Market Development Programs
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.
Openings for applications occur six weeks before the market dates, with deadlines to apply four weeks before market dates. Please check our site list for markets we support. If there are markets you would like to attend outside of the events on the site list, please email the program contact six weeks before the event dates to determine whether the event is eligible for funding. Please note we do not support travel to film festivals and awards shows.