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Film Fund - Development

The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Development Stream is intended to support development activities that lead to the production of domestic feature film in Ontario. The Film Fund provides support to Ontario producers for all stages of development activities.

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 Film Fund primarily based on net benefit from the project to the province which includes but is not limited to return on investment and jobs created in the Ontario film industry.

The 2019-20 Film Fund Development Stream includes administrative updates. Please read the guidelines thoroughly.

Film Fund: Development

Program Deadline 2019/20

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis between October 15, 2019 and January 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET. 

*UPDATE: Please note there is a deadline extension to February 14, 2020 (5:00 pm ET) that is only applicable to projects applying through the Telefilm top-up.

Applications will be assessed on a continuous basis as they are received. All applications must be submitted and received on or before the applicable deadline to be considered.

Decisions will be communicated to applicants between 4 and 8 weeks after their application is submitted.

Funding Available

Telefilm Top-Up

Through a joint initiative with Telefilm Canada, recipients of support from the Telefilm Canada Feature Film Development Program can request $5,000 (min) to $15,000 (max) from Ontario Creates.

Please be advised that:

  • Ontario Creates will only consider single projects (not slate), maximum one project per producer;
  • Overall Development support between Telefilm and Ontario Creates cannot exceed $30,000;
  • Ontario Creates support cannot exceed 75% of the development budget.

Other Eligible Producers

Projects/Producers who meet the eligibility criteria for the Ontario Creates Film Fund but do not meet Telefilm eligibility (ie. third language films) can apply for Development support from Ontario Creates directly on a case-by-case basis, for requests to a maximum of $15,000. In this instance applicants are required to seek pre-approval by Ontario Creates prior to application, or the application will be deemed ineligible. Ontario Creates support cannot exceed 75% of the development budget.

Ontario Producers not applying to Telefilm

Producers who are choosing not to access Telefilm for Development support and have an eligible project may be eligible for support; please contact Ontario Creates directly to discuss prior to November 30, 2019.

Ontario Creates’ contribution is a loan, which must be repaid at the commencement of principle photography.

The number of applicants who will receive funding and the amount of funding received will be determined by the annual confirmed budget of the Ontario Creates Film Fund and the quantity and quality of the applications received.

NOTE: Full eligibility requirements can be found in the Ontario Creates Film Fund 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) at https://apply.OntarioCreates.ca/
  • Applicants that do not have a user account on the 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 must be received electronically via the OAP system no later than 5:00 pm ET on the applicable deadline;
  • Applications that are received after the deadline will not be considered;
  • Applications will be reviewed by Ontario Creates for eligibility and completeness;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis. Decisions will be announced 4 to 8 weeks after the application has been submitted;
  • Successful applicants must accept and sign an agreement within one month of notification; 
  • Ontario Creates reserves the right to withdraw its funding commitment should the project no longer meets one or more of the funds eligibility requirements or the project changes significantly from time of initial commitment.

If you have questions or would like more information on the Film Fund 2019/20 program, please sign up for an information session below.

FILM FUND DEVELOPMENT 2019/20 Information sessions

Information Session #1 - Webinar* - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET 

Information Session #2 - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET 

Location: Conference Centre, 8th Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. 

*Note: Access to this information session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges, and registrants outside of the GTA. 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 October 21, 2019 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 – Development Guidelinespdf icon

Development Fund – Budget Template Excel icon

Ontario Creates Film Fund – Applicant Production Company Statementpdf icon

Applicant Affidavitpdf icon

Application Form/Online Application Portal


Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives 

Phone: 416-642-6695


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

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs@ontariocreates.ca 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 - Production
CYCLE 1: March 11, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6695

Online Application Portal

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Online Application Portal