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.

  • FRONTIÈRES INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION MARKET (FRONTIÈRES) (PDF)

    July 20 - 23, 2017  

    MONTRÉAL, PQ 

    Frontières International Co-Production Market is held during the industry portion of the Fantasia International Film Festival. Frontières provides uniquely focused networking and partnership opportunities for film professionals and is the first -  and only - international co-production market specifically focused on facilitating genre film coproduction and financing between Europe and North America.  Over 250 delegates will meet with international producers, sales agents and distributors who are looking for projects to get involved with.  The event offers pitch sessions, scheduled meeting sessions, panels covering contemporary issues relating to the film industry as well as educational workshops.

    Creative BC will accept applications from BC-based feature film producers with experience and interest in genre film. Priority will be given to producers who have at a minimum one producer credit on a feature length film and at least one genre project in development that is suitable for international co-production partnering or financing.

    Creative BC will be able to provide travel support for up to two BC residents in total. Creative BC will provide 50% of final eligible travel costs, up to a maximum of $1,500 to offset market registration, travel and accommodation costs. Support is only available to one individual per company or project.

    Application deadline: June 30, 2017


    DURBAN FILMMART AT THE DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DFM) (PDF)

    July 14 - 17, 2017

    Durban, South Africa

    The Durban FilmMart (DFM) is a finance and co-production market which aims to create partnerships and further the development and production of film on the African continent. It’s a co-production between the film industry development arm of the city of Durban and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa’s largest and longest-running film festival and a flagship project of the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). There will be a spotlight on Canada on July 16 at DFM.

    Creative BC will accept applications from BC resident producers. Priority will be given to producers who have, at a minimum, one produced credit in a TV production or feature film, and who have an active slate of projects in development suitable for co-production opportunities with African producers. Creative BC will provide 50% of final eligible travel costs, up to a maximum of $2,000, to offset market registration, travel and accommodation costs. Travel support is available for up to two individuals. Only one producer per company or project may apply.

    Application deadline: June 30, 2017