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Standard ULB FAQ

Standard Ultra-Low Budget Program

Frequently asked questions…

Q1: Is there an application fee?

A:   No.

Q2: What is the maximum budget amount that will be considered for approval under the Standard Ultra-Low Budget Program?

A: UBCP/ACTRA reviews all project applications on a case by case basis.  The vast majority of accepted applications under the Standard Ultra-Low Budget Program have total budgets of less than $100,000.

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: No.  The Ultra-Low Budget Program does not permit Producers to require any Performer to stay overnight at a distant location.

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 $20,000, and your total running time is less than 20 minutes, you may apply to the 20/20 Program.  If your web series budget exceeds either $20,000, or exceeds 20 minutes in length, 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, may they use the performance as a credit for membership?

A: No.  Working on an ultra-low budget production does not count as a credit toward Union membership.

Q8: Is “Accident on Set Insurance” coverage mandatory under the Standard Ultra-Low Budget Program?

A:  Yes.  This is a UBCP requirement regardless of which ultra-low budget program you are producing under (Standard ULB, 20/20 ULB, or Student ULB), all UBCP/ACTRA members must be covered by “Accident on Set Insurance”.

Q9: How much does “Accident on Set Insurance” cost?

A: The premium for the Standard 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: Are there additional insurance requirements beyond “Accident on Set Insurance” for UBCP/ACTRA members?

A: Yes.  Any time Performers are paid BC provincial law requires WorkSafeBC coverage.  This means that for paid UBCP/ACTRA members you will require both “Accident on Set Insurance” and WorkSafeBC coverage.  In addition, if your production includes stunts, UBCP/ACTRA requires you to have Comprehensive 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 be owed to performers should your project generate revenue.

Q12: Does UBCP/ACTRA require deductions to be taken off Performer payments?

A: For the Standard Ultra-Low Budget Program, the minimum fee required for each performer is $100 per day. UBCP/ACTRA does not require deductions from a performer’s pay under this program.

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

A: Under terms of the Standard Ultra-Low Budget Program, Producers agree to pay Performers 5% of the Distributor’s Gross Revenue.  If your production generates revenue, please 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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