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40 Under Indie ULB Program FAQ

Frequently asked questions…

Q1: What is the 40 Under Indie Ultra-Low Budget Program?

A: The 40 Under Indie Program is designed for productions with a total budget of $40,000 or less.

Q2: Is there an application fee?

A: No.

Q3: Is it possible to include a non-Canadian performer in my production?

A: Under special circumstances, UBCP/ACTRA may consider allowing a maximum of one (1) star performer who is not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. Please contact a ULB Program Administrator for more information.

Q4: We may shoot at a location in which we will require the performers to stay overnight.   Is this permitted?

A: The Ultra-Low Budget Program may allow Performer to stay overnight at a distant location. Please contact an Ultra-Low Budget administrator for more information about our travel requirements.

Q5: I’m shooting an ultra-low budget web series.  Which program should I apply through?

A: If the total budget of your web series is less than $40,000 you may apply under the 40 Under Indie Program.  If your web series budget exceeds $40,000 you will need to apply under the Standard Ultra-Low Budget Program.

Q6: How many UBCP/ACTRA members must I cast?  Am I permitted to cast non-union members?

A: Many productions have both union and non-union members.  There is no limitation or restriction as to how many UBCP/ACTRA members you must cast. You may cast all UBCP/ACTRA members, or just one.

Q7: If a non-member performs on an Ultra-Low Budget production, can they use the performance as a credit for Membership?

A: No.  Working on an Ultra-Low Budget production does not count as a credit towards Union membership.

Q8: I am not paying my Performers, what insurance coverage is required?

A: Accident on Set Insurance coverage is required when Performers are not being paid. In addition, if your production includes stunts, UBCP/ACTRA requires you to have Commercial General Liability coverage.

9Q: How much does “Accident on Set Insurance” cost?

A: The premium for the Ultra-Low Budget Program is $11 per UBCP/ACTRA member per day.  In addition, on any day where the UBCP/ACTRA member is engaged in a risk performance, the premium increases to $55 for that day per UBCP/ACTRA Member.

Please see www.accidentonset.com for additional information, or contact the Program Administrator at admin@accidentonset.ca

Q10: I am paying my Performers, what insurance coverage is required?

A: Under the 40 Under Indie ULB Program, Production is not required to pay performers a daily fee. If you have negotiated compensation for Performers, WorkSafe BC coverage is required by BC Provincial Law. In addition, if your production includes stunts, UBCP/ACTRA requires you to have Commercial General Liability coverage.

Q11: Why do we need to include SIN numbers on the final cast list?

A: UBCP/ACTRA requires the address, SIN number, and number of days worked for each performer.  This information is used by UBCP/ACTRA for the sole purpose of distributing residuals that may become due to performers should your project generate revenue.

Q12: Are there any deductions that UBCP/ACTRA requires to be taken off performer payments?

A: Under the 40 Under Indie Ultra-Low Budget Program you are not required to pay performers a session fee unless they negotiate one.  If you do pay a session fee, UBCP/ACTRA does not require you to make deductions under this program.

Q13: We’ve made some revenue on our production! What’s next?

A: Under the 40 Under Indie Ultra-Low Budget Program, the producer shall pay performers an amount equal to 20% of Distributor’s Gross Revenue.  If your production receives revenue, contact our Distribution Department – 604-689-0727.

Do you have a question that hasn’t been answered? E-mail ulbprogram@ubcp.com or call 604-689-0727






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