The Government of the Northwest Territories has released a new five-year strategy to guide initiatives and investments in support of the NWT's film and media sector. Rolling, Action! The Next 5 Years: NWT Film and Media Sector Strategy and Action Plan (2021-2026) Rolling, Action! outlines 15 actions and investments in three focus areas:
- Managing and improving our programming;
- Showcasing and promoting our film and media sector; and,
- Developing skills and collaborating.
These focus areas and actions are designed to achieve identified short and medium-term outcomes on the way to establishing the NWT’s film and media sector as a distinct contributor to diversifying the NWT economy.
The Northwest Territories Film Commission (NWTFC), in consultation with the NWT Professional Media Association (NWTPMA), completed a number of engagement methods to gather input from individuals, organizations and communities engaged in the NWT film and media sector to inform the development of Rolling, Action! which were compiled into the 2020 NWT Film and Media Sector Stakeholder Engagement Report.
NWT PRODUCER INCENTIVE PILOT PROGRAM
This new pilot program supports NWT producers at the pre-development and development stages developing professional quality commercial projects to the point that they can be presented to broadcasters and other financiers.
- Pre-Development: up to $10,000 for expenses such as: Producer, script writer, or script editor fees, option fees or acquisition of rights, production of pitching materials etc.
- Development: up to $25,000 for expenses such as: Location scouting, development of marketing plan and budget, operational overhead etc.
NWT FILM AND MEDIA SECTOR FUNDING SCHEDULE
Self-employed film producers in the NWT are eligible to apply for funding as entrepreneurs under the GNWT’s Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program.
- Film Development: Up to $5,000 a year to cover small production, trailer or pitch production costs.
- Marketing and Promotion: up to $15,000 a year to cover promoting costs.
- Sponsorship: Up to $20,000 a year to support commercial media productions.
- Special Partnerships: Up to $25,000 a year to support stakeholder partnerships.
The NWT Arts Council also provides recommendations to the Minister of Education Culture and Employment annually on its arts funding. A Guide to GNWT Arts Funding Programs offers more details on government support.
Harold Greenberg Fund/Territorial Shorts Program:
The Harold Greenberg Fund, Yukon Media Development, Northwest Territories Film Commission and Nunavut Film Development Corporation present the ‘HGF/Territories Shorts Program’. A financing initiative designed to bolster the emerging talent in the three Canadian territories, this program offers 3 emerging filmmaking teams (one from each territory) $20,000 each to make dramatic short films aimed at showcasing new creative visions and further their careers toward feature filmmaking. Deadline: December 4, 2020. For more information go here: https://www.bellmedia.ca/harold-greenberg-fund/shorts-features-program/
The NWT Film Suppliers Guide is a resource that the NWT Film Commission uses to promote local professionals, businesses and organizations based in the NWT that provide products and services to film productions filming on location in the NWT. To join our Suppliers Guide, simply fill out a registration form.
The Locations Library is our online image gallery of areas across NWT to help you scout the location for your next project.
Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) is a non-profit arts organization with a mission is to produce, support, showcase and promote film, video, and digital media throughout the NWT. WAMP hosts technical workshops and programming throughout the year and are the presenters of the annual Yellowknife International Film Festival. WAMP also manages an inventory of gear and equipment available for members to rent.
The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association (NWTPMA) is made up of industry professionals who work in the film, television and media industries within the NWT with a mandate to create a sustainable media industry that generates economy in the NWT.
NWTPMA Film Apprenticeship Program
The NWTPMA is pleased to partner with the Government of the Northwest Territories to offer film professionals in the NWT the opportunity to be able to hone their craft while working on large-scale productions both inside the NWT and across Canada.
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