The ESIO can invest in your screen media project or venture, assist with location scouting costs, furnish location rebates and contribute to marketing/consulting expenses.

Edmonton Screen Media Fund

A flexible fund with an investment-oriented perspective, no deadlines and the potential to contribute at any stage of your project or venture.

Key highlights
  • Invests in audiovisual and interactive digital media formats
  • Invests in projects or ventures
  • Equity investments
  • Available to local or guest enterprises
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Early Stage Project Grants

The Early Stage Project Grants are a special program providing micro grants to assist with third-party costs incurred during the initial planning phase of a project.

Key highlights
  • Awards range now up to $5,000 CAD.
  • Designed to support third-party costs at the beginning of a project.
  • Multiple applications may be submitted.
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Business Development and Marketing Grant

Grants for local Edmonton Metro companies and individuals to support the screen media ecosystem.

Key highlights
  • Funding is in the form of a non-repayable grant.
  • Applications up to $10,000 will be considered.
  • For Edmonton-based screen media companies and individuals.
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Gil Cardinal Legacy Award

Gil Cardinal was a beloved Edmonton Indigenous filmmaker. Every year, an emerging Alberta Indigenous filmmaker is chosen to receive a cash award plus in-kind services from the National Film Board of Canada Northwest Studio. These are to assist them to make a demo for their first feature film, short film, documentary film or program, television program or series, web program or series or VR experience.

Key highlights
  • For emerging Alberta indigenous filmmakers
  • Cash prize and in-kind services
  • Indpendent jury
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Market & Event Access Grant

Grants for attending online, hybrid and in-person conferences, conventions.

Key highlights
  • Up to $5,000 in support
  • Flexible on dates and times due to COVID-19
  • Covers COVID-19 testing fees
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Location Scouting Support

Edmonton has urban and rural locations in the studio zone and some of the most eclectic architecture to be found anywhere.

Key highlights
  • Reimbursement of the costs of local transportation, meals and accommodation
  • Assistance with the costs of a local locations person for up to three days
  • Assistance with applying for location permits
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Location Rebates

Locations rebates are available to help offset the costs of Edmonton Metro locations.

Key highlights
  • Rebates on film location fees.
  • Rebates on site relocation costs.
  • Rebates on municipal services such as police and fire.
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Event Sponsorships

The ESIO assesses event sponsorship requests based on their potential impact on the Edmonton screen media sector.

Key highlights
  • Support for screen industries events
  • support for screen industries organizations
  • support for screen industries initiatives
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Start Alberta

The new Start Alberta Deal Flow Platform joins more than 40 other tech startup ecosystem solutions, including the UK, France, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Key highlights
  • Creators, companies, and entrepreneurs can build their presence.
  • Access to accelerators and funding opportunities for Alberta companies.
  • Encourages investors to seek out Edmontonian talent and projects.
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