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April 18, 2022

April 14 FilmOntario Update

Congratulations on a Record-Setting Year

The City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario have both announced record-setting production numbers for the 2021 calendar year.

Thanks to all of your hard work, there was $2.88 billion in direct production spending in 2021. This represents a total of 394 film and television productions – generating over 48,000 jobs.

In announcing the provincial numbers, Minister MacLeod made special note of the fact that it was our industry’s high standards for health and safety protocols which made this level of production possible. So once again thank you to everyone who played a part in developing and upholding those protocols. Working together, we can continue to build on this incredible success.

Research Study: Fade to Black: Black Canadians in the Canadian Screen Industries

The Black Screen Office (BSO) is in the final weeks of their new research study Fade to Black: Black Canadians in the Canadian Screen Industries!

This is the first large-scale study to centre the experiences of Black producers, creators, actors and crew/tech in the Canadian Screen Industries. Until now, Black producers, writers, directors, actors and tech/crew have been largely absent from screen industry data and narratives, making it difficult to bring practical awareness to issues of anti-Black racism, exclusionary practices, and other barriers to access shaping the sector.

The findings from this study will directly contribute to evidence-based recommendations for creatives, employers, and the industry as a whole to create long-term, sustainable system change.

If applicable, please consider completing the survey for yourself, and then sharing it with your network. It’s essential that this study includes as many voices as possible.

The anonymous and confidential online survey takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. You can access it here: https://bit.ly/BSOFadetoBlack

Please complete the survey by April 29 to ensure your experiences are part of this critical study.

City of Toronto Rapid Tests Available Again

The Toronto Region Board of Trade has indicated that they once again have rapid tests in stock and are resuming the distribution of free rapid screening tests to small- and medium-sized businesses in Toronto. To learn more about the program and order tests, please visit their website. These tests are available free of charge to businesses with fewer than 150 employees located in the City of Toronto.

If your business is located outside the City of Toronto, you may be eligible for a similar program through the local Chamber of Commerce. If your business is more than 150 people, you can check your eligibility for the program directly through the Government of Ontario portal.

In Theatres This Weekend: Kicking Blood

The made-in-Ontario feature film Kicking Blood, produced by FilmOntario member New Real Films, is opening in theatres tomorrow!

Multiple screenings daily begin on Friday, April 15 at the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre located at 259 Richmond Street in Toronto.

There will be a Q&A with the New Real team following the 7:10 pm screening on Friday April 15. Get your tickets here: https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/kicking-blood and see you at the movies!

Are You Ready for the Provincial Election?

There will be a provincial election no later than June 2, 2022. Stay tuned to the FilmOntario website as we roll out information on the party platforms over the next few weeks.

To make sure you are eligible to vote, and/or to update your voting information, be sure to visit the Elections Ontario website. While there you can also download the Elections Ontario app, request a mail-in ballot (starting May 4), and find out everything you need to know about the upcoming election.

Industry Deadlines

April 25 – Application deadline for the Ontario Creates IDM Fund: Global Market Development. This program provides eligible Ontario companies with funding to participate in international activities that support company growth and produce measurable business and market development results. Primary activities supported include targeted sales trips and attendance at international market events.

April 26 – Application deadline for the Ontario Creates Global Market Development Fund: Film and Television. This program provides eligible Ontario companies with funding to participate in international activities that support company growth. The primary activities supported include targeted sales trips and attendance at international market events.

November 30 – Applications for the Ontario Creates Film Fund – Development will be accepted on a continuous basis until this date. This program is intended to support development activities that lead to the increase of domestic feature film production in Ontario, for all stages of development activities. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 27.

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 is well underway, featuring local businesses who have benefitted from local production 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!

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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