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The Ontario Creates Film Fund is intended to increase the level of domestic feature film production in Ontario. It provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects with development and production financing.

The Ontario Creates Film Fund supports a range of projects across genres with both industrial and cultural benefits. Ontario Creates measures the results of the Ontario Creates Film Fund primarily based on net benefit from the proposed project to the province which includes but is not limited to return on investment and jobs created in the Ontario film industry.

The Film Fund also provides enhanced support for films with diverse elements. See guidelines for more information.

The 2020-21 Film Fund Production program includes administrative updates. Please read the program guidelines thoroughly.

Film Fund: Production 

Program Deadlines 2020-21

CYCLE 1: March 11, 2020 5:00 PM EST

CYCLE 2: Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

CYCLE 3: Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

A project may be submitted to the Film Fund a maximum of 3 times, after which applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances Unsuccessful projects from previous deadlines of the Film Fund may only be resubmitted with the permission of Ontario Creates and must fulfill all deficiencies noted in the previous application. 

Funding available

Funding for dramatic features will be capped on a tiered basis according to Ontario spend (labour and non-labour):

Ontario Spend

Maximum Request

$5 M and up

$400 000 

$3 M and  $4,999 M

$300 000 

$1 M and $2,999 M

$250 000 


  • Funding for documentary films at all budget levels is capped at $150,000.

  • The Film Fund will continue to be a last-in participant in production financing. In order to be considered by the jury, 70% of production financing must be in place at the time of application. To calculate the 70%, you may exclude your Ontario Creates ask, and any financing under review from other recognized industry funding programs. A copy of the funding application(s) to other funders must be provided as part of the application.
  • Film Fund applications must be complete at time of submission in order to move forward to the jury review. Applicants will be offered one opportunity to submit updates via a letter in advance of the jury meeting.

  • All financing must be confirmed within four months of the application deadline and in advance of Ontario Creates’ conditional letter of commitment.

NOTE: Full eligibility requirements, including the diversity enhancement, can be found in Ontario Creates Film Fund Production Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. Ontario Creates reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms. Please ensure that you have the current versions before preparing your documentation.

Application Process   

  • Applicants must submit their application to Ontario Creates electronically through the Online Application Portal (OAP): https://apply.ontariocreates.ca
  • Applicants that do not have a user account on OAP, should go to https://apply.ontariocreates.ca
    and click on “Register”. For assistance, please see Ontario Creates’ website for the “OAP Quick Start Guide”.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Ontario Creates for completeness, eligibility and financial viability.
  • Applications that pass this initial review will be assessed by an industry jury and Ontario Creates for final funding recommendations.
  • Decisions are expected to be announced in June 2020 for Cycle 1, October 2020 for Cycle 2 and February 2021 for Cycle 3. Successful applicants must enter into a funding commitment agreement with Ontario Creates within one month of notification.
  • Ontario Creates reserves the right to withdraw its funding commitment should project financing not be complete within the negotiated time frame, the project no longer meets one or more of the funds eligibility requirements or the project changes significantly from time of initial commitment.
  • Applications must be received at Ontario Creates offices electronically via the OAP system no later than 5:00 pm, EDT on the date of the deadlines.
  • Applications that are received after the deadline will not be considered. 
  • It is imperative that applications include all the required materials listed on the application form.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications for the diversity enhancement must complete and submit a Diversity Enhancement Addendum, available here. The addendum must be provided as part of the film fund application at the time of submission. Addendums will not be accepted after an application has been submitted.

If you have questions or would like more information on the Film Fund 2020-21 program, please sign up for the information session below.


FILM FUND PRODUCTION 2020-21 Information session

Webinar*  -  REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Date:       Wednesday, June 3, 2020     
Time:  


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST

*Note: Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to programs@ontariocreates.ca by May 29, 2020 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.

Guidelines and Application Forms:

Ontario Creates Film Fund – Production Guidelinespdf icon

Schedule of Minimum Commitment of Ontario Expenditures Excel icon

Ontario Creates Film Fund – Applicant Production Company Statementpdf icon

Ontario Creates Film Fund - Diversity Enhancement Addendum MS Word icon

Applicant Affidavit pdf icon

Application Form/Online Application Portal


Enquiries:

Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6695
programs@ontariocreates.ca

Enquiries regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please register here with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.









Funding Deadlines

Film Fund - Development
Friday, January 29, 2021 5:00 PM ET

Export Fund (Book)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

IDM Fund: Global Market Development
Deadline 1: May 25, 2020 5:00 pm ET
Deadline 2: August 31, 2020 5:00 pm ET

Book Fund
Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Film Fund - Production
CYCLE 2: July 7, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
CYCLE 3: November 17, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Music Creation
Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:00 PM ET
Wenesday, September 23, 2020 5:PM ET

Export Fund (Film And Television)
Deadline 2: Monday, August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6695
programs@ontariocreates.ca


Online Application Portal

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