Programs funded by the Shaw Rocket Fund all have one thing in common: they provide high-quality viewing material for Canadian audiences. Before submitting your application, please ensure your program meets all requirements outlined below.
Eligibility & Guidelines
- Must be targeted at a children’s, youth or family audience. Shaw Rocket Fund investment is intended to support programs that are primarily targeted for children.
- Fiction and non-fiction, including series, pilots, one-offs, documentaries, variety, animation and made-for television movies and feature films are eligible. Programming in the categories of News, Reporting and Actualities or Sports are not eligible.
- Must have a binding commitment with an appropriate licence fee from an Eligible Canadian broadcaster that meets the Rocket Fund’s Broadcaster Eligibility and Broadcaster Rights requirements.
- Additional broadcaster rights, if any, must comply with the Rocket Fund’s Broadcast Rights Principles.
- Must meet a minimum of 8 out of 10 Canadian content certification points. Official treaty co-productions qualify.
- Commencement of principal photography or voice recording cannot occur before the deadline date.
- For industry standard investment proposals, the Shaw Rocket Fund‘s historical investment averages: $250,000 for 13 x 1/2 hour episode series, up to $500,000 in 26 x 1/2 hour episode series and $250,000 for made-for-television movies or feature films.
- A higher investment may be considered if the investment proposal demonstrates above average creative and offers high recoupment potential for the Shaw Rocket Fund.
- For low budget productions, Rocket Fund investment is based on the reasonable needs of the production.
Preference will be given to projects that:
- demonstrate high quality creative content;
- promote positive role-modeling;
- have innovative digital media components (i.e. website, apps, webisodes, games, etc.);
- are original and have the potential for a long shelf life;
- demonstrate favourable recoupment potential for the Fund;
- provide cross-cultural representation; and
- provide closed captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired or audio description for the visually impaired.