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Ontario Creates Film Fund is intended to increase the level of domestic feature film production in Ontario. It provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects in the final stages of development and production financing.

The Ontario Government’s Culture Strategy goals include the promotion of cultural engagement and inclusion; strengthening culture in communities and fueling the creative economy. In support of these goals, the Film Fund will provide enhanced support for films with diverse elements in order to help achieve these important goals.

The Film Fund diversity enhancement will provide support to films that meet the provincial definition of diversity which includes, but is not limited to: ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion (creed), sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. In the case of coproduction, non-traditional partners or jurisdictions will also be considered.

In order to reduce barriers to entry, the diversity enhancement will allow applications for projects with lower budget thresholds than the usual requirement for the Film Fund. Feature projects applying for the diversity enhancement must have a minimum budget of $750,000 and documentaries must have a minimum budget of $500,000 for both the production and development streams. In addition, funding commitments for selected production projects under the diversity enhancement may exceed the usual caps of $400,000 (feature) and $150,000 (documentary), or more than 15% of the project budget. 

Ontario Creates Film Fund consists of two components: Development and Production

Deadlines: 

1st Deadline: April 11, 2018 (by 5:00 pm EDT)
2nd Deadline: October 2, 2018 (by 5:00 pm EDT)


Funding Available

Development: provides funding in the form of an interest-free loan of up to $25,000 for the final stages of development and packaging.

Production: provides funding in the form of a repayable advance of up to $400,000 in production financing for dramas and $150,000 for documentaries, capped at 15% of the budget on a last-in basis to complete the financing of a feature film. Films applying for the diversity enhancement are eligible for increased caps but applicants must contact Ontario Creates in advance of their application.

NOTE: Full eligibility requirements, including the diversity enhancement, can be found in Ontario Creates Film Fund Production Guidelines and Ontario Creates Film Fund Development Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. Ontario Creates reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms. Please ensure that you have the current versions before preparing your documentation.

Application Process  

  • Applicants must submit their application to Ontario Creates electronically through the Online Application Portal (OAP) at https://apply.omdc.on.ca.
  • Applicants that do not have a user account on OAP, should go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”. For assistance, please see Ontario Creates' website for the “OAP Quick Start Guide”.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Ontario Creates for completeness, eligibility and financial viability.
  • Applications that pass this initial review will be assessed by an industry jury and Ontario Creates for final funding recommendations.
  • Decisions are expected to be announced in August 2018 for Cycle 1, and in February 2019 for Cycle 2. Successful applicants must enter into a funding commitment agreement with the Ontario Creates within one month of notification.
  • Ontario Creates reserves the right to withdraw its funding commitment should project financing not be complete within the negotiated time frame, the project no longer meets one or more of the funds eligibility requirements or the project changes significantly from time of initial commitment.
  • Applications must be received at Ontario Creates offices electronically via the OAP system no later than 5:00 pm EST on the date of the deadlines.
  • Applications that are received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • It is imperative that applications include all the required materials listed on the application form.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications for the diversity enhancement must complete and submit a Diversity Enhancement Addendum, here.The addendum must be provided as part of the film fund application at the time of submission. Addendums will not be accepted after an application has been submitted.


FILM FUND Information sessions

Information Session 1 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Date:         
Thursday, August 23, 2018        
Time:  
     
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Location:             
Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto.



Information Session 2 -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Date:         
Tuesday, September 18, 2018        
Time:  
     
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Location:             
Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto.



Webinar* -  
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Date:         
Thursday, September 20, 2018        
Time:  
     
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
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*Note: Access to this information session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges, and registrants outside of the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to programs@ontariocreates.ca by August 7, 2018 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.


Guidelines and Application Forms:


Ontario Creates Film Fund - Development BudgetExcel icon

Ontario Creates Film Fund – Production Guidelinespdf icon

Schedule of Minimum Commitment of Ontario Expenditures Excel icon

Ontario Creates Film Fund – Applicant Production Company Statementpdf icon

Ontario Creates Film Fund - Diversity Enhancement Addendum MS Word icon

Applicant Affidavit pdf icon


Application Form/Online Application Portal


Enquiries:  

Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives 
Phone: 416-642-6697
programs@ontariocreates.ca

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs@ontariocreates.ca with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.