20/21 Interactive Fund FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the Interactive Fund. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Before submitting an application to the Interactive Fund, we kindly ask that you review the 20/21 Interactive Fund Guidelines and the FAQ.
  • The 20/21 Interactive Fund Guidelines will be available on December 18th, 2020. The Online Application form will be available on January 15th, 2021. Please sign-up for our email newsletter to receive a notification. 
  • Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Monday, February 15th, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Yes! The program is intended to support the production of high quality, original, interactive digital media projects. All applicants, be it a company, society or an individual, must have a history of producing, creating, or experimenting with digital or screen-based media for interactive platforms, exhibitions, networks or devices,
  • The Interactive Fund is intended to support the creation of interactive digital media projects. It is not intended for the development or production of traditional film and television.

    Ineligible projects include:

    • Creating video content for streaming services (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo);
    • Productions primarily intended for broadcast (i.e. Television, Netflix) or theatrical release;
    • Projects which at the time of application are primarily intended to be convergent to previously exploited film or television production;
    • Projects with a specific corporate, industrial or mainly promotional focus; and
    • Catalogues or compilations of repurposed material, without benefit of new, value added original content.

  • Yes, we kindly ask that you read ON-SCREEN PROTOCOLS & PATHWAYS: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories “[The] Protocols provide appropriate and ethical ways of working with Indigenous cultural material, and interacting with Indigenous people and their communities” (Page 7, Narrative Sovereignty).

  • No, Creative BC is unable to provide feedback on your project or idea, however we can answer questions regarding the application process. The Interactive Fund is adjudicated by a third-party group of industry professionals. Creative BC does not take part in the subjective review.

  • Yes, a monetization strategy is not required, however a marketing strategy is. All applicants must provide a strategy as to how their project will be distributed or seen. Whether it’s online, mobile, or in a gallery, applicants must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of their target audience.

  • Yes, you may apply. No matching funding or outside investment are required at the time of application. However, the presence of other confirmed funding, including cash investment from the company and/or applicant, will benefit an application.

  • Yes, applicants can apply for early stage development, prototyping, versioning, etc.  You do not have to complete the entire project; however, you must complete a phase of development and report on it.

  • Yes, if the budget for the project is $200,000 or greater, and you have a minimum of $50,000 in confirmed cash financing (either self-funded or third party), you may apply for up to $100,000. Applicants may be required to provide proof of financing via bank statements or paid invoices

  • No, the funds may not be used retroactively. Costs must be incurred between January 1, 2021 -March 1, 2022. 
  • An applicant may submit one application as the lead. You may be attached as a service provider on several projects, however you may only have ownership in one project.

  • No, you may not submit more than one application. Creative BC will do a look through to the shareholders of the applicant company. If an individual is a majority shareholder in multiple applicant companies, they will be asked to withdraw all but one submission.

  • No, you may not have an extension.  We cannot make exceptions based on when you found out about the fund. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • No, in the sake of fairness to the applicants that submit a complete application in prior to the deadline, you cannot submit required documents and or revised versions of documents after the deadline. 
  • Yes, we have provided a template, however you do not have to use it. Please use a spreadsheet with line items. We require a cash budget. The cash budget must match the finance plan. If the cash budget is $100,000, the finance plan must equal $100,000.

  • Unfortunately no, Creative BC does not have the capacity to provide feedback to all applicants.

  • Try and put yourself in the position of the jury. For example, if you were reading 100 submissions, what key elements would help you remember a specific application? Would it be a professional looking Work Plan? The originality of the idea? The experience of the team? Audience metrics? Be sure to communicate your enthusiasm for the project!


  • Applicants should ensure that their support materials clearly convey the strengths of their application with respect to inclusion and diversity. Diversity can be demonstrated through geographic region, genre, activity, cultural, or gender representation, and other means.