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Export Fund - Film and Television

Grants to Ontario Eligible Television and Film
Producers to Develop International Markets

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Ontario Creates - Export Fund

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05/11/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ontario eligible television and film producers for projects and activities that help to develop business in other countries. Funding is primarily intended to promote market event attendance and targeted sales trips that support company growth. Company activities that facilitate international business and audience development are eligible provided they align with the objectives of the Export Fund program. Travel and participation in industry events organized by third parties are not required.

    The Ontario Creates Export Fund will provide eligible Ontario companies with funding to participate in export development activities that correspond to a strategy for company growth. These activities must produce measurable business development results (sales, pre-sales, financing, licensing and/or publishing deals, etc.) for the participating company. The proposed export development plan must support the company’s content creation and exploitation activities in relation to a slate or catalog of titles. Primary activities supported are market event attendance and targeted sales trips that support the strategy.

    Eligible activities/costs may include but are not limited to:

    • Design and production of marketing materials including equipment, staff, and operations costs
    • Participation in virtual events and meetings including equipment, staff, and operations costs
    • Market and business consultants to facilitate connections with the audience and other partners
    • As the COVID-19 situation evolves, successful applicants will be permitted to make activity changes as necessary. As always, activity changes must be approved in advance.

    This program welcomes cross-sector opportunities and will support export development plans that include non-traditional markets outside of the applicant company’s industry. For example, a music label attending an event for the video game industry in order to pursue licensing opportunities; a book publisher attending an event for the film industry in order to pursue rights sales. 

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 188439

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $15,000 capped at 50% of the total costs for all activities. The number of eligible activities will be capped at five.

    Term of Contract:

    The fund will cover expenses to engage in export development activities between August 1, 2021, and August 31, 2022, as part of a comprehensive export development plan.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    Applicant companies must identify themselves as either a Film or Television company. Identification is based on the stream of production that accounts for the majority of the company’s revenue, as well as the primary focus of the projects in a company’s slate.

    Companies must:
    - Be Ontario-based and Canadian-controlled;
    - Be incorporated;
    - Be a private sector, for-profit company;
    - Be primarily a film or television production company pursuing project pre-sales or co-financing opportunities for a slate of projects or concepts that are currently in development or ready for production. Applicant companies may also attend markets to seek distribution for their productions.
    - Have an export development plan for a slate of products or projects with defined, achievable and measurable business development goals.

    Company Representatives must:
    - Be Ontario residents;
    - Be Canadian citizens or landed immigrant/permanent residents;
    - Be in a key decision-making role within the applicant company;
    - Be working full time with the applicant company (sales agents, external consultants, etc. are ineligible);
    - Meet the requisite experience level for the initiative, with basic comprehension of the market and key industry players; and
    - Previous credits and/or current projects in development must demonstrate that they are able to benefit from the program and that the company is export-ready with its slate of projects.

    Distribution companies seeking distribution for their clients’ productions at Export Markets or via international sales
    trips are ineligible.

    Travel for professional development, training, production, or public relations/marketing such as a screening or receiving an award will not be supported through this program.

    Ineligible costs can be found at

    Pre-proposal Conference:

    Information Sessions:

    Thursday, April 8, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
    Registration is required:

    Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
    Registration is required:

    Pre-Application Information:

    Deadline: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, by 5:00 pm ET

    Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required.

    Ontario Creates will only accept one application per company or associated company per fiscal year. Successful recipients will be permitted up to two activity changes with prior Ontario Creates approval over the course of the cycle for which the Export Fund applies.

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

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    For more information contact:
    Karam Masri, Program Consultant
    Phone: 416-642-6654

    Ontario Creates
    175 Bloor Street East
    South Tower, Suite 501
    Toronto, Ontario M4W 3R8
    Phone 416-314-6858

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