Film, Television and Digital Media (IPA)
Are you producing a film, TV show or online production? Animation, Public Service Announcement, Documentary, Industrial or demo pilot? You’re in the right place. We encourage you to call and/or email us with your questions, especially when you’re in the planning stages. Call early, it will help you with budgeting and casting. We’ll point you to the section of the Independent Production Agreement that works for your project.
Become an IPA Producer in 2 steps:
Just a little bit of paperwork
To start producing under the Independent Production Agreement, you must first agree to its terms and provide some information about your production. Here are the forms you’ll need:
- Voluntary Recognition Agreement (What’s this? It’s the document where you agree to the basic terms of the IPA)
- Production Form
- Security Agreement (What’s this? It’s a document, required before you start production, that protects the payment due to performers.)
Send us the completed documents
Email the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An IPA Business Representative will contact you to assist you further with your production
The IPA covers all forms of recorded performance whether they are broadcast, exhibited, transmitted live, posted online or distributed or broadcast in any other way. TV series, mini-series, Movies of the Week, feature films, shorts, animation, reality programs, webisodes, mobisodes, dubbing – the IPA has it all. Basically, if it isn’t a commercial it’s IPA. (Exceptions include productions made by CBC, CTV, TVO, NFB, VisionTV, CFC, and CityTV.) If you’re making a Documentary jump to Documentary. If you’re making an Industrial click on Industrial in the accordion below.
- ACTRA IPA 2019-2021 Rate Sheet
- IPA 2019-2021_Memorandum of Agreement by Article number with Addendum
Signatory Document Package
Please note, as a result of recent legislative changes, effective January 1st, 2018, the minimum hourly rate in the province of Ontario will be $14.00 per hour and thus the minimum rate for additional Background Performers as set out in C503 of the Independent Production Agreement will be $14.00 per hour.
- Complete IPA 2019-2021 Agreement
- Mileage Rate – $0.55
- Signatory Document Package (everything in 1 complete package)
- Voluntary Recognition Agreement
- Production Form
- Security Agreement
- Alternate Letter of Guarantee for Production Obligations and Distribution Rights
- Alternate Letter of Guarantee for Distribution Rights
- Production Guarantee
- IPA Permit Form
- Engagement of Minors
- Statutory Declaration for Casting Directors
- Audition Sign-In Sheet
- Casting Data Report
- Declaration Re Option for Advance
- Distributor’s Assumption Agreement
- Non-approved Distributor’s Assumption Agreement
- Purchaser’s Assumption Agreement
- Distribution Guarantee
- Performer Work Report
- Stunts Breakdown
- Policy on Riders and Long Form Performer Contracts
- Engagement of ACTRA Performers on Off-Shore Productions
The IPA defines a Documentary Program as “an information Production that is designed not to be purely entertainment and which may include drama or variety techniques in achieving its information goal.” If you have a Documentary project, let’s talk. In the meantime, here are the documents and forms you’ll need:
An IPA Industrial is “a Production that is not less than three (3) minutes in length and which is produced to promote directly or indirectly the image of an organization, to promote the use of its products or services, or to offer training in the use of its products or services, or to provide education or instruction, but is not intended for broadcast on television.” Make your corporate videos professional by using professional actors! Here are the documents and forms you’ll need:
Proof of Residency Documentation for Performers
Joint Bulletin on Consent Based Interactions
- Statutory Declaration for Casting Directors to sign
- Audition Sheet (sign in sheet that tracks the people who auditioned)
- Casting Data Report (Parts A & B)
- Policy on Riders and Long-Form Performer Contract
Working with Minors
See section A27 of the Independent Production Agreement for more information.
- Declaration of Parent in the Engagement of Minors
- Chaperon and Medical Authorization
- Minors Trust Deduction
Work Permit Applications, Work Reports & Vouchers
- Work Permit Application (normally filled out and submitted by the actor)
(Email completed Work Permit Applications to email@example.com. Please use the production’s title as the subject line.)
- Performer Work Report (timesheet for each day on set)
- Yellow Voucher Request Form (form to request a non-ACTRA member in background)
Distribution & Rights
These documents are all about Use Fees.
- Declaration Respecting Option for 25% Advance (if you qualify to make this election you’ll need this form)
- Distributor’s Assumption Agreement (Do you have a Distributor already? You’ll need this form)
- Distributor’s Assumption Agreement (Non-Approved)
- Distribution Guarantee
- Purchaser’s Assumption Agreement (Did another company purchase the rights? You’ll need to get them to sign this form)
Need to find a Stunt Coordinator?
ACTRA Toronto maintains a list of Stunt Co-ordinators who:
- have been members of ACTRA or a comparable film and television union (for example SAG, AFTRA, UK Equity) for at least ten years;
- have worked at least 425 days as a stunt performer under an ACTRA or comparable union contract; and
- are at least 28 years of age.
To request a copy of the list, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workplace Accident/Injury Insurance Requirements
All Productions require Accident/Injury Insurance for all Performers. You can get this from any insurance provider. Here’s one: Accident on Set.