Programs tables

You can glance through these programs’ main guidelines by referring to the following tables for each program:



MAIN TELEVISION PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MPAP)

APPLICANT’S ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The applicant’s main activity must be the production of audio-visual programming.

The Quebecor Fund will give priority to producers with significant experience in their sector of activities.

THE PROJECT’S ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Projects must include the following aspects:

1. The production of quality content programs for television in French, English and/or Aboriginal languages, broadcast by a Canadian PU recognized by the CRTC;

2. The applicant must file a project whose first broadcasting date is subsequent to the deadline for filing the request.

Convergent Production Component:

1.  The production of quality content programs for television distributed by a Canadian PU recognized by the CRTC, in French, English and or Aboriginal languages;

2.  The production of a multiplatform component using platforms such as VOD, mobile terminals and/or other digital platforms and, mandatorily, high-speed Internet;

3.  Programs created with the help of Quebecor Fund, irrespective of its distribution platform, must be subtitled in compliance with quality standards stated in CRTC’s Broadcasting Regulatory Policy and provide described video when 5 minutes or longer. Programming categories which must provide described video are the following: 2b) Long-form documentaries, 7 Drama and Comedy, 9 Variety, 11a) General entertainment and human interest 11b) Reality television and/or comprising shows aimed at preschool-age children (0-5 years old) or children (6-12 years old).

 

Developing Television Formats and Concepts Component:

1.  Adapting a television series as a format or developing Canadian television formats or concepts from an original idea;

2.  The project must be in its development phase and must have received financial commitment for development from a recognized Canadian French-language broadcaster. 

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION AND RECOVERY TERMS

The maximum contribution is $300,000 and will not surpass 35% of the total budget.

Convergent Production Component:

1. The financial assistance is refundable or not, and is a supplement to Internet broadcasting rights and rights paid by a PU;

2. The Quebecor Fund’s contribution will not exceed 35% of the combined budget;

3. The PU's distribution licence must be equivalent to at least 15% of the project’s total budget (television and multiplatform component);

4. Recovery terms, where required, will be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. 

Developing Television Formats and Concepts Component:

1. The Quebecor Fund’s contribution will not exceed 75% of the direct costs for adapting or developing the television format/concept. Direct costs are expenses related to the content and/or the production of a pilot;

2. Producers fees are excluded from expenses;

3. The Quebecor Fund’s contribution is refundable up to 100% on the first day of filming or on the format’s sale date, as appropriate. Recovery terms are specific to each project.

FILING APPLICATION DEADLINES

October 1 and April 1 each calendar year, at 4 p.m. or on the next bisiness day following said dates. 

THE EVENT AND FILM PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EFPAP)

EVENTS

 

FILM

APPLICANT’S ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

One of the applicant’s main activities must include event production.

Both the producer and the distributer must submit the application.

The applicant’s main activities must include film production The producer must have produced a minimum of two (2) feature films.

The Quebecor Fund will give priority to producers with significant experience in their sector of activities.

The Quebecor Fund will give priority to producers with significant experience in their sector of activities.

The distributor must be recognised by Telefilm Canada.

THE PROJECT’S ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The project must include the following aspects:

1 . The production of a French language Canadian television program featuring Canadian cultural event content with a distribution licence issued by a Canadian PU recognised by the CRTC;

2. The project must have a paid commitment to:
a) video on demand (VOD) for television broadcast and/or;
b) pay-per-view television (PPV).

The project must include the following aspects:

1. The production of a French language Canadian feature film with an issued distribution licence and a broadcasting licence by a French language Canadian PU recognised by the CRTC;

2. An interactive marketing plan;

3. A production budget of over $1,500,000;

4. The applicant must have completed a minimum of 90% of its financing budget and, preferably, have had the financial participation of SODEC and/or TELEFILM;

or

have completed a minimum of 75% of its shooting and giving a copy of a first film editing.

The applicant must file an application that will only be picked-up after the confirmation of Quebecor Fund’s participation. Moreover, financing must be complete prior to signing the agreement.

The application must be submitted during the development or pre-production stage and before signing any formal agreements with institutions such as SODEC or TELEFILM Canada;

or

during the production stage at 75% of its shooting or more.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION

This financial contribution is non-refundable.

This financial contribution is refundable and is divided into two components.

The maximum contribution is $80,000 and will not surpass
30% of the production’s television production budget.

The contribution can reach a maximum of $200,000 or 10% of the production’s budget and is a supplement to the guaranteed minimum. The distributor can deduct no more than 5% of this amount for administrative costs.

The PU's distribution licence must be equivalent to at least
15% of the television production budget

An additional contribution of up to $40,000 will also be paid for an interactive marketing plan, subject to the distributor’s contribution of an equal amount.

The Quebecor Fund will accept only one application for each event and per financial round.

Contributions will be paid directly to the distributor. The distributor will pay the producer in whole or in part, the amounts awarded, from the first day of shooting.

FILING APPLICATION DEADLINES

For the EFPAP, the application dates are usually in January and June of each year. For future applications, we invite you to check our website periodically under the Filing an application - EFPAP.

For the EFPAP, the application dates are usually in January and June of each year. For future applications, we invite you to check our website periodically under the  Filing an application - EFPAP.

THE EXPORT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EXAP)

Challenges

  • Content development adapted for international markets.
  • Marketing of audiovisual content.

Objectives

  • Promote audiovisual content outside of Quebec;
  • Increase the volume of exports;
  • Accelerate implementation of projects for export (leverage effect).

General principles

  • Support various business models that encourage the export of Canadian content made for television; 
  • Target Quebec’s audiovisual market.

Examples of eligible business models and expenses

  • Creating a development fund for projects intended for export;
  • Developing a portfolio of pilot programs and/or formats intended for export;
  • Supporting a marketing platform for audiovisual content;
  • Developing more advanced tools that facilitate marketing (such as tools for dubbing, subtitling, rebranding or models).

Inadmissible expenses

  • Expenses currently covered by government programs;
  • Travel expenses (plane tickets and hotels);
  • Costs of maintaining a presence in a given market.

Criteria for eligibility

The business models should:

  • Encourage Canadian content production;
  • Contribute to the improvement of the Canadian broadcasting system;
  • Include, eventually, broadcast on Canadian television;
  • Applicant profile: producer, distributors or broadcaster;
  • Prove the company’s headquarters and decision-making centre are in Quebec;
  • Show the company is more than five (5) years old and/or the applicant has over fifteen (15) years of experience in the audiovisual sector. In all cases the applicant must have previous experience in content marketing or exportation;
  • Respect the Quebecor Fund’s requirements for financial contribution.

Financial contribution

  • The reimbursable financial aid is applicable to financing of business model;
  • The minimum contribution for each business model is $50,000, to a maximum of $300,000. The financial aid provided must not exceed 40% of the overall financing package.

Recovery of financial aid

  • Ecovery over a period of thirty-six (36) to sixty (60) months.
  • Investment recovery includes the original financial aid and a return on investment, which will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Favourable criteria in an application

  • A business partner in development and/or marketing;
  • Confirmation for obtaining a broadcasting licence and/or the financial participation of a broadcaster in the project development, at the time of the application;
  • Content intended for multiplatform distribution;
  • the project allows for the consolidation of expertise in the development or marketing of audiovisual content for export;
  • Creation of intellectual property rights;
  • Demonstrates the economic benefits for Quebec;
  • The applicant shows entrepreneurial spirit and is willing to take risks.

Filing an application

  • Applications can be filed at any time.
  • The Quebecor Fund will accept only one application per applicant per fiscal year.
  • The Quebecor Fund may invest a second time in the same applicant depending on past recovery of financial contributions.

Documentation

Documentation demonstrating eligibility criteria, specifically:

  • Proof of the company headquarters and decision-making centre;
  • Applicant’s description and experience in exportation;
  • Description of the business model;
  • Submission outlining financial projections over three to five years and a proposal for the investment plan including recovery;
  • Proof of financing of the business model.
 
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