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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)

Deadline Date:

11/06/20

Description:

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Grants to Northern Ontario production companies for production and post-production costs of high-quality television and film projects. Eligible projects include made-for-television movies and drama series, and theatrical feature films. The purpose of this program is to increase film and television industry jobs and investment in Northern Ontario, increase the number of high quality, original film and television productions produced in Northern Ontario, and to effect the establishment of infrastructure to grow and support the industry.

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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

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. NOHFC funding is based on the project’s level of spending in Northern Ontario and on employment and training opportunities for Northern Ontario residents.

In addition the NOHFC has approved a decision note allowing consideration for television series to be eligible for amounts exceeding the guideline 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.

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:

- Application Deadline: March 13, 2020
- Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
- Application Deadline: November 6, 2020

Once the NOHFC has received all of the requested information, the proposal will proceed through the due diligence process to verify the information and to assess various risk elements. This evaluation takes approximately 10-15 business days to complete. The proposal will then be provided to the NOHFC Board of Directors for review. The Board meets every 6 – 8 weeks and once they have reached a decision, the applicant should be informed by a letter within 5–10 business days.

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.

General FAQ: https://nohfc.ca/en/pages/faqs/general-faqs

Enhanced FAQs: https://nohfc.ca/en/pages/faqs/enhanced-faqs

Service Providers: https://nohfc.ca/en/pages/contact-us/contact-service-providers

Contact Information:

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

Apply by clicking “Apply Now” on the URL for Full Text.

Online application assistance: https://nohfc.ca/en/contact_form?fh=online-application-assistance

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
Roberta Bondar Place 70 Foster Drive, Suite 200
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6V8 Canada
email: AskNOHFC@ontario.ca
Phone: 1-705-945-6700
Toll Free: 1-800-461-8329

Grant Coverage Areas:

A map of NOHFC's Northern Ontario service area may be viewed here:
https://nohfc.ca/en/#where-we-serve

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario;

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