Q: Why do I need a formal completion bond, deferral, or escrow arrangement?
A: This ensures funds are available to cover unforeseen production or post-production expenses which could prevent the successful delivery of your project to the broadcaster.
Q: Do TVOntario and Knowledge Network qualify for the Rogers Documentary Fund?
A: Yes, if you have also sold the production to another Canadian broadcaster (regional or national).
Q: What is the difference between "anticipated financial scenario" and "final financing scenario"?
A: "Anticipated financial scenario" is how you intend to finance your project, outlining your potential funders. Once all the parties have committed, you may submit your "final financing scenario."
Q: What is a fair market value license fee?
A: The license fee you receive from your broadcaster should be in line with what the broadcaster would normally pay for a similar project – given length, budget, and other factors.
Q: Can I apply with a Letter of Intent in order to meet the deadline, stating that the commitment letter is to follow?
A: Your broadcast commitment is an essential requirement for access to our funds. Your license commitment (a letter) must accompany your application.
Q: Can an application be postmarked by the application deadline or must it be received by Rogers on the deadline?
A: Applications must be received in our office by 5pm on the deadline date.
Q: Why does the Rogers Documentary Fund only accept limited series up to five episodes?
A: The fund was designed for single or POV documentaries, rather than series. Limited series allow us to stay within our mandate.
Q: Why do I need a legal opinion on the "chain of title" for my documentary?
A: We must ensure that the producer has all necessary rights to produce and market the documentary.
Q: Does Rogers Telefund finance tax credits?
A: Rogers Telefund will consider banking tax credits under certain circumstances. We must have a working relationship with a producer and/or production company, and require a "tax credit history" (a list of recent federal and provincial tax filings).
Q: Can Rogers Telefund estimate the legal fees that will be charged to the borrower in order to set up an interim loan?
A: The legal fees incurred by a borrower relate directly to the availability of final documentation as well as the size of the loan and how many contracts are being financed. It's not possible for us to determine what your legal fees will be.
Q: Where can I go to get development funding?
A: All broadcasters and the Canada Media Fund have development funding available.