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CIFVF
666 Kirkwood Ave., Suite 203
Ottawa, ON K1Z 5X9

Eligibility Criteria »
Read the CIFVF's Mission and its eligibility and selection criteria for funding film and video projects.

Guide - Development »
Before investing time and resources preparing an application, you should ensure that you and your project meet the Funds eligibility criteria. To this end, you should begin by reading the CIFVFs Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Film and Video Applications.

Guide - Production & Post Production » provides advice on how to complete an application for development or production or post-production financing.

The CIFVF gratefully acknowledges the financial participation of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Le Fonds reconnait L'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l'entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.
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LINKS AND RESOURCES
Welcome to the CIFVF Production Information with Links web page. The web sites and reference material identified here are just some of the sources of information and advice available through the Internet. You can also find out more through the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and its directory ‘The Guide’ listed below under Resources.

The following list of web sites will link you into various organizations that provide training opportunities. Check also with local industry association and provincial agencies for other current activities.

CANADIAN CONTENT REQUIREMENTS

Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) http://www.pch.gc.ca/cavco

Telephone: (613) 946-7600; Toll-free: 1-888-433-2200.

This office reviews the Canadian content of productions applying for tax credits.

Canadian Program Certification  www.crtc.gc.ca/canrec/eng/canrec.htm

This CRTC office reviews applications for Canadian content for broadcast.

COPYRIGHT

You can register copyright in Canada on line: the website address is  www.cipo.gc.ca; or by phone: (819) 997-1936.

Copyright arises upon creation of the work (if the author is Canadian). Registration of copyright is not required although it creates a legal presumption of ownership of copyright which may make proof simpler in a dispute.

There is some information about rights acquisition and optioning found at :

http://www.canadianfilmmaker.com/content/view/7/5/

ERRORS AND OMISSIONS INSURANCE

Errors and omissions insurance is required of the production company by most broadcasters, distributors, investors and lenders. The policies differ depending on the insurer but they generally cover the insured production company and any other named insured for certain types of claims which may be made against them resulting from the content of the production.

For further information, visit www.boyneclarke.ns.ca/law_letters/corporate_commercial/ll_eoi.php

TRAINING

Alberta Film Development Program (Alberta Foundation for the Arts

British Columbia Arts Council

British Columbia Film

Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian International Development Agency

Canadian Television Fund

Enterprise Prince Edward Island

Film New Brunswick 

Manitoba Arts Council

MANITOBA FILM & SOUND development corporation

Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation

Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation (NSFDC)

Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Medio Development Corporation (OMDC)

Technology Prince Edward Island 

Saskatchewan Art Board

SaskFILM

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles

Telefilm Canada

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FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL FUNDING AGENGIES

Alberta Film Development Program (Alberta Foundation for the Arts

British Columbia Arts Council

British Columbia Film

Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian International Development Agency

Canadian Television Fund

Enterprise Prince Edward Island

Film New Brunswick

Manitoba Arts Council

MANITOBA FILM & SOUND development corporation

Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation

Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation (NSFDC)

Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Medio Development Corporation (OMDC)

Technology Prince Edward Island 

Saskatchewan Art Board

SaskFILM

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles

Telefilm Canada

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PRIVATE SECTOR FUNDING ORGANIZATIONS: FILM AND VIDEO

Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund

BravoFact

Canwest Western Independent Producers Fund

Corus Entertainment (Click on Funds & Initiatives)

Independent Production Fund

New Voices Fund

Quebecor Fund

Rogers Cable Network Fund

Rogers Documentary Fund

Shaw Rocket Fund

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NEW MEDIA FUNDING AGENCIES

Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

Centre des arts médiatiques

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Telefilm Canada

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ASSOCIATIONS AND UNIONS

The web sites below identify those industry associations with web sites.

Alberta Motion Pictures Industries Association (AMPIA)

Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec

Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)

Canadian Film & Television Production Association

Documentary Organization of Canada

Independent Media Arts Alliance

Manitoba Motion Picture Industry Association

Observatoire du documentaire/Documentary Network

Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association

Women in Film and Television -Toronto

Writers' Guild of Canada

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RESOURCES

FILMS: WEBSITES

http://www.canadianfilmmaker.com/content/view/47/11/

FILM AND TELEVISION: DIRECTORIES

  • Canadian Film and Television Production Association. The Guide Published annually.

Available in print form or on CD ROM as well as on line from the CFTPA web site, or through CFTPA offices : 1-800-267-8208 or http://www.cftpa.ca/

The Guide includes information on: treaty co-production; film classification; taxation; collectives; public funding; private investment; broadcasters; distributors; theatrical exhibitors; labour; location; professional development; calendars of industry events and markets; listings of production companies, unions, guilds and associations.

FILM AND TELEVISION: BOOKS

  • Avrich Johnson, Kathy. Canadian Production Finance; A Producer's Handbook. Toronto, OFDC, 2001.

This handbook addresses the components that touch on production finance in Canada. Includes samples of rights agreements, co-production agreements, recoupment schedules, budget cost reports and distribution agreements.
The handbook can be downloaded for free from the OMDC web site. Hard copy versions may be purchased through Women in Film & Television – Toronto at (416) 322-3430 ext.21. The hard copy version consists of 173 spiral bound pages includes a CD ROM.

  • Avrich Johnson, Kathy. Development and Other Production Challenges: A Producer’s Handbook. Toronto, Telefilm, 2002.

This useful handbook covers such topics as: securing rights, option and purchase agreements, financing development, rights clearances. It provides sample documents for chain of title, option and purchase agreements, assignment of rights, writing agreements, etc. It can be downloaded for free from Telefilm Canada's website

  • Gorica, Felice. Canadian Television Financing: the Buck Starts Here. Scarborough, Centennial College Press, 1999.

Excellent guide to new and emerging producers on how to deal with the business end of producing. It deals with how to write a proposal- including a sample proposal; how to find financing; how to approach programming directors, explains the concept of windows; marketing and distribution. The second part of the book is a reference guide listing funding agencies, national and foreign broadcasters. Also included is a resource materials guide.

Available at bookstores.

  • Hampe, Barry. Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos. New York, Henry Holt & Co., 1997.

Focuses on the two main approaches to documentary – recording behaviour and re-creating past events. Includes chapters on visual evidence, documentary ethics, scouting, equipment, scheduling, budgeting, the documentary interview, editing and finishing.

Available at bookstores.

  • Rabiger, Michael. Directing the Documentary, 3rd edition. Woburn, Maine, Focal Press, 1998.

Includes a history of the documentary, screen grammar and craft, equipment selection, lighting, interviewing, directing participants, directing the crew, authorship, postproduction, re-enactment, reconstruction and docudrama, list of international film schools, glossary and bibliography.

  • Vancouver Women in Film & Video. Producer’s Workbook III.

    Provides examples of contracts, budgets and general information for producers.

    To obtain copy: 604-685-1152 Web site: www.canadafilm.com/wifvv

NEW MEDIA: BOOKS
  • Sheffer, Andra, ed. Create A Winning Proposal: The Handbook for New Media Producers. Toronto, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, 1999.

Contents include: Content proposals for new media; budgeting for new media; financing for new media; corporate strategies for new media; marketing and promotion strategies for new media; new media- today and tomorrow.

Available from Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, tel.: (416) 977-8154 or from the web site: www.bell.ca/fund

  • Sheffer, Andra. Ed. New Media, New Business: A Producer’s Guide. Toronto, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, 2001.

    Contents include: concept development, project management, presenting the concept, budgeting, financing, corporate business plans, legal affairs and marketing and promotion strategies.

    Available from Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, tel.: (416) 977-8154 or from the web site: www.bell.ca/fund