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IMPORTANT NOTICE as of April 1st, 2019: New revised guidelines for applicants of the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund

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Make your next film in Nova Scotia

To be eligible for the Fund, you must have a permanent establishment in the province and be engaged primarily in the creation of film/video productions for public viewing.

The Fund is available for projects with a Nova Scotia spend of at least $25,000 (before HST). 

Eligibility & funding levels

There are two categories based on the percentage of ownership. Please review the Guidelines for eligibility and incentives before submitting your application.

Stream I:

  • Between 50 - 100% Nova Scotian ownership and control of production
  • A minimum of 50% Nova Scotians must be employed in Head of Department positions or acceptable combination (see Guidelines)
  • Receive a base amount of 26% of all eligible Nova Scotia costs
  • For shoots where greater than 51% of the principal photography is in a rural/non-metropolitan area, you will receive 2% additional funding
  • For shoots of more than 30 days in Nova Scotia, you will receive 1% additional funding

Stream II:

  • Less than 50% Nova Scotian ownership or control of production
  • A minimum of 50% Nova Scotians must be employed in Head of Department positions or acceptable combination (see Guidelines)
  • Receive a base amount of 25% of all eligible Nova Scotia Costs
  • For shoots where greater than 51% of the principal photography is in a rural/non-metropolitan area, you can receive 2% additional funding
  • For shoots of more than 30 days in Nova Scotia, you will receive 1% additional funding

For both streams, you can receive up to 3% additional funding if your production meets the criteria for the Nova Scotia Content Incentive. Please see the Guidelines for criteria.

How to apply:

The application and all submission materials must be received prior to the commencement of principal photography.

  • Download the Guidelines, Application Submission Checklist, and Eligible Nova Scotia Costs Worksheet for reference during the application process.
  • When you apply online you will be taken from the NSBI website to Nova Scotia's online service for business.
  • Log in to your existing account or sign up and create an account. 
  • The form will appear in the “Top Tasks” list on the homepage once you log in.  You can also search for the form called, "Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund" in the Licenses, Permits and Applications section.
  • Complete the form online, upload all submission materials, and pay the non-refundable application charge of $287.50 (including HST) (see Guidelines for Application Fee details).  
  • During the application process, you can save and continue your application at a later date.
  • You will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the online application form. Incomplete submissions will be returned.

Apply Online

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Application Reference Material