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New Yukon media funds

The Government of Yukon has announced new funding programs to support the territory’s filmmakers. These programs provide economic benefits and employment opportunities for Yukoners. The new programs include the Yukon:

  • Predevelopment Fund;
  • Development Fund;
  • Media Production Fund; and
  • Training Fund.

The revamped funds incorporate feedback we received from the film industry during public engagements. The new media funds replace the previous film funds, including the:

  • Film Location Incentive;
  • Film Training Initiative;
  • Filmmakers Fund;
  • Film Development Fund; and
  • Film Production Fund.


Highlights

  • We increased the annual budget of the programs by $500,000. The old budget was $660,000 and the new budget is $1,160,000.
  • As requested by industry, we introduced business guidelines. These provide transparency in program administration from application to final reporting.
  • We removed the requirement for a financial commitment from a broadcaster, distributor or online platform.
  • The changes to the media funding programs align with major film, television and digital media funding agencies across Canada.
  • Many of the changes respond to specific requests from the industry and will make the programs more accessible.
  • These changes will increase employment opportunities for Yukoners in higher skilled, better paying and more creative roles in the Yukon's media production sector.


Learn about the new funds

Predevelopment Fund

If you're a Yukon producer, this fund can help you develop your idea for a professional film, television program or digital media project. You can receive funding to help attract commitments from broadcasters, distributors or online platforms for further development or production. 

You can receive up to 75 per cent of the eligible costs in your predevelopment budget, up to a maximum of $15,000.

Learn more about the Predevelopment Fund.

Development Fund

If you have a distribution commitment from a broadcaster, distributor or online platform, this fund can provide funding for your professional film, television program or digital media project. You must demonstrate market demand for the project in the form of a licence agreement or a letter of interest.

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

Learn more about the Development Fund.

Media Production Fund

This fund can provide you with funding to produce a professional film, television program or digital media project. You must demonstrate market demand for the project in the form of a licence agreement or a letter of interest. You must have a minimum of 3 Yukoners in key positions.

You can receive a minimum rebate of 25 per cent of your approved Yukon spend. The 25 per cent rebate increases if the project has Yukon ownership or if you have additional Yukon residents in key positions. The maximum potential rebate is 40 per cent of Yukon spend.

Learn more about the Media Production Fund.

Training Fund

Yukon residents

If you're a Yukon producer or technician and you want to develop your skills to create films, television programs and digital content, then you can apply to this fund.

You can apply for funding for training in:

  • developing;
  • producing;
  • post-producing; and
  • marketing.

You can receive funding equal to 75 per cent of your approved cash expenses, up to a maximum of $10,000. No more than 50 per cent of your total budget can be travel costs.

 

Yukon non-profit organizations

A Yukon non-profit organization can apply for funding to offer training programs to Yukoners. The programs must increase opportunities for Yukoners to work in the film, television and digital production industries. 

An organization can receive 75 per cent of its approved cash expenses, up to a maximum of $25,000. No more than 50 per cent of the total budget can be travel costs.

 

Learn more about the Training Fund.



Important dates

Predevelopment Fund

  • Program policy and application available online: January 28, 2022
  • Intake date for applications: starting May 2, 2022

Development Fund

Media Production Fund

Training Fund

  • Program policy and application available online: January 28, 2022
  • Intake date for applications: starting May 16, 2022

Business guidelines

The document is now available online. Read the business guidelines.



Information sessions

We'll be hosting a series of virtual industry information sessions on each of the new funds. Email reel.yukon@yukon.ca to register for any of the information sessions.

Predevelopment Fund

  • Information session #1: January 21, 2022 at 11 a.m.
  • Information session #2: January 28, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Development Fund

  • Information session #1: January 20, 2022 at 11 a.m.
  • Information session #2: January 27, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Media Production Fund

  • Information session #1: January 18, 2022 at 11 a.m.
  • Information session #2: January 25, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Training Fund

  • Information session #1: January 21, 2022 at 2 p.m.
  • Information session #2: January 28, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Business guidelines

  • Information session #1: January 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.
  • Information session #2: January 26, 2022 at 2 p.m.

In-person session

The in-person information session scheduled for February 1 in Dawson City is cancelled. The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health is recommending that travel between communities, and from communities to Whitehorse, be avoided until further notice. Email reel.yukon@yukon.ca or phone 867-667-5387 to sign up for an online information session.



Contact

If you have questions about the media funds email reel.yukon@yukon.ca or phone 867-667-5387 or toll free in the Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5387.

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