In 2015-2016, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada celebrated their 10th year working together on program administration. The Services Agreement with Telefilm for the administration of CMF Program was first established in 2005-2006.
The CMF Program Administrator | Telefilm Canada (CMFPA) received 2,070 applications in 2015-2016, an increase of 4.5% over the previous year (1,981). Of the total number of applications received, 1,413 were funded, up 1% from 2014-2015. The CMFPA also reviewed final costs of more than 800 files and processed about 2,700 disbursements.
Number of applications approved in 2015-2016
|International coproduction and codevelopment incentives||-||10||10|
|Accelerator Partnership Program||-||16||16|
|Experimental Stream Total||-||130||130|
|International coproduction and codevelopment incentives||8||-||8|
|Convergent Stream Total||1,019||247||1,266|
|Corus CMF Page to Pitch Program||17||-||17|
In the Convergent and Experimental streams combined, the CMFPA team provided pre-application consulting services for more than 350 projects so that producers could verify the eligibility of their applications prior to submission.
In 2015-2016, CMFPA continued to implement a number of process improvements to efficiently manage the CMF’s funding programs. In order to optimize staffing, the CMFPA reviewed its management structure and this new work organization will be implemented as of April 1, 2016. In addition, a new file administration system was developed and will be gradually implemented over the course of the next two years, starting with deployment for the Experimental Stream in 2016.
Administrative service levels were not attained for a few programs in 2015-2016, in particular for submissions of final costs reports, mainly due to an increase in the number of projects reaching this stage and staff turnover. The turnaround time for final costs will be one of the CMFPA’s main focuses in 2016-2017. The CMF and the CMFPA continue to work closely to streamline the analysis process in an effort to improve the level of services offered to clients.
Turnaround time (days) - 2015-2016
|Experimental Stream Production||Selective Decision||-||55||-||41.1||-||13.9|
|Contract and first payment||-||30||-||14.5||-||15.5|
|Experimental Stream Development and Marketing||Selective Decision||-||55||-||45.0||-||10.0|
|Contract and first payment||-||20||-||14.5||-||5.5|
|Performance Envelope Production||Contract and first payment||30.5||30.5||26.7||29.2||3.8||1.3|
|Rough Cut/ beta Version||7||7||8.8||9.2||-1.8||-2.2|
|Not funded DM Component||-||30.5||-||15.3||-||15.2|
|Selective Programs Production||Contract and first payment||50.5||50.5||40.2||39.2||10.3||11.3|
|Rough Cut/ beta Version||7||7||3.8||3.0||3.2||4.0|
|Not funded DM Component||-||50.5||-||30.0||-||20.5|
|Development (Envelopes, Francophone Minority
Program and Aboriginal Program)
|Contract and first payment||24||24||20.3||26.5||3.7||-2.5|
|Not funded DM Component||-||24||-||8.4||-||15.6|
|Versioning||Contract and first payment||15.5||15.5||8.9||6.0||6.6||9.5|