Production Support – Section 1: Selective Aid for Feature-Length Fiction Film Production

Aide à la production – Volet 1 : Aide sélective à la production de longs métrages de fiction



Program Type



20-Jan-21; 18-Aug-21

Type of Aid


Financial Aid

65% of the Quebec-based budget, maximum amount varies by production category (see criteria)


This section of the program encourages the production of original and engaging feature-length fiction films from diverse genres that have the potential to be influential both in Quebec and abroad.


  • Available financial aid represents:
  • 65% of the Quebec-based budget for feature-length fiction productions with a total budget of less than $2.5 million

  • 65% of the Quebec-based budget for feature-length fiction productions for feature-length fiction productions with a total budget of $2.5 million or more, up to $4 million (excluding minority co-productions)

  • 65% of the Quebec-based budget for feature-length fiction minority co-productions, up to $350,000

  • This section of the program is open to Quebec production companies that produce feature-length fiction and that are judged by SODEC to possess adequate expertise
  • First-time applicants must contact SODEC at least one month before the submission deadline to determine their eligibility otherwise they will not be considered
  • Production companies with experience in a specific production format that are submitting a project in another format must contact SODEC at least one month before the submission deadline to determine their eligibility
  • Fees and salaries for which payment is deferred are subject to written agreements and generally cannot exceed 20% of the total production budget
  • A single company, including related companies, can apply for one feature-length fiction project per submission deadline, regardless of budget, or two projects if at least one of them is written or co-written by a female screenwriter or director
  • The producer as well as the director of a project must possess the relevant experience in line with the characteristics of the project being submitted and its budget
  • Applications must be accompanied by a operating strategy that takes into account the range of tools available, both digital and conventional
  • Applications must be submitted before the first day of filming
  • The company and the producer must have screened at least one feature-length fiction production, or any other audiovisual fiction work with an equivalent budget deemed relevant by SODEC, in a professional context in Quebec during the previous eight years
  • The director must have completed a feature-length fiction production exhibited in Quebec or any other audiovisual fiction work deemed relevant and with an equivalent budget; however, SODEC does reserve the right to consider other career paths of a director when determining the project’s eligibility
  • Other specific criteria vary according to the nature of the project and its budget (see documentation)
  • Eligibility for release on CAVCO-recognized broadcast platforms for fiction feature films whose theatrical release has been cancelled but cannot be rescheduled.

Eligible Expenses

  • Costs related to the completion of production; postproduction costs, if applicable

Supporting Documents

  • Completed SOD@ccès online application form
  • Contracts, agreements, acquisition of rights
  • History of chain of title

  • Rights acquisition contracts for the adaptation of a literary work (book, theatre piece, existing screenplay)

  • Screenwriting contract(s)

  • Letter(s) of agreement or contract(s) for director(s)

  • Any other contracts for acquisition of rights

  • Financial elements
  • Financial structure indicating confirmed and anticipated contributions

  • Agreements confirming financial contributions that have been obtained

  • Summary and detailed production budget indicating labour share eligible for tax credits, services, deferrals, and costs outside of Quebec

  • Declaration of costs outside of Quebec assumed by the Quebec portion of the production, completed and signed by the Quebec producer

  • Documents relating to co-productions (see documentation)
  • Documents relating to postproduction (see documentation)
  • Creative elements
  • A summary of the project presenting its central idea

  • A final copy of the screenplay

  • Character descriptions

  • Storyboarding elements and a description of the intended technique (animation only)

  • A film treatment written by the director(s)

  • Production schedule
  • Filmographies for the screenwriter(s), director(s), and producer(s)
  • The production company’s filmography
  • Prior works by the director(s) (if applicable),via submission form
  • A letter of financial commitment from an eligible distributor (required for feature-length projects with a budget of $3 million and over)
  • Operational strategy and additional information form
  • Declaration form for the applicant company
  • Master file, including:
  • A description of activities and primary achievements

  • A business plan

  • Copies of the governing documents, certificate of constitution, articles of incorporation, declaration of registration, certificate of amendment and shareholders agreement (if applicable)

  • Information on shareholders/directors

  • Organizational structures for the applicant company and, if applicable, any affiliated companies

  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant company’s executives

  • Financial statements