Television and Web-Based Development Fund

By mmuise
Description:

This program provides funds in the form of recoupable loans to support the development of television and web-based projects that have already secured third party financing, which represents an acceptable market trigger for broadcast or distribution.


Comments on Funding:

Television Stream - Eligible Production Companies may receive up to the following per project caps:
1. Up to $40,000 per project for scripted, fictional, multi-episode programming (including drama, comedy, and children’s scripted programming);
2. Up to $25,000 per project for scripted fictional MOWs and pilots (including drama, comedy, and children’s scripted programming);
3. Up to $10,000 per project for Documentary and Variety multi-episode programming;
4. Up to $5,000 per project for Documentary and Variety one-offs.

Web-Based Stream - Eligible Production Companies may receive up to the following per project caps:
1. Up to $10,000 per project for scripted, fictional, multi-episode programming (including drama, comedy, and children’s scripted programming) (minimum total series broadcast length of 20 minutes);
2. Up to $5,000 per project for scripted fictional MOWs and pilots (including drama, comedy, and children’s scripted programming);
3. Up to $5,000 per project for Documentary and Variety multi-episode programming (minimum total series broadcast length of 20 minutes);
4. Up to $2,500 per project for Documentary and Variety one-offs.

Deadline: Continuous Intake
Eligibility:

Television Stream – 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. Please note that the Eligibility Requirements detailed in the MFM Audit Guidelines shall apply;
  • have a minimum of two years of production experience as a producer and have previously produced at least one project (minimum 30 minutes in broadcast length), which has been either screened by a major network (such as CBC, CTV, Shaw, etc.) or distributed by a recognized distributor (such as eOne, Mongrel, Lionsgate, etc.);
  • have proof of ownership in the underlying property and the necessary, corresponding current rights or options to develop, produce and exploit the production throughout the world (may be shared in the case of codevelopment applications).
  • have eligible projects, including:
    a) be a series, mini-series (a minimum of two thematically connected episodes), pilot, MOW, or one-off;
    b) be a scripted and fictional drama or comedy, documentary, variety, or children’s production;
    c) be live-action or animation;
    d) have secured a minimum of 20% of the development budget by development-targeted financing from an industry-recognized arms’ length broadcaster or distributor, or a combination thereof.
    e) stronger applications will contain convergent elements.
  • Producers who do not meet this requirement but who are judged to have equivalent experience (including experience in interactive digital media) may be deemed eligible at MFM’s sole discretion. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate this
    Web-Based Stream – 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;
  • have a minimum of two years of production experience as a producer and have previously produced at least one project (minimum 30 minutes in broadcast length), which has been either screened by a major network (such as CBC, CTV, Shaw, etc.) or distributed by a recognized distributor (such as eOne, Mongrel, Lionsgate, etc.);
  • have proof of ownership in the underlying property and the necessary, corresponding current rights or options to develop, produce and exploit the production throughout the world (may be shared in the case of codevelopment applications).
  • have eligible projects, including:
    a) be a series, mini-series (a minimum of two thematically connected episodes), pilot, MOW, or one-off;
    b) be a scripted and fictional (drama or comedy), documentary, variety, or children’s production;
    c) be live-action or animation;
    d) have secured one of the following two “triggers:”
    i. Development or broadcast contract with a web “broadcaster” with an industry-recognized track record – projects with cash advances from the web “broadcaster” will be considered
    stronger;
    ii. Development or distribution contract with a web-content specialist distribution company with an industry-recognized track record;
  • Producers who do not meet this requirement but who are judged to have equivalent experience (including experience in interactive digital media) may be deemed eligible at MFM’s sole discretion. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate this.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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Other Things to Note:

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

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