Overview

Many public and private funds are available in Canada to film producers. See government, federal and private funding opportunities below.

Provincial funding

Film and Television Tax Credit (FTTC)

Launched on January 29, 2020, the FTTC is administered by the Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation. The program offers a refundable Alberta tax credit certificate on eligible Alberta production and labour costs to corporations that produce films, television series and other eligible screen-based productions in the province. Applicants may apply for either a 22% or 30% tax credit rate. FTTC has a continuous intake with a minimum total production budget of C$500,000 on new productions.

Program details can be found on the FTTC web page.

Alberta Media Fund

The following grants support Alberta’s film ecosystem and are administered by the Ministry of Culture and Status of Women. Alberta film producers can apply for funding for different phases of film production, including script development, production and post-production.

  • Alberta Made Production Grant: helps Alberta producers attract and maintain skilled labour by covering 25% of eligible production costs to a maximum of C$125,000.
  • Post-Production, Visual Effects and Digital Animation Grant: supports the growth and sustainability of Alberta’s post-production sector by helping companies employ Alberta talent.
  • Alberta Project Script Development Grant: helps Alberta producers cover expenses related to the development of commercial-ready projects and/or scripts.

Program details for each grant can be found on the Alberta Media Fund web page.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts - Film and Video Projects

Individual artists and non-incorporated groups can apply for film and video project funding.

Website: Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Community Initiatives Program

Organizations can get funding for opportunities that allow Albertans to engage with and help develop their communities.

Website: Community Initiatives Program

Federal funding

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Canadian film production corporations can apply for a 25% tax credit for labour expenses.

Website: Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit

Foreign or Canadian film production corporations can apply for a 16% tax credit for Canadian labour expenses.

Website: Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit

Canada Media Fund

This program supports the creation of successful, innovative Canadian content and software for current and emerging digital platforms.

Website: Canada Media Fund

Telefilm – Canada Feature Film Fund

Telefilm Canada offers funding to Canadian-owned film production corporations through a variety of programs.

Website: Telefilm – Canada Feature Film Fund

Telefilm – Promotion program

Canadian organizations can apply for funding for their promotional activities.

Website: Telefilm – Promotion program

Other funding

ATB Financial - Film Financing Program

Partnering with Alberta film productions by providing interim financing to cover the cost of equipment, locations, cast and crew before the cameras start rolling.

Website: ATB Financial - Film Financing Program

Bell Fund

This program offers funding for various projects by Canadian media content makers.

Website: Bell Fund

COGECO TV Production Program

This program provides loans for the development of dramatic television series, mini-series and movies-of-the-week.

Website: Independent Production Fund – COGECO TV Production Program

Edmonton Screen Industries Office

This organization offers funding and programs for screen media productions in the Edmonton Metropolitan region.

Website: Edmonton Screen Industries Office

Independent Production Fund

This fund provides equity investments to encourage the production of prime-time dramatic series and children’s series.

Website: Independent Production Fund

National Film Board (NFB)

The NFB produces and distributes productions from emerging and established filmmakers in culturally diverse communities.

Website: National Film Board

Corus Media – Hot Docs Funds

Canadian and international documentary projects can apply for funding for development, production and completion grants.

Website: Hot Docs

Shaw Rocket Fund

This program provides equity investment funding that supports the Canadian children’s media sector.

Website: Shaw Rocket Fund

The Rogers Group of Funds

This program offers funding to documentary and cable network productions.

Website: Rogers Group of Funds

Contact information

Alberta Film Commissioner

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