Instructions

Before applying for the Rebate, it is essential to read our updated guidelines, which are integral to the Rebate Application process. You must be in compliance with the Guidelines at all times in order to be eligible for the Rebate.

The “Rebate” is a production incentive provided by ADFC, rebating up to 30% of Abu Dhabi qualifying production expenditure (“ADQPE”). An applicant must be a production company or a production services company holding a valid Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi trade licence. The entity principally responsible for all activities involved in making the production in Abu Dhabi (the “Producer”) does not need to hold a valid Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi trade licence, and may make a Rebate application via a Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi licensed company. Applicants will require the National Media Council (the “NMC”) approval for the production that is the subject of a Rebate application, and such approval should be obtained via ADFC as early as possible in the application process in order to ascertain potential Rebate eligibility. Scripts or treatments that have not been approved in writing by either the NMC or ADFC will not be eligible for the Rebate. In order to submit your application, the following documentation must be included:

Applicants will require the National Media Council (the “NMC”) approval for the production that is the subject of a Rebate application, and such approval should be obtained via ADFC as early as possible in the application process in order to ascertain potential Rebate eligibility. Scripts or treatments that have not been approved in writing by either the NMC or ADFC will not be eligible for the Rebate. In order to submit your application, the following documentation must be included:

  • Latest draft of the shooting script, treatment or format, as applicable, with all available story boards and synopses.
  • Copy of ADFC and/or NMC approval of the production
  • Shooting schedule for the full production in Abu Dhabi
  • Total itemized indicative budget for the full production in Abu Dhabi, covering the complete production expenditure. The budget may be presented in any industry-recognised format (e.g. Movie Magic) preferred by the Applicant but must specify the expected ADQPE and be accompanied by an ADFC worksheet, a template of which is found under the “Links” tab. 
  •  A copy of the executed agreement(s) between the Applicant (and the Producer, as applicable) and the international financier(s) of the production (or evidence of intention to conclude the same)
  • Where the Producer and the Applicant are different entities, a copy of the agreement between the Applicant and the Producer covering the production and the Rebate application
  • Copy of relevant production insurance binder, including proof of Public Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Liability (or evidence of an intention to obtain the same) (not applicable for post-production applications only)
  • Current Trade License of Applicant Company

All information and documentation submitted to ADFC must be true and accurate, and ADFC has the absolute discretion to refuse any Application.

Once ADFC is in receipt of a fully completed Application Form, together with all required supporting documentation, including the necessary content approval, an Interim Certificate should be issued within twenty (20) working days. (Rebate Guidelines 3.13)  Please note this time stamp will NOT start if the submitted application documents are inaccurate or incorrect.