenditures”).

Deadline: Continuous Intake
Eligibility:

The applicant must:

  • be a resident Manitoba producer, defined as a producer who operates a production company in Manitoba that is majority owned and controlled by Manitoba residents. Note: Applications must be submitted by an eligible Manitoba resident producer;
  • demonstrate the ability of the production team to successfully manage and complete the project (eg. track record based on previous productions of similar scope in terms of being on schedule and on budget);
  • have proof of ownership in the property and the necessary, corresponding current rights to produce and exploit the production (may be shared in the case of co-productions and co-ventures);
  • have the following eligible projects:
    a) be a feature-length fictional film or a feature-length documentary, as per industry standards;
    b) be live-action or animation;
    c) be primarily intended for theatrical release; in exceptional circumstances MFM will consider projects whose primary distribution strategy is web focused; however, the onus is on the applicant to demonstrate that the market trigger is an industry-recognized web distributor and that the strategy for monetization is viable. Projects intended for an initial or primary television broadcast are not eligible; however, in the case of feature documentaries, if the financing structure includes a broadcast license together with a confirmed theatrical release, MFM may consider the project eligible at its own discretion;
    d) have confirmed, verifiable financing of at least 75% of the total production budget at the time of application;
    e) have verifiable pre-sales or distribution advances; MFM reserves the right to determine minimum levels of third party financing necessary for funding
    eligibility;
    f) have a minimum guarantee or an advance from an acceptable, verifiable distributor OR, provided there is independent third party financing which is
    also at risk, a realistic and detailed marketing plan, the sufficiency of which is at the sole discretion of MFM.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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