General eligibility criteria
Applicants must have a legal personality operating in Canada, be under Canadian control and have a head office.
The applicant must hold all rights in order to be allowed to produce, broadcast and completely carry out the production, as well as have a permanent financial interest in the project. The applicant must provide the Quebecor Fund with the chain of intellectual property rights to be able to demonstrate that this requirement is respected.
In the case of a co-production, the sum of the rights of each co-producer must total all the rights of any nature whatsoever, including authorship rights to allow the producing, broadcasting and complete operation of the production, without time or territorial limitations, in particular. The chain of intellectual property must demonstrate that this requirement is respected.
An international coproduction approved by Telefilm Canada/SODEC under co-production, subject to a formal agreement, is eligible if all other criteria established by the Quebecor Fund are met.
Projects for which a financial contribution is requested may come from either one or several producers, as long as the project, whether for television, film, event or interactive multimedia, is dealt with as a single project and that a single application is filed with the Quebecor Fund. Moreover, if a project is filed in a context of a co-production or partnership, a single representative must be given full authority in dealing with the Quebecor Fund; throughout the process, any and all transmissions of documents will have to combine and include all aspects of the project.
The project will have to be produced by Canadian creative artisans, for Canadians, with the acknowledgement that the production must obtain the certification of Canadian production as established by the accreditation system of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
To be eligible for a financial contribution, the applicant must prove that a PU has acquired a broadcasting licence, according to industry standards, and submit a written commitment by the PU to the Quebecor Fund indicating it will broadcast the production in Canada within two (2) years of the production end date. The payment of the licence must be made entirely in cash and may not be partly paid in services. The payment must constitute a pre-sale and must be fully invested by the producer in the production.
An applicant requesting more than one financial contribution per round of financing will have to show his long-term capacity to carry out all projects submitted to the Quebecor Fund.
The Quebecor Fund’s financial support shall not be used to finance website transactional tools or to take advantage of the sale or rental of goods or services.
Not admissible for contribution from the Quebecor Fund are sports programming projects (Category 6 according to the CRTC categories), current affairs type reports (Category 3 according to the CRTC categories) or news programming (Category 1 according to the CRTC categories), promotional projects such as infomercials or reports of a promotional nature, internal content reports or other promotional interlude programming commonly used by the PUs, games developed for the video arcade market, products developed exclusively for stand-alone devices such as CD-ROMS, DVDs or any other stand-alone device currently in use or to be developed in the future, as well as fully sponsored projects.
Rules regarding production
Projects including narration, dialogue or songs must provide close-captioning for the hearing impaired, except if the program is a project designed for children under five (5) years old, or a program using an Aboriginal language that does not support the use of the Latin alphabet. Sub-titling must be done in Canada, by a company under Canadian control. The sub-titling costs must be included in the project’s budget.
The Quebecor Fund logo, as well as the following mention: “with the financial support of Quebecor Fund”, must appear, if applicable, in the television program credits, feature film credits, on the website, within all multiplatform components and in all the production’s advertising and promotional material.
Here is the Quebecor Fund's logo in black and white versions:
Once an application has been filed, the Quebecor Fund will have access to information about the applicant's activities and certain information will be considered confidential, whether it is identified as "confidential" or not (hereinafter "Confidential Information"). Therefore, the Quebecor Fund, its representatives and employees agree, directly or indirectly, not to disclose, communicate or use the Confidential Information received in any way. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Quebecor Fund may disclose the Confidential Information to its legal and financial advisors or other persons with whom it does business, however, the Quebecor Fund will obtain a confidentiality agreement similar to this agreement from such persons.