Support for Promotion and Dissemination – Distribution Support – Section 1.3: Support for Digital Copies and Virtual Print Fees

Aide à la promotion et à la diffusion – Aide à la distribution – Volet 1.3 : Aide aux copies numériques et frais de copies virtuelles



Program Type




Type of Aid

Repayable grant

Financial Aid

$1,000 per screening copy when the release is simultaneous to the release in Montreal, $500 per screening copy when the release is within five weeks of the release in Montreal (up to $17,000 per film)


This section of the program is intended for Quebec companies holding distribution rights or the majority of distribution rights in Quebec for a given film. It seeks to encourage initiatives, put in place by distributors and producers that aim to promote and accelerate the access to Quebec films for their intended audiences in all regions of the province.


  • Companies applying to this section of the program for the first time must contact SODEC beforehand to determine their eligibility by indicating:
  • Their distribution activities over the two preceding years

  • The revenues from each film they distributed over the two preceding years

  • SODEC prioritizes films in which it has already invested during production
  • Eligible films include fiction, documentaries and animation, of short-, medium-, or feature-length, with less than 35 screening copies shown in commercial theatres
  • SODEC recovers up to 100% of its financial contribution as follows:
  • An amount equal to 40% of its contribution when ticket sales reach $350,000

  • An amount equal to 10% of its contribution for each additional sum of $50,000 in ticket sales, up to the total reimbursement of its contribution once ticket sales reach $650,000

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm the day before the release of the film at the latest; if costs for other eligible screening copies are added after this deadline, the application may be amended within five weeks of the film’s release date

Eligible Expenses

  • Virtual print fees (VPF) and costs related to creating digital copies (Digital Cinema Package – DCP) destined for theatres in the regions (that is, outside of Montreal, Laval and the agglomeration of Longueuil), up to 12 copies (when the release is simultaneous to the release in Montreal) or 10 copies (when the release is within five weeks of the release in Montreal)

Supporting Documents

  • Completed SOD@ccès online application form
  • Declaration form for the applicant company
  • A copy of a distribution license in Quebec
  • A synopsis of the film
  • Data sheet
  • A list of theatre releases, including projected revenues and Virtual Print Fees
  • A market entry plan, including:
  • A list of theatres and the total number of copies, if applicable

  • A timeline for targeted media and release dates

  • Target audience for each market, and attendance and revenue projections

  • Partnerships

  • The strategy to promote the film in Quebec

  • The steps to be taken for selection in festivals in Quebec, Canada and internationally, if applicable

  • A copy of the distribution contract or, for production companies, proof of holding a film’s distribution rights
  • Master file, including:
  • Copies of the governing documents, certificate of constitution, articles of incorporation, declaration of registration, certificate of amendment and partnership or shareholders agreement (if applicable)

  • Shareholders and directors identification form

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

  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant company’s executives

  • Financial statements