Guidelines for Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive for Television Projects 2020
These Guidelines are divided into seven Sections as follows:
- Project Eligibility
- Application Process
- Important Information and Required Documentation
- Evaluation Criteria
- Contacts for the Program
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 Parties have partnered on this Incentive for a period of 3 years (2018 to 2020). The 2020-2021 Guidelines apply to the third and last year of this current partnership.
The amount available for this year of the 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 contribution will take the form of a repayable advance while the South African contribution will take the form of a repayable contribution.
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.
Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
- Is a television project;
- Be one of the following formats – drama, documentary, and children & youth;
- Fulfil the themes, objectives of mandate and vision of both the CMF and NFVF;
- Involve at least one Canadian producer (eligible under CMF criteria) and one Qualifying producer (eligible under NFVF’s criteria);
- Comply with the rules pre-established in the Canada-South Africa Audio-visual Co-production Agreement, signed November 5, 1997;
- A project that has already received funding from CMF or NFVF in the same fiscal for the same stage of development is not eligible to the Incentive.
- The project must be supported by an eligible Canadian Broadcaster through a Letter of Commitment. However, 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”:
- A Canadian programming undertaking, public or private, licensed to operate by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC);
- An online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian CRTC-licensed programming undertaking;
- An online service owned, controlled and operated by a Canadian broadcasting distribution undertaking (“BDU”), licensed to operate by the CRTC; and
- CRTC-licensed VOD services.
Ineligible projects include:
- live recordings, TV games, talk shows, reality shows or teaching and ‘how-to’ programs to be shown directly in schools;
- documentaries promoting tourism, "making-of", reports, news and current affairs programs and "docu-soaps";
- projects including pornographic or racist material or advocating violence;
- works of a promotional nature;
- institutional productions to promote a specific organisation or its activities;
- any other genres of programming listed in section 3.2.TV.2 of the 2020-2021 CMF’s Performance Envelope Program, and any exclusion as set out in NFVF’s funding policy