Think Big - The Ontario Creates Film Fund

Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

In 2018, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) featured 9 productions funded by  Ontario Creates .

In 2018, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) featured 9 productions funded by Ontario Creates.

The Ontario Creates Film Fund is intended to increase the level of domestic feature film production in Ontario. It provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects with development and production financing.

Production includes two streams: drama and documentary. There are separate applications for each stream.

Funding for dramatic features will be capped on a tiered basis according to Ontario spend (labour and non-labour):

Ontario Spend  Maximum Request

$5M and up  $400,000

$3M to $4.999M $300,000

$1M to $2.999M $250,000

Domestic drama (including animation) must have a budget between $1 million and $8 million (exceptions for larger budgets can be made on a case-by-case basis). International coproduction drama must have a minimum budget of $1 million. 

Funding for documentary films at all budget levels is capped at $150,000. Documentary must have a minimum budget of $600,000.

The Ontario Creates Film Fund Production stream (Drama and Documentary) will offer enhanced support for films with diverse elements.

Specifically, support for diverse projects via the Film Fund Production stream will:

  • Strengthen our relations with Indigenous communities and work toward reconciliation;  

  • Connect people and communities by sharing and celebrating our diverse heritage and cultures; 

  • Make Ontario a culture leader at home and internationally; and

  • Strengthen Ontario’s culture workforce

Dramatic films with diverse elements must have a minimum budget of $750,000. Documentaries must have a minimum budget of $500,000.

Applicants must submit their application to Ontario Creates electronically through the Online Application Portal (OAP):

Program Deadlines 2019/2020:

CYCLE 1: March 4, 2019
CYCLE 2: July 4, 2019
CYCLE 3: October 30, 2019

Applications that pass the initial review will be assessed by an industry jury and Ontario Creates for final funding recommendations.

Decisions are expected to be announced in June 2019 for Cycle 1, October 2019 for Cycle 2 and February 2020 for Cycle 3. 

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The Independent Film Connection of London Ontario (IFCLO) is a non-profit organization created with the purpose of supporting local filmmakers.

Acting as a year-round resource centre for the local filmmaking community, the IFCLO is run exclusively by volunteers who have a passion for film.

The organization's major initiative in 2019 is the Connect and Create program, a series of events created with the purpose of fostering collaboration and connecting London filmmakers with potential funders.

Monica Ulici, IFCLO