Funding

Screen-Based Production Grant (SPG)


The Screen-Based Production Grant supports the creation of film and television production in Alberta. This improved grant replaces the previous Alberta Production Grant. It offers up to 30 per cent of eligible production expenditures made in Alberta as well as a potential increase in the $5 million per-project cap of up to $7.5 million in funding per project. Applications are evaluated through a competitive process that awards points based on economic or cultural criteria such as job creation, the use of Alberta cast and crews, the use of Alberta infrastructure such as the Calgary Film Centre, diversity, and the use of Alberta subject matter.

This program replaces the former Alberta Production Grant.

For more information on the SPG or other funding opportunities, please visit the Alberta Media Fund website or email AMF administration at Cultural Industries.

Many public and private funds are available in Canada to film producers. The Alberta Media Fund may be used in conjunction with other provincial and federal incentives.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts - Film and Video Projects

Individual artists and non-incorporated groups can apply for the film and video project funding through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA).

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Community Initiatives Program

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funds to enhance and enrich community initiatives throughout Alberta. The program is intended to reinvest revenues generated from provincial lotteries in communities, to empower local citizens, and community organizations to work together and respond to local needs.

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Federal Tax Credit Programs - CAVCO

The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) co-administers two federal tax credit programs with the Canada Revenue Agency:

  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
    To be eligible for the CPTC, the applicant must be a Canadian-owned, taxable corporation that is primarily in the business of Canadian film or video production.
  • Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit
    To be eligible for the PSTC, the applicant can be either a foreign-owned corporation or a Canadian-owned corporation that is primarily in the business of film or video production services.

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Canada Media Fund

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) champions the creation of successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and industry research.

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Telefilm Canada

Telefilm Canada offers funding through the Canada Feature Film Fund and Business Development Programs.

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Astral Media - Harold Greenberg Fund

Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund/Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization that supports the development of Canadian English-language and French-language dramatic feature films. The Fund helps support story optioning, script development, equity investment and industry initiatives.

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Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

The Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund advances the Canadian broadcasting system by encouraging and funding the creation of excellent Canadian digital media, promoting partnerships and sustainable businesses in the broadcast and new media sectors, engaging in research and sharing knowledge and enhancing the national and international profiles of industry stakeholders.

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Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund

The Canadian Independent Film Video Fund (CIFVF) is a private sector funding body that supports non-theatrical film, videos and new media projects created by Canadian independent producers to enable lifelong learning. The CIFVF is unique in focusing on the non-theatrical market. A broadcast licence is not required in order to apply to the CIFVF for funding. The CIFVF assists projects that have been unable to attain the required level of broadcast licence fees to be eligible for Canadian Television Fund (CTF) or Telefilm funding. The CIFVF provides financial assistance to independent producers for the development and production of English and French language films or videos and interactive digital new media programs in a variety of subject areas using the formats of documentary, docu-drama, drama and animation to inform, educate and/or instruct.

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COGECO Program Development Fund

The COGECO Program Development Fund provides loans for the development of dramatic television series, mini-series, and movies-of-the-week. It also provides equity financing for the production of mini-series, movies-of-the-week and pilots for dramatic television series. Development loans are also available for production companies with a slate of feature films in development.

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Independent Production Fund

The Independent Production Fund (IPF) provides equity investments to encourage the production of prime-time dramatic series and dramatic children's series, produced by independent Canadian producers for private sector broadcasters, in English or French. The IPF's Special Project Grants program supports professional development activities for not-for-profit organizations that undertake training and promotional programs to further develop dramatic production skills and recognition.

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National Film Board (NFB)

The NFB Canada's public producer of artistic, inventive and socially relevant audiovisual content. They engage with a variety creators, filmmakers and other media artists, in the production of POV documentaries, auteur animation and original interactive digital content for all platforms including mobile and the Web. Learn more about the NFB's various programs.

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2019
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