A number of factors are evaluated when reviewing television applications, including creative quality, financial strength and the values and benefits that it provides to the intended target audience.
The Shaw Rocket Fund is pleased to review your television application. Before you submit an application, ensure your application follows all eligibility requirements outlined in the sections below.
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The Shaw Rocket Fund Board of Directors holds three meetings each fiscal year to consider applications.
Eligible applications will be evaluated on the basis of creative quality, financial strength and the values and benefits that it provides to the intended target audience.
Preference will be given to projects that:
Shaw Rocket funding supports programs that are targeted to children, youth and families. We fund fiction and non-fiction programs including series, pilots, specials, documentaries, variety, animation, made-for-television movies and feature films in any length that is appropriate.HOW DO YOU DEFINE "TARGETED TO CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES"?
Stories for youth programming should be told from a youth's point of view in order to qualify and must be relevant to the target audience. Family programs such as documentary programs must demonstrate relevance to children either through the topic or in its presentation and must be suitable for the entire family. General audience programs will not qualify.WHAT IS THE GENERAL APPLICATION CRITERIA?
a. The program must have a binding Canadian broadcast licence.
b. It must meet at least 8 out 10 Canadian content points.
c. Principal photography or voice recording cannot commence before the deadline date unless otherwise approved by the Fund.
Applications are accepted 4 weeks prior to the deadline date up to 5:00 PM MST on the actual deadline date.HOW MUCH DOES THE FUND INVEST?
Historically, the Shaw Rocket Fund invests an average of $250,000 in 13 x 1/2 hour episode series, made-for-television movies or feature films. An investment higher than historical averages will be considered if the business plan and recoupment proposal support the request. For low budget productions, Rocket Fund investment is based on the reasonable needs of the production.ARE DEVELOPMENT ADVANCES AVAILABLE?
No. At this time the Shaw Rocket Fund only provides production equity financing.HOW ARE FUNDING DECISIONS MADE?
The Shaw Rocket Fund's independent Board of Directors meets at least 3 times annually to review applications for funding. Applications are evaluated on the basis of creative quality, financial strength of the proposal and the values and benefits that it provides to the intended target audience.DOES THE ROCKET FUND TEND TO INVEST AT THE LEVEL REQUESTED?
The Rocket Fund considers the full investment request by the Producer and if the investment is approved, it often tends to be at the level requested. If the funding request is higher than historical averages, the strength of the proposal including Shaw Rocket Fund recoupment and the demand on the Fund will help determine the level of funding. On occasion the Fund invests below the requested amount.HOW QUICKLY ARE FUNDING DECISIONS MADE AFTER THE DEADLINE?
Applicants will be notified of the final decision of their application within eight to ten weeks of the application deadline.IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS AND FUNDING THAT A PRODUCTION COMPANY CAN RECEIVE?
No. Each application is judged on its own merit. Rocket Fund will expect reasonable preferred recoupment from companies that receive multiple investments in one fiscal year.IF THE PROJECT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AT A DEADLINE, CAN WE RE-APPLY?
Funding decisions by the Shaw Rocket Fund Board are final. On occasion the Board agrees to accept a re-submission of a declined project at a later date. This is an exception.WHAT DOES AN APPROPRIATE LICENCE FEE MEAN?
The Rocket Fund does not have a minimum licence fee requirement. The Rocket Fund will consider the financing plan, the business proposal and the requirements for the production to determine if the licence fee offered is appropriate.IF THE BROADCASTER LICENCES ADDITIONAL RIGHTS, DO THESE RIGHTS HAVE TO MEET ALL OF THE OTHER RIGHTS PRINCIPLES?
Yes. The Rocket Fund will consider variations to the principles should such variation increase the potential for viewership or increase the Fund's recoupment potential.WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?
Shaw Rocket Fund is a CRTC regulated independent fund and is proudly supported by Shaw Communications, Shaw Pay-Per View a division of Shaw Cablesystems G.P., and Shaw Direct.