Passport to Markets

The Passport to Markets program provides travel support to B.C. resident film, TV and new media producers and sales agents to attend export-focused and international markets and conferences.

New as of April 1, 2020 - present, the Passport to Markets: Virtual Edition program provides financial support for B.C. resident producers to virtually “attend” select markets, co-production conferences and exchanges. 

These programs are 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 sites are designated by Creative BC and individual calls for applications are released for each site.

  • PASSPORT TO MARKETS – VIRTUAL EDITION /

    GUIDELINES 2021-22

     

    WHAT IS THE PASSPORT TO MARKETS – VIRTUAL EDITION PROGRAM?

    Creative BC acknowledges the unprecedented challenges the filmmaking community is facing due to the global impact of Covid-19. This program has been specifically designed to assist producers during the pandemic.
     
    Passports to Markets – Virtual Edition provides financial support for BC resident producers to virtually “attend” select markets, co-production conferences and exchanges for the purpose of promoting projects in development, securing broadcast sales and stimulating co-production opportunities within international and domestic markets.
     
    Producers may apply to virtually attend both international and domestic markets, as well as pre-approved labs and training opportunities that meet the same standards and program objectives of the approved site-list. Note that the only training activities eligible are those which are components of a market or conference that the applicant is otherwise attending. Stand-alone training courses will not be considered.
     
    This Virtual Edition program will run alongside the traditional Passports to Markets program, which will be open for markets that go ahead in person.
     

    ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

    Producers may apply for a minimum of two market registrations. Each market registration may not exceed $500CA per person, with the total cap per person at $1,500. No more than 2 producers from any one company will be supported, making the maximum one company could receive being $3,000.
     
    Applications will be considered from any of the following:
    • BC resident producers who have a track record in the domestic film and television industry;
    • • BC resident producers who have been pre-selected to attend a particular market site;
    • • BC residents who have experience producing domestically owned and controlled digital media content.
     
    In the case of a competitive call for applications, preference will be given to producers who can demonstrate recent production credits (i.e. in the last two years).
     
    BC residents include Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents who have resided in BC for at least 200 of the 365 days immediately preceding the date of application and who have filed income tax returns in BC in the taxation year prior to the date of application.
     
    Producers with only Executive Producer, Co-Producer and Associate Producer credits are not eligible.
     

    ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

    Only Registration Fees to attend a virtual market are considered eligible expenses.
    Note that this program will consider retroactive claims for registration at virtual markets held from 1 April 2021 onwards.
     

    ELIGIBLE MARKET SITES

    Creative BC has identified the domestic and international market sites that are eligible for assistance in this fiscal year. For more information, please refer to the Passport to Markets Site List 2021-2022.
     
    These sites include:
    • Markets and conferences that provide BC producers with significant exposure to current market intelligence; opportunities to enhance existing or establish new relationships with international broadcasters, distributors, co-producers and co-financing partners and insights and opportunities for digital media content development and planning.
    • Immersions and other initiatives designed to assist BC producers in acquiring the skills and contacts needed for the successful exploitation of their projects in an international marketplace.
     
    Additional market sites may be considered during the year if they are deemed to meet the objectives of this program and budget permitting.
     

    APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND ELIGIBILITY

    Interested producers should inform Creative BC via email of their intention to “attend” any virtual or online market in advance of their registration. Always carefully review the eligibility requirements specific to any particular market.
     
    Some market sites, such as the American Film Market, Cannes Marché du Film or Realscreen, have an open registration with no pre-requisite or adjudication by the market organizers other than a registration fee. Other market sites are based on pre-selection by the market organizers, where the applicant must apply and be selected to attend.
     
    In the case of pre-selected registrations, Creative BC will endeavor to support all BC-based producers selected to participate online, provided they submit a Passport to Markets – Digital Edition application within the specific time frame and meet the basic eligibility requirements of the program. However, depending on available funds, Creative BC may not be able to support all those selected and in this case, support will be allocated on a first come/first served basis.
     
    If applications received for a market site exceed available funds allotted, decisions will be made based on eligibility of applications according to the above guidelines, the experience of the applicant and the potential benefits or opportunities afforded by attending the market or conference. Selection to a market site is not transferable to another market site or individual.
     
    Applications are to be completed through the Creative BC online submission form.
     

    FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION

    Creative BC will reimburse the production company 100% of the eligible costs. Under normal circumstances Creative BC would not pay 100% of event registration fees, however since this is a reimbursement program, producers/the production company will have to pay in-full upfront. Applicants will only receive payment from Creative BC after the event and with proof of registration (receipt of payment).
     
    Only producers wishing to attend two or more online events/markets are eligible. Producers wishing to attend only one event are not eligible.
     

    REPORTING

    After attending the market, producers will have 30 business days from the date of the last online market they virtually attended to submit a short Final Report online, including registration receipts, to Creative BC.
  • PASSPORT TO MARKETS PROGRAM

    SITE LIST 2021-22

     

    APRIL 2021

    MIPTV

    CANNES, FRANCE: APRIL 12-15, 2021
    • Primarily for TV Producers and digital media content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
    • A Canadian Pavilion is organized by Telefilm Canada.

    MAY 2021

    HOT DOCS FORUM, DEAL MAKER AND DISTRIBUTION RENDEZVOUS (VIRTUAL)

    TORONTO, ON:  APRIL 29 – MAY 9, 2021
    • Primarily for documentary filmmakers and producers
    • Event registration is competitive for selection into the Forum and Deal Maker programs, and open registration for Distribution Rendezvous and All-Access Pass status

    CONTENT LA ON DEMAND (VIRTUAL)

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: MAY 10 – 21, 2021

    • For television and digital media professionals
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     

    JUNE 2021

    REALSCREEN LIVE (VIRTUAL)

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: JUNE 7-11, 2021
    • Primarily for factual and documentary content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (E3) (VIRTUAL) 

    LOS ANGELES, CA:  JUNE 12-15, 2021
    • Primarily for digital media producers and game developers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    ANNECY 2020 FESTIVAL (MIFA) (VIRTUAL)

    ANNECY, FRANCE: JUNE 14-19, 2021
    • Primarily for animation content producers and VR/AR producers
    •    Event registration is an open call for attendance

    SUNNYSIDE OF THE DOC: CONNECTED EDITION (VIRTUAL)

    LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE: JUNE 21-24, 2021
    • Primarily for factual and documentary content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL (VIRTUAL) 

    BANFF, ALBERTA: JUNE 14 – JULY 16, 2021
    • For television and digital media professionals
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     

    JULY 2021   

    MARCHÉ DU FILM, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (HYBRID OF PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL EVENTS)

    CANNES, FRANCE: JULY 6-15, 2021

    • Primarily for feature film producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
    • A Canadian Pavilion is organized by Telefilm Canada.

    POCKET GAMERS CONNECT LONDON (PG CONNECTS)  (IN PERSON)

    LONDON, UK: JULY 12 – 16, 2021
    • Primarily for producers, game designers, audio professionals, and others involved in the development
    of interactive games
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE (GDC) (VIRTUAL)

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA: JULY 19-23, 2021
    • Primarily for producers, game designers, audio professionals, and others involved in the development
    of interactive games
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

     

    AUGUST 2021

    FRONTIÈRES INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION MARKET (VIRTUAL)

    MONTREAL, PQ: AUGUST 3-6, 2021
    • Primarily for genre content producers
    • Attendance is based on selection by Frontières organizers
     

    SEPTEMBER 2021

    INTERNATIONAL FINANCING FORUM (IFF) (VIRTUAL)

    TORONTO, ONTARIO: SEPTEMBER 12 - 13, 2021
    • International co-production conference in conjunction with the Toronto Film Festival
    • Attendance is based on selection by IFF organizers

    FIN PARTNERS CNXN [STRATEGIC PARTNERS (SP)] (VIRTUAL)

    HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA: SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2021
    • International co-production conference in conjunction with the Atlantic Film Festival
    • Primarily for feature film, TV and digital fiction producers
    • Attendance is based on selection by SP organizers

    TELEVISION ANIMATION CONFERENCE (TAC) (TBC VIRTUAL or IN PERSON)

    OTTAWA, ON: SEPTEMBER 22 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
    •     International conference in conjunction with the Ottawa International Animation Festival
    • Primarily for animation content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    VR/AR GLOBAL SUMMIT-EUROPE (VIRTUAL)

    SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1, 2021
    • Primarily for VR & AR content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

     

    OCTOBER 2021           

    ASIAN CONTENTS & FILM MARKET

    BUSAN, KOREA: OCTOBER 11-14, 2021
    • Primarily for producers interested in the Asian Market
    • Event registration TBD

    MIPCOM  (HYBRID OF PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL EVENTS)

    CANNES, FRANCE: OCTOBER 11-14, 2021
    • For producers of all genres
    • A Canadian Pavilion is organized by Telefilm Canada.

    MARSEILLE WEB FEST MARKET

    MARSEILLE, FRANCE: OCTOBER 14-16, 2021
    • For digital series producers
    •  Event registration is an open call for attendance

    IMAGINENATIVE (VIRTUAL)

    TORONTO, ON: OCTOBER 19-24, 2021
    • For Indigenous film and media producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

     

    NOVEMBER 2021

    AMERICAN FILM MARKET (AFM) (VIRTUAL)

    SANTA MONICA, CA: NOVEMBER 2-7, 2021
    • Primarily for feature film producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    IDFA FORUM (VIRTUAL)

    AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: NOVEMBER 17-28, 2021
    • Documentary co-financing forum in conjunction with the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
    • Attendance is based on selection by Forum organizers

    WORLD CONGRESS OF SCIENCE AND FACTUAL PRODUCERS

    STRASBOURG, FRANCE: NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2, 2021
    • Primarily for non-fiction and unscripted content producers in science and history

    DECEMBER 2021

    CONTENT LONDON

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 2, 2021

    • For television and digital media professionals
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    JANUARY 2022

    NATPE

    MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA:  JANUARY 18-20, 2022
    •     Primarily for television producers
    •     Event registration is an open call for attendance

    REALSCREEN SUMMIT

    AUSTIN, TX : JANUARY 25-28, 2022
    • Primarily for non-fiction and unscripted content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    CINEMART

    ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: JANUARY 26 - February 6, 2022
    • International Co-Production Conference in conjunction with the International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • Primarily for feature-length producers
    • Attendance is based on selection by organizers

    CLERMONT–FERRAND SHORT FILM MARKET

    CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE: JANUARY 31-February 3, 2022
    • Primarily for short film producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

     

    FEBRUARY 2022

    EUROPEAN FILM MARKET (EFM)

    BERLIN, GERMANY: FEBRUARY 10-17, 2022
    • International Financing Market in conjunction with the Berlin Film Festival
    • Primarily for feature length producers
    • Event registration is both an open call for attendance (Berlinale) and selection for specific initiatives by event organizers (Berlinale Co-Production Market)

    KIDSCREEN SUMMIT

    MIAMI, FL: FEBRUARY 14-17, 2022
    • Primarily for children’s producers or digital media content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

     

    MARCH 2022     
    SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW)

    AUSTIN, TEXAS: MARCH 11-20, 2022
    • Simultaneous conferences include interactive media, music and film
    • Primarily for film and digital media content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV MARKET (FILMART)  

    WAN CHAI, HONG KONG: MARCH 14-17, 2022

    • Primarily for producers interested in the Asian Market
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

     

    DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED 2021/2022     

    CARTOON CONNECTION CANADA

    QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC: DATES TBA for 2021

    • For animation professionals, game developers and publishers

     

    FICCI E-FRAMES (VIRTUAL)

    MUMBAI, INDIA: DATES TBA for 2022
    • Primarily for producers interested in the South Asian market
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

     

    Future markets will be announced after the commencement of our new fiscal year, April 1, 2022.

     

    Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’re anticipating some delays in terms of 2021 Festival and Conference dates and announcements.  We encourage you to keep track of the Passports to Markets Site List as it will be updated on a regular basis.

     

  • MATHEW PARRY |

    Program Analyst