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December 6, 2017

December 4 FilmOntario Update

Update - December 4, 2017

Thank You For a Successful FilmOntario Day at Queen’s Park
Thank you to all the members who came out and participated in the inaugural FilmOntario Day at Queen’s Park. It was great to see a packed gallery for Question Period, where Minister McMahon responded to a friendly question on our industry successes and a follow-up question on how the government is supporting production activity in Northern Ontario, where she specifically noted the government’s commitment to stable tax credits.

Members also participated in over 20 meetings with MPPs, Cabinet Ministers including Ministers McMahon and Coteau, and key members of the opposition including Leader of the NDP Andrea Horwath and PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli. The day was capped off by a well-attended reception, where Minister McMahon again lauded our industry successes and in particular recent industry work on addressing harassment issues. Special thanks to Board member Scott Garvie for introducing the Minister at the Reception.

Our media release and pictures from the event can be found on the FilmOntario website.

Port Lands Planning Framework
As you are all aware, the City is currently in the process of considering the adoption of a Planning Framework for the Port Lands, which will come before City Council this week. A result of many years of consultation, the Planning Framework represents the best opportunity to allow for mixed use development in the Port Lands while ensuring continued studio expansion in the area.

FilmOntario worked with industry partners to ensure the Framework was adopted by the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee and has reached out to the Mayor’s office on the importance of the issue. We will continue to work on this file with our industry partners and will keep you updated as it evolves.

New from the Canada Media Fund (CMF)
The CMF has announced a $2.6 million Export Pilot Program to help finance development activities for television projects intended for international markets. The program focusses on acquiring pre-sale financing from foreign broadcasters, online streaming services, distributors and sales agents.

The program will support both English and French-language projects, although in the English market, only live-action projects are eligible. The maximum contribution by the CMF will be the lesser of 75% of a project’s eligible costs or $75,000. Full guidelines are available here.

Also, producers are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Canada-Denmark Co-Development Incentive for Digital Media Projects, to fund the co-development of eligible digital media projects, and the Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive, to encourage co-development and/or co-production of eligible digital media projects between Canadian producers and German producers based in Berlin or Brandenburg, is coming up on December 12, 2017.

Welcome New Members
We would like to welcome two new members to FilmOntario!

High Park Entertainment is a film and TV production service company, founded by Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden. They are known for maximizing the financial and creative benefits for producing in, or co-producing with, Canada, including federal and provincial tax credits and various other sources of government and non-government financing.

Film and Event Solutions has been renting equipment to commercial production companies, short format films and television and movies since 2008. They provide a wide range of location support equipment.

Welcome aboard to our newest members and thank you for your ongoing support of the screen-based industries in Ontario. And remember, it’s always better to do business with a fellow FilmOntario member!

WIFT-V From Our Dark Side National Genre Concept Competition
Women in Film and Television – Vancouver’s From Our Dark Side National Genre Concept Competition, supported by Telus, Super Chanel, Creative BC, & Telefilm, and in partnership with Raven Banner, Frontières International Co-Production Market, & XYZ films is currently accepting submissions.

Submit your maximum 3-5 page genre film outline here by January 5th, 2018 and win an incubator program designed to advance your feature film project and increase your knowledge of the genre market. Five winners will be selected from across the country to participate in a 6-month incubator program with mentorship from leaders in Canada’s genre film industry that will take their screenplay to the next level. No previous film writing experience necessary. Open to women writers living in Canada only.

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