Apply for development funds for your professional film, television or digital media project

  • About the Development Fund
  • Who can apply?
  • What projects are eligible?
  • Eligible development costs
  • How to apply

  1. About the Development Fund

    The Development Fund provides funding for a:

    • professional film;
    • television program; or
    • digital media project.

     

    You must:

    • have a distribution commitment from a broadcaster, distributor or online platform; and
    • demonstrate market demand for the project in the form of a licence agreement or a letter of interest.

    How much funding is available?

    You can receive up to 50 per cent of the costs in your development budget, up to a maximum of $40,000.

    Application deadline

    We'll accept applications starting April 19, 2022. If we receive multiple complete applications within 10 business days of the opening date, we'll prioritize them based on evaluation criteria in the business guidelines.

    The program is closed for the year once we've distributed all the available funds.

    You can only receive funding from the Development Fund once per project.


  2. Who can apply?

    Eligible production companies

    To be eligible, your production company must:

    • be incorporated in the Yukon;
    • be registered to conduct business in the Yukon;
    • be in good standing with Government of Yukon Corporate Affairs;
    • be majority owned by Yukon residents;
    • have a Yukon business address;
    • be a production company primarily in the business of developing and producing professional media content;
    • be a for-profit company under Canada’s Income Tax Act;
    • have the rights to produce and exploit the project;
    • maintain a financial stake in the project; and
    • have a Yukon resident as the producer, including responsibility and control over:
      • the project’s development;
      • the creative, artistic, technical and financial aspects of the project;
      • the selection, hiring and firing of the key artists and creative personnel involved in the project;
      • all expenditures and budget overages related to the project;
      • the project bank accounts; and
      • the negotiation of initial agreements.

    Ineligible companies

    Your production company must not be:

    • in the business of broadcasting or distributing content;
    • related to someone in the business of broadcasting or distributing content; or
    • in default with Government of Yukon.

    Co-productions

    A Yukon production company in co-production with a non-Yukon production company can apply for the Development Fund.

    If the Yukon production company owns less than 51 per cent of the project, the maximum funding amount is reduced proportionately.

    A Yukon production company must have a share of ownership and producer functions that is at least equal to the share of funding provided by the Government of Yukon.


  3. What projects are eligible?

    The project must be a professional film, television program or digital media project with an economic benefit to the Yukon.

    What projects are not eligible?

    The program does not provide funding for:

    • interactive content not eligible for licensing;
    • user-generated, non-professional videos by amateurs without formal training or experience;
    • news;
    • current events;
    • public affairs programming;
    • weather reports;
    • market reports;
    • sports events or activities;
    • gala presentation or an awards show;
    • a production that solicits funds;
    • pornography;
    • advertising, including commercials and infomercials;
    • a production produced primarily for industrial, corporate or institutional purposes;
    • a production mainly consisting of stock footage, other than a documentary; and
    • the production of a game, questionnaire or contest, other than a production directed at minors.

  4. Eligible development costs

    The costs eligible for funding are:

    • predevelopment costs not funded under the Predevelopment Fund;
    • research directly related to the project;
    • option fees or acquisition of rights fees;
    • scriptwriting;
    • script workshops;
    • developing a production budget and financing;
    • marketplace research to determine potential audience;
    • focus groups;
    • short non-broadcast demos and a pilot episode;
    • producer fees and corporate overhead;
    • arm’s-length legal costs; and
    • third-party preparation of the production budget breakdown.

     

    Eligible preproduction costs for returning series also include:

    • cast retention;
    • set retention;
    • travel costs related to getting international pre-sales; and
    • showrunner fees.

     

    Costs you incur more than 12 months before the funding agreement are not eligible, with limited exceptions.


  5. How to apply

    Before you apply

    Letters of commitment

    In addition to funding, you can apply for letters of commitment known as "comfort letters”. You must show that at least 30 per cent of your funding is in place, not including the amount you requested from the Development Fund. A letter of commitment expires 4 months from the date we issue it.

    What you need to apply

    You must submit:

    • a completed and signed application form;
    • a summary of the project;
    • any existing creative materials;
    • a description of activities and deliverables you will be completing during the development stage;
    • a description of the production company, including:
      • the structure and ownership;
      • the names and addresses of shareholders; and
      • incorporation documents.
    • co-production agreement verification, if applicable;
    • an overview of all the personnel involved in the project, including the positions that will be filled by Yukon residents;
    • a residency declaration for each Yukon resident;
    • your development budget identifying the proposed Yukon spend;
    • a letter of commitment, licence agreement or deal memo from a broadcaster, distributor or online platform;
    • your financing plan for development, including letters of commitment for 100 per cent of the development budget, including Media Development’s funding contribution, detailing:
      • the terms;
      • conditions;
      • value of the contributions from financial sources; and
    • other documents requested by Media Development.

    Application intake

    We will accept applications starting on April 19, 2022.

    How to apply to the Yukon Development Fund

    1. Download and complete the application form.
    2. Submit the application form and all required documentation.
      In person: 303 Alexander Street, 2nd floor, in Whitehorse
      Our office is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Email: reel.yukon@yukon.ca (only if your files are under 10 MB in total)
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Media Development (F-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Contact 

If you have questions about the Development Fund email reel.yukon@yukon.ca or phone 867-667-5400 or toll free in the Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5400.