Market Development Programs

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

    New for 2020, the Passport to Markets - Virtual Edition provides financial support for BC 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 /
    GUIDELINES 2020-21

     

    WHAT IS THE PASSPORT TO MARKETS PROGRAM?

    This program provides financial support for BC resident producers to 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.


    ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

    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). Producers and companies who have received support four or more times over the past two years will have to demonstrate either recent production credits or provide evidence that a significant amount of financing has been raised from third parties for the projects in their development slate.
     
    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.
     
    Individual producers are eligible for support to attend a maximum of four market sites over two fiscal year. One producer per company or project may apply for support to an individual market site. Producers with only Executive Producer, Co-Producer and Associate Producer credits are not eligible.


    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 2020-2021.


    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.

     

    Program promotion

    Creative BC will issue an individual call for applications for each designated Passport to Market Site, normally six weeks prior to the event. All open Passport to Market Sites are posted on Creative BC’s website and announced via our e-newsletter and through social media. Creative BC recommends that clients who are interested in this program sign-up to receive our newsletter and follow us on social media.

     

    APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND ELIGIBILITY

    Interested producers should review each call for application carefully for eligibility requirements specific to that market site.

    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 attend, provided they submit a Passport to Markets 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.

    ONLINE APPLICATION FORM


    FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION

    Creative BC will provide financial assistance to selected individuals to help offset registration, travel and accommodation costs. Creative BC’s contribution must not exceed final approved eligible costs. Creative BC reserves the right to reduce the award following review of the final costs. If the producer should receive complimentary conference registration or travel from the market organizers, those amounts are considered to be outside of the final reportable eligible costs. You may only include cash expenses for which a receipt can be provided.

    A maximum participation of between $1,000 and $2,500 is set by Creative BC depending on the location and costs of the event, and represents no more than 50% of the applicant’s final cash expenditures to attend. Successful applicants will receive 100% of Creative BC’s contribution upon submission of a final report (see ‘Reporting’ below) after attendance at the market.

    ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

    The following items are considered eligible expenses:

    • Per Diem - $60 per day in Canada and $80 per day outside Canada.
    • Accommodation – up to $300.
    • Registration Fees (if applicable).
    • Return airfare (based on economy fare).
    • Ground transportation (ride share, rental car, vehicle fuel costs, taxi, shuttle bus, transit costs, etc.).
    • Design and printing of marketing materials, payable to third parties (e.g. brochures, pitch packages, one sheets, etc.) capped at no more than 20% of the approved direct travel costs.
    • Overhead allowance is capped at a maximum of 10% of the approved direct travel costs (to cover related long distance, in-house photocopying, courier costs and administrative expenses).

     

    FINAL REPORTING

    After attending the market, producers will have 30 business days to submit a final report which must include the following information:

    • A narrative report on market activities outlining meetings held, intelligence garnered, co-venture or co-production deals initiated, rights acquired and financing secured and/or pending; and
    • A final cost report with PDFs of supporting invoices and receipts.

    Final reports are to be completed through the Creative BC online submission form.

    ONLINE FINAL REPORT

    Failure to submit a final report to Creative BC within the specified time period may result in forfeiture of the award. In addition, follow-up surveys may be conducted 6 and 12 months after the market has concluded to confirm any additional pre-sales, rights acquired, financing secured and/or co-production deals signed.


    FORFITURE OF AWARD

    Successful applicants who fail to submit a final report to Creative BC within the specified time period will be given one written reminder. Should all materials not be provided following this reminder, the successful applicant forfeits any outstanding drawdown amounts and the commitment will be reduced by this amount.
     

  • PASSPORT TO MARKETS – VIRTUAL EDITION /

    GUIDELINES 2020-21

     

    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.
     
    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 2020 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 2020-2021.
     
    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 final registration receipts to Creative BC.
     
    No Final Report is required, however successful applicants will be required to complete and return a survey following their attendance at the market.
  • PASSPORT TO MARKETS /
    SITE LIST 2020-2021

     

    MAY 2020

    HOT DOCS FORUM, DEAL MAKER AND DISTRIBUTION RENDEZVOUS
    TORONTO, ON: MAY 28 – JUNE 6, 2020

    • Primarily for feature film 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

    BANFF, ALBERTA: MAY 2020 – SEPTEMBER 2020
    • For television and digital media professionals
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    CANCELLED: CONTENT LA
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: MAY 2020
    RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 21, 2021
    • For television and digital media professionals
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    JUNE 2020

    REALSCREEN WEST – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: JUNE 4-6, 2019
    • Primarily for factual and documentary content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
    • Maximum contribution by Creative BC: $1,000
    • Website: http://www.sunnysideofthedoc.com

    REALSCREEN LIVE (VIRTUAL)
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: JUNE 3-5, 2020
    • Primarily for factual and documentary content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    LOS ANGELES, CA: JUNE 9-11, 2020 RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 15-17, 2021
    • Primarily for digital media producers and game developers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    ANNECY, FRANCE: JUNE 15-30, 2020
    • Primarily for animation content producers and also VR/AR producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    CANNES, FRANCE: JUNE 22-26, 2020
    • Primarily for feature film producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
    • A Canadian Pavilion is organized by Telefilm Canada.
     
    LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE: JUNE 22-25, 2020
    • Primarily for factual and documentary content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    JULY 2020           

    FICCI E-FRAMES (VIRTUAL)
    MUMBAI, INDIA: JULY 7-11, 2020
    • Primarily for producers interested in the South Asian market
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    MONTREAL, PQ: JULY 23-26, 2020
    • Primarily for genre content producers
    • Attendance is based on selection by Frontières organizers
     
    AUGUST 2020
     
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA: AUGUST 4-6, 2020
    • Primarily for producers, game designers, audio professionals, and others involved in the development of interactive games
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    WAN CHAI, HONG KONG: AUGUST 26-29, 2020
    • Primarily for producers interested in the Asian Market
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    SEPTEMBER 2020

    TORONTO, ONTARIO: SEPTEMBER 13-14, 2020
    • International co-production conference in conjunction with the Toronto Film Festival
    • Attendance is based on selection by IFF organizers
     
    HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA: SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2020
    • 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
     
    OTTAWA, ON: SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 4, 2020
    • International conference in conjunction with the Ottawa International Animation Festival
    • Primarily for animation content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance 

    OCTOBER 2020            

    QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC: DATES TBA for 2020
    • For animation professionals, game developers and publishers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    BUSAN, KOREA: OCTOBER 10-13, 2020
    • Primarily for producers interested in the Asian Market
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    MIPCOM (HYBRID OF PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL EVENTS)
    CANNES, FRANCE, OCTOBER 12-15, 2020
    • For producers of all genres
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
    • A Canadian Pavilion is organized by Telefilm Canada.
     
    MARSEILLE, FRANCE: OCTOBER 15-17, 2020
    • For digital series producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    IMAGINENATIVE (VIRTUAL)
    TORONTO, ON: OCTOBER 20-25, 2020
    • For Indigenous film and media producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    NOVEMBER 2020

    SANTA MONICA, CA: NOVEMBER 9-13, 2020
    • Primarily for feature film producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    IDFA FORUM (VIRTUAL)
    AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: NOVEMBER 23-27, 2020
    • Documentary co-financing forum in conjunction with the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
    • Attendance is based on selection by Forum organizers
     
    GOA MARRIOTT RESORT, INDIA: DATES TBD for 2020
    • Primarily for producers interested in the South Asian market
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    DECEMBER 2020

    STRASBOURG, FRANCE: DECEMBER 7-10, 2020
    • Primarily for non-fiction and unscripted content producers in science and history
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: DATES TBD for 2020
    • For television and digital media professionals
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    JANUARY 2021

    MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA: JANUARY 19-21, 2021
    • Primarily for television producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    NEW ORLEANS, LA: JANUARY 25-28, 2021
    • Primarily for non-fiction and unscripted content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 7, 2021
    • International Co-Production Conference in conjunction with the International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • Primarily for feature-length producers
    • Attendance is based on selection by organizers
     
    LONDON, UK: DATES TBD for 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

    FEBRUARY 2021

    CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE: JANUARY 29 – FEBRUARY 6, 2021 / MARKET 1-4 FEBRUARY
    • Primarily for short film producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    MIAMI, FL: FEBRUARY 7-11, 2021
    • Primarily for children’s producers or digital media content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    BERLIN, GERMANY: FEBRUARY 11-18, 2021
    • 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)

    MARCH 2021

    AUSTIN, TEXAS: DATES TBD for 2021
    • Simultaneous conferences include interactive media, music and film 
    • Primarily for film and digital media content producers 
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
     
    WAN CHAI, HONG KONG: DATES TBD for MARCH 2021
    • Primarily for producers interested in the Asian Market
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance

    APRIL 2021

    MIPTV – CANNES, FRANCE: MARCH 30 – APRIL 2, 2020
    • Primarily for TV Producers and digital media content producers
    • Event registration is an open call for attendance
    • Maximum contribution by Creative BC: $2,000
    • Website: http://www.miptv.com/                                                                                  
    • A Canadian Pavilion is organized by Telefilm Canada. Website: http://www.telefilm.ca

    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.
     
    BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & MARKET
    BEIJING, CHINA: DATES, INFORMATION AND WEBSITE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
    • Primarily for TV Producers and digital media content producers in the 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, 2021.

  • 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 case 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 $2,500 depending on the location and costs of the event. Please refer to the site list for the maximum support that can provided for a specific market.

    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.

  • MATHEW PARRY |

    Program Analyst