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Northern Business Opportunity Program - Film and Television Industry Projects

Grants to Northern Ontario Production Companies
for High-Quality Television and Film Projects

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Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

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Grants to Northern Ontario production companies for production and post-production costs of high-quality television and film projects. The purpose of this program is to increase media industry jobs and investments in the region. This program seeks to promote the establishment of media industry infrastructure in Northern Ontario.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
-Economic benefit to Northern Ontario.
-Projected expenditures in Northern Ontario.
-Employment potential in Northern Ontario, including training opportunities for Northern Ontario crew members.
-Track record of the producer, director and key creative team.
-Feasibility of the project with respect to budget, financing, schedule and scope.
-The marquee value of the budgeted cast.
-The marketing plan and the distributor’s capacity and commitment to the project and track record of success.

Eligible Costs:

Project costs that are eligible for NOHFC funding include all costs of the production that are spent in Northern Ontario, including labor costs for Northern Ontario trainees under the Trainee Provision. Eligible costs include production goods and services and post-production costs.

For a list of Decision Criteria, see the URL for Full Text link below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183504

Estimated Size of Grant:

NOHFC provides assistance in the form of a conditional grant up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $500,000.

Term of Contract:

There is no time limit; however, since the intake rounds are competitive, the NOHFC would like to see that your funding has largely been sourced and applied for, as well as being ready to go to camera in the next several months as opposed to the next few years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Production companies and their projects must meet these minimum conditions to qualify for NOHFC funding:
-The production company must be a Canadian corporation which is Canadian controlled.
-The production company must own all of the rights necessary to exploit and produce the production.
-Projects with a total budget of less than $1 million must be produced by an Ontario resident.
-Any one producer or co-producer is limited to one application per intake round.
-Applicants must provide evidence of the availability of all other project financing with terms and conditions satisfactory to the NOHFC, at the time of application.
-The project must have secured a written commitment letter from a qualified and experienced distributor or broadcaster, satisfactory to the NOHFC, at the time of application.
-Applicants must be in good standing with the NOHFC. Applicants or any owners, promoters or principals of a related company that are in default on any contractual obligations to the NOHFC are not eligible.
-Priority will be given to applicants who have experience as producers of commercial film and/or television projects or related experience satisfactory to the NOHFC. This includes demonstrating that they have the necessary expertise and resources to complete the proposed production and arrange for its marketing. Applicants with insufficient experience in development or production for the project genre and scope must secure the participation of an experienced executive producer prior to application to NOHFC.
-Applicants must be the owner or co-owner of the project, control copyright and receive, subject to commitments to third-party investors, talent and deferring parties, a share of revenues from sales of the project.
-Applicants must receive a producer credit on the project.

The following is a list of eligible projects:
-Theatrical feature films
-Made-for-television movies
-Television drama series

Productions must meet appropriate quality-acceptance standards for broadcast and distribution. Pornography, sports events, news, games, industrial programs, reality programs and commercials are not eligible. The NOHFC will not fund productions that contravene the Criminal Code of Canada or any other criminal or civic prohibition.  Productions containing excessive violence, sexual violence, sexual or racial stereotyping or exploitation are not eligible. The NOHFC reserves the right to apply its final judgment in this regard.

The following costs are ineligible for NOHFC support:
-Producer fees
-Non-labor costs spent outside of Northern Ontario
-Brokerage of production and/or post-production goods and services from outside of Northern Ontario by intermediaries

Pre-Application Information:

The NOHFC will be conducting the next intake round for the Northern Business Opportunity Program - Film and Television Industry Projects stream as follows:

- Intake Opening Date: March 4, 2019
- Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
- Decision Timeframe: Summer 2019

Updates on future intake rounds will be posted in Spring 2019.

NOHFC provides assistance in the form of a conditional grant up to 50% of eligible costs.

Attention: The Northern Ontario Vendors List is currently under review. Please ensure vendors selected for your production are approved by the NOHFC for costs toward your northern spend prior to entering into an agreement with them. All non-northern vendor costs will not be eligible for reimbursement.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application materials by clicking “Apply Now” on the program web page.

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A map of NOHFC's Northern Ontario service area may be viewed here:

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario