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August 13, 2020

August 10 FilmOntario

Insurance Update – Write Your MPP!

FilmOntario has been working with the CMPA and other organizations across the country to advocate for a national insurance solution for domestic producers. These conversations are ongoing, and promising, but in the meantime many Ontario producers have been unable to find suitable insurance so that they can start production.

We identified this as a key obstacle to a full return to work in our submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. We are currently reaching out to MPPs from all parties, as well as the provincial Cabinet, to encourage the province to support a federal initiative and, in the interim, create a reserve fund for productions that can be drawn on in lieu of private insurance. This would be similar to what the Quebec government has done for its domestic producers.

We are asking you to get involved by writing to your local (business or personal) MPP. We have created a template for your use here, and you can find information about your riding and contact information for your MPP here.

In order to demonstrate the economic impact of the delay in finding an insurance solution, we are also keeping a list of productions that have had to postpone or cancel production due to lack of insurance. If you are in this situation, and are willing to have this information shared, please let me know.

Thank you for your ongoing support on this and all other return-to-work related issues. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email clynch@filmontario.ca or phone at 416-906-5408.

Canada Media Fund Surveys on the Path to Recovery

In March 2020, representatives of the audiovisual industry partnered with Nordicity to launch two surveys (one for film and television, one for interactive digital media) to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our industries.

The CMF is now picking up on this previous research to gauge how the impact of COVID-19 continues to affect our sectors. These surveys will be continued at monthly intervals for the next six months.

Those of you who completed the first survey will have your information carried over to the next series of surveys. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the new surveys, whether or not you completed the first one. The current film and television survey is here, and the current interactive digital media survey is here.

All survey responses will be kept confidential by Nordicity on secure, Canadian-based servers. Individual responses will never be shared with the CMF or anyone else.

Federal Funding Deadlines

Telefilm and the CMF are continuing to announce deadlines and eligibility requirements for both emergency funding and other annual funding programs. A reminder that the CMF has created a COVID-19 Information Hub for Canada's Screen-Based Industries to provide information to the sector.

A list of Telefilm's recent announcements and industry advisories can also be found on their website here. The 2020-21 Development Program guidelines have just been released, which include a new stream for Racialized Persons / Visual Minorities.

News to Share?

If there are any updates or announcements you would like to share with your fellow FilmOntario members, please don't hesitate to let me know at clynch@filmontario.ca and I will include them in the next member update.

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