Market Development Programs

Providing financial support to assist with the travel costs for BC companies to attend domestic and international markets.
  • The Passport to Markets program provides travel support to BC resident film, TV and new media producers and sales agents to attend international markets and conferences.

    The fund is intended to assist producers explore co-production partnerships and develop relationships with broadcasters, distributors and financiers.  Sales agents are able to exploit their portfolio of film and tv projects, and attempt to secure pre-sales and/or distribution rights for various territories around the world. 

    Applicable market/festival sites are designated by Creative BC and individual calls for applications are released for each site.

  • In regards to the Passport to Markets “approved site list”, what is meant by “open registration” and “pre-selection”?

    Open registration refers to markets that do not require a pre-selection process by event organizers, and registration is open to everyone such as with AFM, EFM or Cannes Marche du Film.

    Markets or forums that require a more comprehensive application where producers are screened would be the Hot Docs Forum or Strategic Partners. For these call outs producers are requested to show Creative BC proof of selection from market organizers.

    My film has been chosen to screen at a festival, does this automatically qualify me for a Passport to Market award?

    Producers or sales agents invited to screen at the Festival do not automatically qualify for the Passport to Market program. The individual producers receiving Creative BC's support use this opportunity to explore co-production partnerships and develop relationships with broadcasters, distributors and financiers.

    Sales agents exploit his/her portfolio of film and TV product and attempt to secure pre-sales and/or the distribution rights for various territories around the world. Participation at these events enables attendees to secure market intelligence and keep up-to-date on market trends.

    Are Sales agents / distributors eligible to apply?

    Under this program Creative BC provides non-recoupable advances to individual film, TV, and new media producers as well as sales agents and distributors who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the program Guidelines. In the of a sales agent or distributor, Creative BC requires documentation of bona fide operation as such and contracted representation of BC owned and controlled film or television projects (produced at arm’s length), a catalogue or pre-selection by market organizers by way of written invitation to participate as an observer or pitch participant. Only one producer or sales agent per company may apply for support to attend a specific market site.

    What if the market that I would like to attend is not listed on the Passport to Markets “approved site list”?

    Additional market sites may be considered during the year if they are deemed to meet the objectives of this program, budget permitting.

    I have received a Passport to Market support twice this year, am I still eligible to apply for additional travel support?

    Yes, but applicants who have received support four or more times over the previous two fiscal years will have to provide additional information verifying recent production credits and/or financing raised from third parties for the projects in their development slate. BC resident producers and sales agents may apply for support to attend up to three markets per year.

    What is the maximum amount I would be able to get for travel support through the Passport to Markets program?

    A maximum participation by Creative BC is set for each market site, between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on the location and costs of the event. Typically, travel support for non domestic sites range from $1500 to a maximum of $2000.

    When will I get my Passport to Market advance?

    As indicated in the Passport to Markets Letter of Agreement, successful applicants will receive 100% of Creative BC's contribution upon submission of a final report. Creative BC requires the producer to provide a written narrative report together with a final cost report (and verifiable receipts) within 30 days of the last day of the market attended.

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    DRAMA SUMMIT WEST (PDF)

    MAY 17-18, 2018

    LOS ANGELES, CA

     

    WHAT IS DRAMA SUMMIT WEST?

    The Drama Summit West conference connects the US and international drama business to facilitate new production, coproduction, finance and creative partnerships.

    WHO CAN APPLY? 

    Creative BC will accept applications from BC resident producers who meet the following criteria:
    • Must have at minimum, one produced feature film credit; and
    • Must have completed films and/or have a significant slate of feature projects in active development and are ready to pitch to international financiers.
    Creative BC is able to provide travel support for up to five BC residents, up to a maximum of $1,500, to offset market registration, travel and accommodation costs. Support is only available to one representative per company.

     

    HOW DO I APPLY?

     
    Submit your application here.
     
    For more information on Drama Summit West: visit.
     

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    Creative BC Deadline: May 7, 2018

     


    QUESTIONS
    PLEASE CONTACT CHRISTINE CHIU AT  OR 604-730-2235



    Banff world media festival (PDF)

    JUNE 10-13,2018

    BANFF, ALBERTA

     

    WHAT IS BANFF?

    Attracting over 150 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world.

     

    WHO CAN APPLY? 

    Creative BC will accept applications from BC resident producers. Priority will be given to producers who have, at a minimum, one produced credit in television or digital media, and who have an active slate of television or digital media projects in development for new development and production partners. Creative BC will provide 50% of final eligible travel costs, up to a maximum of $1,000, to offset market registration, travel and accommodation costs. Travel support is available for up to five individuals. Only one producer per company or project may apply.

     

    HOW DO I APPLY?

     
    Submit your application here.
     
    For more information on BANFF: visit.
     
     

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    Creative BC Deadline: May 11, 2018

     


    QUESTIONS
    Please contact Christine Chiu

    at or 604-730-2235



     

    RealScreen West (PDF)
    JUNE 5-7, 2018

    Santa monica, ca

     

    What is the realscreen west summit? 

     
    The Realscreen West Summit is the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment, and a must attend event for content creators, distributors, agents, commissioners and multi-platform broadcasters of unscripted and factual entertainment programming. 

     

    WHO CAN APPLY? 

    Creative BC will accept applications from BC resident documentary and unscripted content producers who meet the following criteria:
    • Must have at least one producer credit on a completed (broadcast or festival/ theatrically released) documentary/factual production; and/or
    • Must have at least one documentary/factual project in development with all, or partial, financing in place, which is suitable for international co-production partnering or financing.
     
    Creative BC will provide travel support for up to five BC residents for up to a maximum of $1,500 per person to offset market registration, travel and accommodation costs. Support is only available to one individual per company.
     
     

    HOW DO I APPLY?

     
    Submit your application here.
     
    For more information on the Realscreen Summit: visit.
     

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    Creative BC Deadline: May 11, 2018

     


    QUESTIONS
    PLEASE CONTACT CHRISTINE CHIU AT  OR 604-730-2235



  • BOOK EXPO (PDF)
    May 30 – June 1, 2018 
    NEW YORK CITY, USA

     

    WHAT IS THE BOOK EXPO? 

     
    BookExpo is evolving to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate
    storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the new publishing universe. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers.
     

    WHO CAN APPLY? 

     
    Creative BC will accept applications from BC-owned and controlled book publishing companies who
    meet the criteria as set out in the Passport to Markets Book Publishing Guidelines.
    Creative BC will provide travel support for up to seven BC residents for up to a maximum of $1,500 per
    person to offset event registration, booth and/display fees; and travel and accommodation costs.
    Support is only available to one company representative per firm. An individual or company
    representing multiple book publishers will be eligible for only one contribution.
     
     

    HOW DO I APPLY?

     

    Submit your application here.
     
    For more information on Book Expo, visit.
     
    Applications will be reviewed competitively and producers will be notified via email of funding decisions. Please submit applications via email (no hard copies), to the attention of Christine. 
     
     
    deadline: mAY 7, 2018 


    QUESTIONS
    Please contact Christine Chiu

    at or 604-730-2235