The Diversity Film Fund was a three-year program, launched in 2017-18, offering enhancements to financial support provided through Ontario Creates' Film Fund.
The purpose of the funding enhancement was to incent the development and production of diverse film content in both drama and documentary, with an additional goal of increasing employment for traditionally underrepresented and diverse creators working in the film sector.
The enhancement used the provincial definition of diversity:
* Diversity refers to the presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within a group, organization, or society. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion (Creed), sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
In order to reduce barriers to entry, the diversity enhancement was designed with lower entry thresholds for Film Fund applicants, to allow funding levels above the normal program caps, and with modified evaluation criteria to reflect the diverse elements of projects applying.
In 2018-19, Ontario Creates extended the scope of the Diversity Fund to include projects funded through its Industry Development Program, a program that supports activities in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors that expand skills, business capacity, market share, sales, and innovation.
Film Fund Diversity Enhancement - Number of Successful Applicants: 20 [11 production, 9 development]
Industry Development Program Diversity Enhancement - Number of Successful Applicants: N/A
Film Fund Diversity Enhancement - Number of Successful Applicants: 27 [18 production,9 development]
Industry Development Program Diversity Enhancement - Number of Successful Applicants: 13
2019-20 (Q1&Q2 only)
Film Fund Diversity Enhancement - Number of Successful Applicants: 10 [5 production, 5 development]
Industry Development Program Diversity Enhancement - Number of Successful Applicants: 23
o In 2019-20, Ontario Creates is supporting the feature film Night Raiders, an international co-production and a recipient of the Film Fund diversity enhancement, to create mentorship opportunities on their set for Indigenous filmmakers across all facets of the production.
Four of the 10 Film Fund-supported films shown at TIFF 2019 received diversity enhancement support.
USD 3.3 million (CAD $4.5 million or CAD $1.5 million per year in each of 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20)
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Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries