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Stream-Specific Questions

What is the difference between the Audiovisual and Partnership Streams?

The Audiovisual Stream is for audiovisual programs with a focus on the Canadian audience, discoverability and market. The Partnership Stream is for audiovisual programs with a focus on a global audience and discoverability, with priority on recoupment for the Rocket Fund. A program might work for both; however, in order for the program to begin the proposal process for the Partnership Stream, it must meet the criteria as outlined in the Guidelines. Learn more here.

The Audiovisual Stream application deadline date doesn’t work for my timeline. Can I apply through the Partnership Stream?

The project needs to meet all of the required criteria as outlined in the Guidelines in order to apply through the Partnership Stream. This proposal process is much more in-depth and requires significant correspondence between the Rocket Fund and producer before the project can potentially be presented to the Rocket Fund Board for review. The deadline date should not be the deciding factor in whether you begin the Partnership Stream proposal process.

My project has an international co-producer/distributor attached. Does that mean we should apply through the Partnership Stream?

Not necessarily. International co-productions and projects with an international distributor are eligible to apply through either the Partnership or Audiovisual Stream. However, in order to meet the criteria for Partnership, the program needs to have a strong strategic partner that will help create and deliver on the global reach and business plan. Not all international co-producers or distributors necessarily fulfill this requirement.

If my project does not meet the criteria for the Partnership Stream, can I apply through the Audiovisual Stream?

Yes, as long as the project meets all eligibility requirements for the Audiovisual Stream. The next deadline can be found here.

I want to apply for funding for my web series. Do I apply through the Audiovisual or Digital Stream?

As an audiovisual production, the web series application should come through the Audiovisual Stream. The Digital Stream is reserved for the non-programming interactive digital content that is associated with your audiovisual production (i.e. an interactive website, online game or app).

I would like to apply to the Rocket Fund for additional support for social media content to help promote my audiovisual production. Do I apply through the Audiovisual Stream or Digital Stream?

Our Digital Stream is specifically for non-programming interactive digital content, which includes things like interactive websites, games, apps, augmented reality and virtual reality applications. Social media and non-interactive websites are considered part of discoverability / audience development. We do entertain additional investments to support discoverability / audience development, and generally include this as an additional investment in the Audiovisual program. Please contact the Rocket Fund to discuss how best to apply for this additional support.

My digital content (interactive games) is included in my overall audiovisual budget under line 85. Is that okay, or do I need to separate/apply for the digital content separately?

The Rocket Fund accepts Audiovisual budgets that include digital content, as this is becoming industry standard for certain broadcasters and funders. No separate application is required.

Does my digital content need to be financed by Rocket Fund in order to be eligible for ROSP?

No. All Canadian digital content for kids can apply for kidSAFE Seal certification, courtesy of the Shaw Rocket Fund until December 31, 2021, provided all eligibility criteria are met. You can find the full eligibility criteria here.

Does my audiovisual content need to be kidSAFE Seal certified?

No. kidSAFE Seal certification is specifically for digital content.

What does “safe for kids” mean for my digital content?

There are three areas of compliance to consider when it comes to protecting children online:

1) Online Safety – protecting the child from inappropriate content and unsafe social interactions;
2) Data Privacy – responsibly collecting, using, and sharing a child’s personal information; and
3) Cyber Security – safeguarding the integrity of personal data collected from children.

If you’re unsure if your digital content is safe for kids, apply to ROSP to be connected with a member of the kidSAFE Seal team who will review your content.

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