Motion Picture - Resources for COVID-19 Updates

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Please note this messaging relevant to the film industry found on Creative BC's main COVID-19 Updates Page:

  • NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL: Nonessential business travel by Creative BC has been canceled and we have asked our employees to assess their personal travel plans in the context of official advice. Federal authorities indicate that Canadians are to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada, including to the US. Stay apprised on the Government of Canada website here.
  • 14-day self-isolation does NOT apply to service workers for whom travel outside the country is essential including film industry staff.
  • Dear Friends, 
    We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 global pandemic and recognize this represents an unprecedented challenge for all involved in the screen-based industry across Canada.
    We understand every sector of our economy is being affected by the pandemic; the lockdowns, travel restrictions, urgency to self-isolate and maintain social distancing have put our country on pause. This includes the screen-based sector, where productions have been halted, studios emptied, and cast and crews no longer working.
    As the impact of the virus continues to grow rapidly, we want to highlight our commitment to supporting the Canadian screen-based industry during these unprecedented times.
    As such, representatives of the producer associations, funding agencies, as well as provincial and municipal agencies have assembled a taskforce to collectively work together to assess the impact on the industry. This will inform governments at the federal, provincial and municipal levels on the need for critical support.
    We are in regular contact with key stakeholders across the industry and all levels of government to assess and alleviate the potential scale of the impact. Our aim is to support the industry during this challenging period and work to ensure a strong, robust rebound for Canada’s production sector, when the pandemic subsides. We will be reaching out to other key stakeholders – our broadcaster, distributor, union and guild, and independent production fund partners – to exchange information and collaborate on common industry solutions. Each of them, and the thousands of artists, employees, and workers they represent, play an essential role in our system.
    Early next week, we will be sending a survey across the country to determine the projected impact on the sector. Many of you may have already had, and will continue to receive, requests for information at the municipal and provincial levels to capture specific jurisdictional information. An assessment of the national impact, as quickly as we can determine it, is critical at this time.
    All our organizations remain operational. Staff are working remotely to ensure the industry is supported.
    We are all in this together. Be kind to each other and stay safe.
    Association of Provincial and Territorial Funding Agencies (APTFA)
    Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM)
    Canada Media Fund (CMF)
    Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)
    City of Toronto Film Office
    Creative BC
    Indigenous Screen Office (ISO)
    National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
    Ontario Creates
    Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)
    Telefilm Canada
  • AFC


  • The following FAQ's are relevant to these programs:

    • Passport to Markets / Passport to Markets Envelope
    • Book Publishing Market Expansion Fund
    • International Initiatives
    • Industry Initiatives
    • Domestic Motion Picture Development Funds (Reel Focus BC)
      • Project Development Fund
      • Access 2020
      • Rogers + Creative BC Documentary and Factual Fund

    I have applied to the Passport to Markets Program to travel to a market or conference, what happens now?

    If the event you were planning to attend a market or conference that has been cancelled or postponed due to COVID 19, Creative BC will honour all previously approved commitments at 100% of the amount approved for funding.

    I’ve received a Passport to Markets grant to travel to a market to which a Travel Health Notice related to the coronavirus has been issued. I’ve decided not to travel. Can I get reimbursed for some or all of my expenses?

    Yes. Funding recipients can claim non-recoverable expenses in their final reports for cancelled activities and travel. Please alert your Business Analyst as soon as you have made the decision to cancel your attendance at an event.

    My organization manages a large event/conference/festival for which Creative BC funding is core. What should I do?

    At the direction of the Minister of Health and B.C.’s provincial health officer, event organizers are required to cancel any gathering larger than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor events, conferences, and meetings. As we move forward, please stay in touch with the Business Analyst at Creative BC you normally deal with. We have every intention of maintaining long-standing commitments and relationships wherever possible.

    My event is being cancelled due to COVID-19, can I still receive funding for expenses that have already been incurred?

    Yes. Funding recipients can claim non-recoverable expenses in their final reports for cancelled activities and travel. Please alert your Business Analyst as soon as you have made the decision to cancel your event.

    Can I postpone my event?

    Yes, we are accepting changes to project timelines. If you need to postpone your event please contact your Business Analyst.

    My project is going to be impacted by COVID-19. Who should I notify?

    If you are anticipating changes to your timeline or approved expenses for your project, please contact the Business Analyst you usually deal with. The ramifications of COVID-19 on supported projects will be tracked and will help inform future decision making.

    Can I schedule an in-person meeting to discuss my project with Creative BC?

    Our teams are available by phgone or video conference, however in-person meetings are not available at this time.

    How will I receive my cheque?

    Cheques will be mailed or funds will be electronically transferred until further notice.

    When will programs reopen?

    Please sign up for our Newsletters for information on programs and intakes. There may be changes to start dates and openings, but broadly speaking, we are hoping to maintain the schedule currently established.

    Will the Project Development Fund reopen in April?

    We still anticipate that the Fund will open in the new fiscal year. All news and dates will be announced in the Creative BC Newsletter.

    I have an application in with Creative BC at the moment for one of their programs. Should I anticipate a delay in hearing a response or processing an application?

    We are hoping to maintain the scheduled turnaround time as indicated in the relevant program guidelines. However, some delays may occur.

    Please contact our team if you have any questions. Answers to more questions will follow soon.