Post-Production, Visual Effects and Digital Animation Grant

Apply for funding to support post-production, visual effects and digital animation projects in Alberta.

Important dates

Note: The Post-Production, Visual Effects and Digital Animation Grant is now closed and no longer accepting applications. New intake will open soon with additional details to follow shortly.

Overview

The Post-Production Grant provides funding to help cover labour expenses for organizations involved in the development and delivery of post-production services in Alberta, including visual effects and digital animation.

This funding, under the Alberta Media Fund supports the growth and sustainability of Alberta’s post-production sector by helping eligible companies employ Alberta talent, expand their workforce and grow their operations.

Funding

Grants are based on 18% of eligible labour expenses related to post-production, digital animation and visual effects.

Eligible post-production companies that received funding through the Alberta Production Grant or the Screen-Based Production Grant are also eligible for a grant of up to 18% on post-production labour costs.

You can submit an unlimited number of applications; however, the maximum amount an organization can receive in grant funding is $200,000.

Eligible organizations

To be eligible to apply, your organization must be:

  • an incorporated company, partnership, sole proprietorship or registered non-profit entity or society in good standing with the Alberta Media Fund
  • engaged primarily in the creation, development and delivery of post-production services in Alberta, including visual effects and digital animation
  • in sound financial standing
  • able to provide industry standard insurance
  • able to demonstrate that post-production services have been provided to arms-length, third-party companies

Eligible projects

Eligible projects or activities include:

  • editing of video and audio
  • subtitling and closed-captioning
  • creation and editing of visual and sounds effects
  • digital animation
  • produced primarily for distribution to a public audience
  • post-production start date no earlier than Oct 1, 2016

Ineligible projects

Projects that are not eligible for funding include:

  • productions that solicit funds
  • pornography/adult entertainment
  • productions made for internal use
  • productions where principle photography started before Oct 1, 2016
  • productions where support would be considered contrary to public policy, including the promotion of:
    • hate against an identifiable group
    • exploitation of sex, violence, horror or cruelty

Eligible expenses

Labour expenses consist of total invoiced labour rates for employees or contractors directly involved in eligible projects and who meet the definition of Albertan.

Ineligible expenses

Labour expenses not eligible under this grant include, but are not limited to:

  • non-Albertan labour expenses
  • labour expenses related to ineligible projects
  • non-labour expenses
  • corporate overhead expenses

How to apply

Step 1: Review the guidelines

Review the Post-Production, Visual Effects and Digital Animation Grant Guidelines (PDF, 245 KB) to ensure you understand the requirements.

Step 2: Pre-certification (optional)

Applicants have the option of applying for pre-certification prior to submitting an application to verify their eligibility. Pre-certification requests can be sent to PostProductionGrant@gov.ab.ca.

Refer to the requirements listed in your application or guidelines. The items listed must be submitted with your application for pre-certification.

Step 3: Complete the application package

Download and complete the following forms:

Step 4: Gather the required documents

Refer to the additional requirements listed in your application or guidelines. The items listed must be submitted with your application or it will be considered incomplete.

Step 5: Submit your application

Submit your completed application and all required documents to PostProductionGrant@gov.ab.ca by March 31, 2018

After you apply

Applicants will be notified in writing of the result of their application and/or funding status after the recommendation is approved.

Approved applicants will receive a letter of intent and grant agreement outlining project deliverables and reporting requirements.

Reporting

Recipients are required to submit the following reports within 60 days of the completion of the project:

Any unused portions of the grant must be returned to the Government of Alberta.

Contact

Main Line: 780-422-8584 (toll-free calls, dial 310-000 first)
Email: PostProductionGrant@gov.ab.ca