CANADA-SOUTH AFRICA CO-DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE FOR TELEVISION PROJECTS GUIDELINES 2021-2022
These Guidelines are divided into seven Sections as follows:
The Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive (“the Incentive”) is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund (CMF or “Party”) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF or “Party”) (the CMF and NFVF collectively the “Parties”) to fund the co-development of eligible television projects between producers from Canada and South Africa.
The 2021-2022 Guidelines apply to a one (1) year renewed partnership signed between the Parties.
The amount available for the 2021-2022 Incentive will be CAN$195,000 (or approximately ZAR2,400,000) with CAN$97,500 (or approximately ZAR1,200,000) contributed by each of the CMF and NFVF. The Canadian and South African contributions will both take the form of a repayable advance.
To be considered for funding through the Incentive, projects must comply with both Parties’ general funding criteria, with the CMF determining eligibility for the Canadian portion of a project and NFVF determining eligibility for the South African portion of the project. Projects will be evaluated and chosen by a committee comprised of representatives from each of the CMF and NFVF through a selective process (using the Evaluation Criteria listed below). It is important for Applicants to note that eligibility to or financing through the Incentive does not guarantee the Applicant eligibility or financing for further CMF or NFVF funding in development or in production.
The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the Incentive shall be the lesser of CAN$65,000 (approximately ZAR 800,000), consisting of (a) a CMF contribution which shall be the lesser of CAN$32,500 (approximately ZAR400,000) or 75% of the Canadian portion of the development budget and (b) a NFVF contribution which shall be approximately CAN$32,500 (ZAR400,000) or 75% of the South African portion of the development budget.
The total contribution from each of the CMF and NFVF for each project will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
While the ownership, financial control and creative contributions shall be determined in the co-development agreement between the applicable international co-producers, the minimum minority co-producer share shall not be less than 20%. As a general guideline, the CMF and NFVF encourage that such elements be proportional to each country’s respective funding contributions.
A project co-developed with a third country producer is also eligible provided that the Canadian and South African producers have significant financial and creative involvement in the project (i.e., the third country producer must not own more than 15% ownership or control of the project).
Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
such Letter of Commitment is not mandatory at application stage but will be required for selected projects before any contracts are signed or funding released. The Letter of Commitment must include a Development Fee of 10% of the Canadian share of the development budget by an eligible Canadian Broadcaster.
For clarity, any of the following will be considered a “Canadian Broadcaster”:
Ineligible projects include:
Key dates for 2021-2022
Call for Projects: September 15, 2021
Deadline to apply: October 20, 2021
Decisions announced to applicants: Mid-December 2021
No additional material can be submitted after the deadline. Projects for funding will be selected according to the evaluation Criteria set out below.
1. This includes exempt broadcasters regulated by the CRTC via Broadcasting Order CRTC 2015-88.
2. This includes services accessed via a set-top box.
3. This includes services accessed via a set-top box.
Important Information and Required Documentation
Applications must include the following Administrative information:
Applications must include the following Creative information:
The Parties reserve the right to require other documentation from applicants for the completion of the assessment of the project.
Canadian Producers should submit the complete application via https://telefilm.ca/en/log-in.
South Africa producers should submit the complete application via the online NFVF portal on www.nfvf.co.za.
Projects will be evaluated by representatives of the CMF and NFVF based on the following criteria: Creative value of the project: 50 points
Track record and target audience: 30 points
Viability of the project: 20 points
Contacts for the program
For the Canada Media Fund, in Canada: For the NFVF, in South Africa:
Jill Samson Terrence Khumalo
The CMF has created an online tool to help facilitate introductions between Canadian and South African producers. If you’d like to find someone to work with on your project, please sign up here and create a profile.
Please note: These Guidelines may be changed or modified as required, without notice. Please consult the CMF website at www.cmf-fmc.ca and www.nfvf.co.za for the latest Guideline news and documentation.