Storytelling Development Fund

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The Storytelling Development Fund is available for scriptwriting costs required for film, TV and screen-based projects. A registered Prince Edward Island Production Company can receive up to 50% of project costs through the fund. The department’s contribution will not exceed 50% of eligible costs and normally not exceed a maximum of $5,000.

    Who is eligible for film funding?

    Eligible applicants are Prince Edward Island producers and/or production companies.

    New project submissions from an applicant in default on any reporting, project completion or financial obligation to Innovation PEI will not be reviewed until a resolution to the default is reached.

      What projects are eligible for funding?

      The "Fund" will give priority to applications that demonstrate how the project achieves the following objectives:

      • Supports the creation and development of film, TV and screen-based script projects by Prince Edward Island filmmakers.
      • Strengthens the film, TV and screen-based industry by developing new Prince Edward Island filmmakers, writers, and producers.
      • Provides for inclusion and gender parity.

      Projects must have all of the following: 

      • a Prince Edward Island producer whose production company is registered in PEI; and
      • a Prince Edward Island writer (who has maintained their primary residence in PEI for at least 12 months prior to the application submission date)

      Eligible Expenses:

      • option fees for literary material;
      • writer and producer fees; and
      • research or travel expenses.

      Ineligible Expenses:

      • Non-scriptwriting-related travel expenses;
      • living expenses; and
      • ongoing annual operational expenses.

      Ineligible projects include:

      • news, current events or public affairs programming;
      • talk shows; sports events or activities;
      • reality tv;
      • pornography/adult entertainment;
      • advertising;
      • console or online video games;
      • software programming platforms; and
      • video distribution platforms.

      What is the level of assistance available? 

      A registered Prince Edward Island Production Company can receive up to 50% of project costs through the fund. The department’s contribution will not exceed 50% of eligible costs and normally not exceed a maximum of $5,000.

      What criteria are used to evaluate funding applications?

      Funding recipients must meet the following conditions:

      • If the project is not undertaken after payment of the grant has been made, the recipient must return the funds to the department.
      • Non-repayable contributions must be used for the activity as described in the application.
      • The department must be notified in advance of any changes in the activity, including start and end dates, location, or any other significant changes.

      Innovation PEI reserves the right to deny a grant application or request for payment if it suspects or detects fraudulent intent.

      What process will be followed to assess the applications?

      Applicants will be informed of funding decisions within 60 days of the application deadline.

      Applicants who are approved for funding will receive a letter outlining the terms and conditions of funding.

      Overdue Reports: If you have received funding through any of Innovation PEI’s Cultural Development Division project funding programs for which the Final Report is overdue, no funds can be released for any subsequent grant approved through the division until the overdue report has been received.

        How do I apply?

        Complete and submit a separate proposal for each project.

        In your proposal, carefully consider and clearly outline your responses to the following questions:

        • What is your project?
          • What work needs to be done (the effort) and how and when will it be carried out?
        • Who is involved?
          • Who are the partners or collaborators?
          • What does each contribute to the project’s success?
        • How much do you need?
          • What funding is required?
          • What are other partners contributing?

        Submit your proposal and detailed industry-standard budget via email only.  All information provided by applicants will be treated as confidential. 

        Who do I contact for more information?

        Contact Meaghan Brander to discuss the project and the application requirements before applying. 
        Meaghan Brander
        (902) 213-6780

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