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Many public and private funds are available in Canada to film producers. See government, federal and private funding opportunities below.
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, Multiculturalism 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
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
Canadian film production corporations can apply for a 25% tax credit for labour expenses.
Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit
Foreign or Canadian film production corporations can apply for a 16% tax credit for Canadian labour expenses.
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
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.
Bell Media - Harold Greenberg Fund
Canadian producers can apply for funding at all stages of project development.
Website: Bell Media
This program offers funding for various projects by Canadian media content makers.
Website: Bell Fund
Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund
This private sector funding body supports non-theatrical film, videos and new media projects created by Canadian independent producers to enable lifelong learning.
COGECO TV Production Program
This program provides loans for the development of dramatic television series, mini-series and movies-of-the-week.
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