Changes to the Alberta Media Fund

Budget 2019, announced on October 24, reflects the province’s commitment to responsible fiscal management and a promise to balance the budget in 4 years. It’s focused on creating jobs and delivering public services and infrastructure to support private sector investment and a vibrant society. A summary of changes that will affect the film and television sector are as follows:
  • The Screen-based Production Grant is being transitioned to a new refundable Film and Television Tax Credit program. Economic Development, Trade and Tourism is responsible for the new tax credit.
  • The Screen-based Production Grant is closed and no additional funding will be allocated. All existing funding commitments will be honoured by Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.
  • A new Alberta Made Production Grant is being created for local production companies producing Alberta content.
  • Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, and Economic Development, Trade and Tourism will share details as these new programs are finalized.

To review the funding changes fact sheet and other funding opportunities, please visit the Alberta Media Fund website or email AMF administration at Cultural Industries. Many public and private funds are available in Canada to film producers. The Alberta Media Fund may be used in conjunction with other provincial and federal incentives.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts - Film and Video Projects

Individual artists and non-incorporated groups can apply for the film and video project funding through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA).

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Community Initiatives Program

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funds to enhance and enrich community initiatives throughout Alberta. The program is intended to reinvest revenues generated from provincial lotteries in communities, to empower local citizens, and community organizations to work together and respond to local needs.

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Federal Tax Credit Programs - CAVCO

The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) co-administers two federal tax credit programs with the Canada Revenue Agency:

  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
    To be eligible for the CPTC, the applicant must be a Canadian-owned, taxable corporation that is primarily in the business of Canadian film or video production.
  • Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit
    To be eligible for the PSTC, the applicant can be either a foreign-owned corporation or a Canadian-owned corporation that is primarily in the business of film or video production services.

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Canada Media Fund

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) champions the creation of successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and industry research.

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Telefilm Canada

Telefilm Canada offers funding through the Canada Feature Film Fund and Business Development Programs.

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Bell Media - Harold Greenberg Fund

Bell's Harold Greenberg Fund/Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization that supports the development of Canadian English-language and French-language dramatic feature films. The Fund helps support story optioning, script development, equity investment and industry initiatives.

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Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

The Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund advances the Canadian broadcasting system by encouraging and funding the creation of excellent Canadian digital media, promoting partnerships and sustainable businesses in the broadcast and new media sectors, engaging in research and sharing knowledge and enhancing the national and international profiles of industry stakeholders.

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Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund

The Canadian Independent Film Video Fund (CIFVF) is a private sector funding body that supports non-theatrical film, videos and new media projects created by Canadian independent producers to enable lifelong learning. The CIFVF is unique in focusing on the non-theatrical market. A broadcast licence is not required in order to apply to the CIFVF for funding. The CIFVF assists projects that have been unable to attain the required level of broadcast licence fees to be eligible for Canadian Television Fund (CTF) or Telefilm funding. The CIFVF provides financial assistance to independent producers for the development and production of English and French language films or videos and interactive digital new media programs in a variety of subject areas using the formats of documentary, docu-drama, drama and animation to inform, educate and/or instruct.

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COGECO Program Development Fund

The COGECO Program Development Fund provides loans for the development of dramatic television series, mini-series, and movies-of-the-week. It also provides equity financing for the production of mini-series, movies-of-the-week and pilots for dramatic television series. Development loans are also available for production companies with a slate of feature films in development.

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Independent Production Fund

The Independent Production Fund (IPF) provides equity investments to encourage the production of prime-time dramatic series and dramatic children's series, produced by independent Canadian producers for private sector broadcasters, in English or French. The IPF's Special Project Grants program supports professional development activities for not-for-profit organizations that undertake training and promotional programs to further develop dramatic production skills and recognition.

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National Film Board (NFB)

The NFB Canada's public producer of artistic, inventive and socially relevant audiovisual content. They engage with a variety creators, filmmakers and other media artists, in the production of POV documentaries, auteur animation and original interactive digital content for all platforms including mobile and the Web. Learn more about the NFB's various programs.

Last reviewed/revised: January 10, 2020
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