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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 2020-21 Film Fund Development Stream includes administrative updates. Please read the guidelines thoroughly.

Film Fund: Development

Program Deadline 2020/21

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis to January 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET. 

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 8 and 12 weeks after their application is submitted.

Funding Available

Projects/Producers who meet the eligibility criteria for the Ontario Creates Film Fund can apply for Development support from Ontario Creates for requests to a maximum of $25,000 for the selected stage of development. Ontario Creates support cannot exceed 75% of the budget for the selected development stage.

Applicant Eligibility
The Production Company must be:

  • incorporated in Ontario or incorporated federally and registered in Ontario. 
  • Ontario-based:
    • have a permanent establishment in Ontario which serves as head office and base of operations (i.e. applicant is eligible to pay corporate income taxes in Ontario and Ontario address is listed as head office in T2 filing); and,
    • be able to demonstrate that they had a permanent establishment in Ontario for at least one year prior to the deadline.
  • a Canadian-owned and controlled organization as defined in the Investment Canada Act (Canada).

Applicant companies and any associated production entity must be in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application submission.

The Individual Producer(s) must:
  • be Ontario residents and Canadian citizens within the definition of the Citizenship Act or permanent residents within the definition of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).
  • have previously produced at least one of: a dramatic or documentary feature film theatrically released in Canada; a television movie; a dramatic or documentary series; or, two one-hour documentaries that have been broadcast in Canada.
Ontario Creates will consider applications from producers who do not meet the above minimum applicant producer requirements provided that they can demonstrate in writing the attachment to the project of an Ontario based executive producer who does meet the above qualifications. In this instance, applicants are required to seek pre-approval of the executive producer by Ontario Creates prior to application.

Ontario Creates’ contribution is an interest-free 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 8 to 12 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 2020/21 program, please sign up for the information session below.

FILM FUND DEVELOPMENT 2020/21 Information session

Information Session #1- Webinar* - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Date: Tuesday, May 19 , 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET 

Information Session #2 - Webinar*- REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Date: Tuesday, May 26 , 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

*Note: Access to this information session is limited. 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 25, 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 – 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 - 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

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