Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

The Versioning Program is designed to both increase the reach of existing programming to Canadians through language versioning, and increase the revenue earned by Canadian producers through national and international sales.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will be no more than 75% of the Television Component’s Eligible Costs or the amount stated in the following:

  • for Drama, Children's and Youth, and Animation - $418/minute
  • for Documentary and Variety and Performing Arts - $180/minute
    The Maximum Contribution provided by the CMF shall be 75% of the Digital Media Component’s Eligible Costs.

When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

2022 deadlines to be announced

Eligibility:

Applicants must be:

  • for-profit production company
  • is Canadian-controlled as determined in sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act
  • have its head office in Canada
  •  in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds.
  • or a Canadian Broadcaster, such as:
  • a Canadian programming undertaking, public or private, licensed to operate by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC);
  • an online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian CRTC-licensed programming undertaking;
  • an online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian broadcasting distribution undertaking (“BDU”), licensed to operate by the CRTC; and
  • CRTC-licensed VOD services.

Where the Applicant is a distribution entity, it must hold distribution rights to the project that is the subject of the application.

Applications Steps:

1

Complete all documentation and submit it on the CMF portal.

Documentation Needed:

Television component:

  • Written confirmation that the dubbed or subtitled version of will be made available in the target market
  • A copy of the Original Language Project for viewing purposes (hyperlink(s) must be submitted leading to video- sharing website (e.g. vimeo)
  • All documentation demonstrating that the Applicant holds all the requisite rights to distribute the Versioned Language Project in the target market.
  • Copies of any sale of the Versioned Language Project that is not included in the Original Language Project’s original financial structure.
  • Details of financial participation of other investors
  • Corporate financial statements for the past three years must be provided for all Applicants, Co-Applicants and Parent Companies. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the CMF reserve its right to request from the Applicant, at any time and at the CMF’s absolute discretion, consolidated and audited annual financial statements.
  • Versioning Calculator
  • Versioning Budget
  • Complete incorporation documents
  • Signed and dated directors and shareholders CMF form
  • Corporate Profile
  • Shareholder’s or partner’s agreement
  • Corporate secretary’s certificate.

Additionally, applicants to the Television component must submit:

  • A letter from a broadcaster committing to air the Versioned Language Project in Canada or abroad within one year of delivery. The letter must specify a broadcast license fee, the market value of which must be fair and acceptable to the CMF and represent a minimum of 25% of the versioning budget OR A foreign sales contract, the market value of which is fair and acceptable to the CMF OR If the Versioned Language Project is a pilot or a single episode of a television series, provide a marketing plan. 

Additionally, applicants to the Digital Media component must submit:

  • A letter from a broadcaster or a digital distributor confirming distribution and exploitation plan.

About the author 

Maurice

Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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