Alberta Film Development Program
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts administers a fund
devoted specifically to indigenous film makers. The Alberta Film Development
Program was set up in 1998 through the Alberta Film
office of Community Development. Its objective is to encourage the local film
industry through grants and other opportunities, with a long-term strategy of
retaining Alberta artists.
To obtain a grant from the program, the applicants must meet certain criteria; the
majority of the company must be Alberta owned and its main enterprise must be
film related. The money can go towards any sort of project including, television
series, documentaries, feature films and experimental pieces. Sports programs,
game shows, reality television, commercials and pornography are not eligible.
The company must also show proof of a broadcast license or distribution agreement
for their project.
The grant is based on 20 percent of the project's production costs, up to a
maximum of $750,000.
While filming inside Alberta is encouraged, working outside the province is
accepted as an occasional necessity.