Equity + Emerging Development FAQ
Applications are due Friday April 9, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. Incomplete applications or applications received after this date and time cannot be reviewed.
In order to keep the process as accessible as possible, no application fee is required to apply.
This program is specific to development phase funding and activities commonly associated with that, such as research, interviews, script writing, the creation of a demo, storyboards or animatics, or pre-production packaging.
This is the first of several programs that will be launched from the $2 million Domestic Motion Picture Fund commitment. Other streams will follow, targeted for different needs, experience levels and phases of production.
To apply as an emerging filmmaker, you cannot have more than one professional credit in the key role you are applying as - director, writer and/or producer.
- You do not need any previous experience in the industry to apply.
- You could have some experience in the industry, working in other roles, but want to make the transition to lead a project.
- You could also have multiple credits, as a producer, but be applying to develop your first project as a director or a writer.
- Or, you could have had success with a first project, and be looking at getting your second project off the ground.
The purpose of this program is to connect with individuals who have, for the most part, not participated in the mainstream funding landscape to date.
- Is completed outside of film school or an industry training opportunity;
- Was financed using mainstream funding sources (such as Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, broadcaster or online subscription services licensing etc.); and
- Subsequently either played on a broadcaster or online subscription service, was released theatrically, or toured extensively through major film festivals.
Projects that were primarily self-financed (credit, loans, crowdfunding sources etc.) do not need to be counted as a professional credit.
- Creative BC recognizes that a number of different groups in Canada have faced historical barriers to media funding access, and their voices and stories are critical to a vibrant and dynamic industry.For the purposes of this program, we will be targeting 5 different key groups for equity support:
Applicants from within these equity seeking groups can be emerging or experienced.
- People of Colour;
- LGBTQ2S+; or
- People with disabilities
Applicants will be required to declare their status during the application process.
To apply as an emerging applicant, you must declare that you do not have more than one professional credit according to our guidelines.
To apply as an applicant from an underrepresented group, you must self declare within one or more of our key equity groups (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S+ or people with disabilities).
That’s great - you are eligible to apply for either application “stream”. You can therefore choose which group you want to be considered against. At the outset of the application process, choose either the emerging application form, or the equity application form. This will determine which group you will be adjudicated in.
- No, you do not need a company. Individuals are welcome to apply on their own.As one of the goals of the project is to find talent and develop market ready projects, successful applicants may be approached by Creative BC to participate in further capacity building opportunities during or following the development phase funding.
- No, a producer is not required to apply. You can apply as an individual writer or director to fund development of your project idea.As one of the goals of the project is to find talent and develop market ready projects, successful applicants may be approached by Creative BC to participate in matchmaking opportunities following the completion of the development phase.
- No other financing sources or market triggers are required to apply.However, if you are a successful applicant proposing a budget that is more than $10,000, you will need to demonstrate other committed funding or secure the additional funding to meet your proposed budget, before finalizing our contract and commencing development activities.
- Inter-provincial or international co-productions are eligible to apply, provided they meet minimum thresholds of ownership and creative control.In the case of an inter-provincial co-production, that is a minimum of 51% ownership/control by the BC co-producer. In the case of an international co-production, that is the minimum ownership/ control determined by the governing treaty between the two countries. If you are unsure, contact us to discuss your particular situation.
As the intent of the program is to support work from emerging and underrepresented groups, in the case of a project with multiple people attached in any of 3 key creative roles (writer, director and/or producer), at least 50% of the key creative team must be considered emerging or underrepresented according to the stream they apply in. Further, a successful recipient must maintain this 50% threshold through the development phase they receive funding for.
A wealth of new ideas – excellent! But you will have to make the tough choice of which one project you want to submit for consideration. Each applicant may only submit one application to this program. An applicant should also not be attached to multiple applications in different key roles.
- Yes, provided that the previous phase of development is complete, you are applying for new development activities/phase, and you are still in good standing with Creative BC.
If you are currently awaiting a response from a different development program at Creative BC, and are eligible, yes you can apply here. However, should you be successful in that other program, you will need to withdraw this application.
You cannot receive funding for the same development activities/phase from more than one Creative BC development program.
- Yes, we need an overview of what you intend to spend the requested amount of money on; an intended cash budget with line items. You can use any format you want, including Telefilm or Canada Media Fund budget templates. If you don’t already have a budget template, we have provided a simplified one alongside our application guideline and forms. Your cash budget should match the financing plan you indicate in your application form. (So if you indicate $20,000 in expenses, you need to include $20,000 of intending funding sources).
- No, the optional materials will give the selection team and peer review process more context on your background and project, but are not required to make a decision. Only supply them if you have them, and wish to provide additional flavour to your application. Applicants will not be penalized in the decision process for not having them.
No, Creative BC is unable to provide feedback on your project in advance of submitting an application. However, we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the application process and eligibility.
The webinars will aim to provide a clear and transparent application process, and aid those who may not have completed funding applications before. They will provide more step by step instructions on how to complete the application form, how to fill out things like a development budget template and answer any questions the audience might have.
We are confirming the schedule, but plan to provide at least two information sessions in mid-March. We will update with exact dates in early March.
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The Domestic Motion Picture Fund represents the first dedicated funding since 2003 to cover all phases of film and television work, including development AND production.
This money will be administered through several targeted program streams, to ensure intersectional support across all phases of a project, genres and formats, between emerging and experienced content creators, and equitable access for under-represented groups.
As this first program is targeting emerging and equity seeking artists, we felt starting with development was appropriate. Rest assured more programs ARE coming, including production phase financing. We are aiming to share a more complete picture of the different programs that will come out of this investment by Spring 2021. We appreciate your patience through this process.
The Domestic Motion Picture Fund will be administered through several targeted program streams, to ensure intersectional support across all phases of a project, genres and formats, between emerging and experienced content creators, and equitable access for under-represented groups.
This is just the first program of several to come. We felt it was important to acknowledge the systemic barriers our identified equity groups face by providing targeting funding; the first of its kind for the province of British Columbia.
Rest assured more programs ARE coming, including support for mid career and experienced filmmakers, whether they identify in a racialized group or not. We are aiming to share a more complete picture of the different programs that will come out of this investment by Spring 2021. We appreciate your patience through this process.