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February 22, 2022

February 18 FilmOntario Update

Short Term Compensation Fund (STCF) Extended

On February 11, Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez announced that the STCF for Canadian audiovisual productions will continue to provide support to minimize the consequences of filming interruptions and the abandonment of productions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is extended until March 31, 2023.

Producers who have already applied to the STCF for a project that begins shooting before March 31, 2022 and extends beyond that date must reapply with a new application for the portion of principal photography that takes place after March 31, 2022. Producers with new projects that begin shooting on April 1, 2022 or later must apply at least10 business days prior to the commencement of shooting. Applications under the STCF will be processed on a first come, first served basis, incumbent on earliest date of start of principal photography.

All applicants should visit the STCF webpage for the updated Guidelines and the Pre-Eligibility Attestation Form prior to submitting an application.

FilmOntario was pleased to support the CMPA in their advocacy on having the STCF renewed in a timely manner. The STCF is incredibly important for domestic production: since its inception, the STCF has received over 851 applications from across 11 provinces and territories, totalling more than $527.3 million in coverage and representing over $3 billion in production volume. To date, Telefilm has signed agreements to cover 814 camera-ready projects and has helped support over 20,000 jobs.

2022 Provincial Budget Consultations

FilmOntario was pleased to make the attached submission as part of the province’s 2022 Provincial Budget Consultations.

The focus of this year’s submission was on: (1) stable, effective, and competitive tax credits; (2) a well-trained, diverse workforce; and (3) continued investment in domestic content creation and diversity.

This is the final budget before this year’s provincial election. At FilmOntario, we will continue to work with the government and all parties to communicate the importance of the film and television as an economic and cultural driver in the province. Thank you to all our members for the work you do and your ongoing support of FilmOntario.

Invitation – Black Creators in the US and Canada: Cultivating Artistic Genius

The Motion Picture Association (MPA), along with their partners — the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and the Black Screen Office (BSO) — is extending an invitation to participate in “Black Creators in the U.S. and Canada: Cultivating Artistic Genius” on Wednesday, February 23 at 3:00 pm.

In celebration of the U.S. and Canada’s shared Black History Month, and in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the MPA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program, this discussion will explore the intersectionality of Black Americans and Canadians working toward a more inclusive global film, television, and streaming industry.

John Gibson, Vice President, External and Multicultural Affairs, will moderate the conversation featuring: Joan Jenkinson, Executive Director, Black Screen Office , and Gil Robertson, Co-Founder and President, African American Film Critics Association. The event will feature remarks from Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion.

Introductions will be provided by MPA Chairman and CEO, Charles Rivkin and MPA Canada’s President, Wendy Noss. Click Here to RSVP

Being Seen Report

Congratulations to the Black Screen Office (BSO) on the release of the Being Seen: Directives for Creating Authentic and Inclusive Content report last week. The report, which included consultations with over 400 industry workers and members of the public, who identify as Black, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or People with Disabilities, provides clear guidelines for industry leaders to meaningfully engage these underrepresented groups.

This is the first of six Being Seen reports that will be issued by the BSO. It highlights common themes such as one-dimensional onscreen portrayals , the importance of authentic casting, the intersectionality of identities, regional challenges, and the impact of poor or missing representation on Canadian audiences. Future reports, to be released throughout the spring, will provide deeper explorations of the unique experiences of specific underrepresented groups.

A panel discussion about the report took place during CMPA’s Prime Time, and is still available for viewing here (free registration required).

We encourage all members to check out and make use of this new resource for the industry.

Industry Deadlines

February 25 - Registration Deadline for Telefilm Canada entries by Canadian production and distribution companies wishing to join the Canada Pavilion and physically attend MIPTV 2022. Complete information can be found here.

March 15 – Application Deadline for the Ontario Creates Business Intelligence Program. This program offers financial support to incorporated not-for-profit industry organizations undertaking business intelligence initiatives aimed at gathering, formulating and disseminating business intelligence relevant to the growth of one or more content creating sectors in Ontario.

March 17
– First deadline this year for the Ontario Creates Film Fund – Production. The Film Fund provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects with development and production financing. Information sessions will be held on February 23 and March 2. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the updated guidelines and attend the information sessions.

Reminders for Members

Don’t forget to send Cynthia a copy of your logo or photo that represents your company to be featured in our member directory on the new website.

The Filming Is Good Business Campaign has started, with a new business featured every week on the FilmOntario Twitter feed. If you have a favourite location or business that you think should be highlighted in this campaign, it’s not too late to let me know!

Ontario Green Screen is asking producers and decision-makers to sign our EV/Hybrid vehicle pledge, intended to demonstrate to rental companies that there is significant interest from the industry in switching to electric and hybrid vehicles and encouraging them to increase their supply. Please take a moment to review and sign the pledge today.

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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