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News Release: GNWT improves funding for NWT filmmakers

YELLOWKNIFE (July 3, 2014) – The delivery of funding to filmmakers in the Northwest Territories has been improved to better reflect the stages through which a film is developed, thanks to revised Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) film funding contribution guidelines.

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is now providing funding for film development under the Support to Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Policy.  The funding will assist with costs associated with completing film projects in two key areas: small production and trailer/pitch production.

The existing Marketing and Promotion category has also been adjusted to provide separate dedicated funding for pitch marketing and production and services marketing.

“We have seen an exciting growth in our film industry and we want to continue to improve and adapt our programs to provide the most timely and appropriate supports for resident filmmakers,” said Minister of ITI David Ramsay. “Broadening our criteria means we will be better able to provide NWT filmmakers with the financial support they need to do what they do best.”

Through SEED, the GNWT provides $100,000 in support of NWT filmmakers annually. Improvements to the SEED funding for filmmakers were identified and designed in consultation with the NWT Film Commission, ITI regional offices and the NWT Professional Media Association.

Program improvements to the GNWT’s film funding contributions were identified in part through the ongoing process to develop an NWT film strategy and come in response to recommendations made in the NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy.


Backgrounder – GNWT Film Funding


For more information:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696