Funded Projects

Evaluation Juries

A jury of experts evaluates all projects that apply for production support through our Experimental Stream and Aboriginal Program, using a criteria-based evaluation process. Projects are selected for support based on the results of this process, and available funding.

The jury provides an external perspective on innovation, and assesses the experience of the production and creative teams on their capacity to deliver the projects submitted for funding.

Our Evaluation Process


Successful applications are determined using a selective process in reference to an evaluation grid. The four basic assessment criteria and their respective weightings for funding are:
 
  • Experience and past achievements of the production/development team
  • Innovation and advancement of the project
  • The business plan, including the viability of the project and the financial stability of the applicant
  • The distribution strategy

The jury does not evaluate applications for development and marketing support.

Recent Jury Members

  • Adriana Chartrand
  • Alison Norrington
  • Ana Cecilia Springefeldt
  • Annelise Larson
  • Audrey Pacart
  • Denis Talbot
  • Domenico La Porta
  • Elizabeth LaPensée
  • Emilia Zboralska
  • Francis Ingrand
  • Joël Bassaget
  • Jonathan Lessard
  • Jordan Molaro
  • Kelly-Lynne Ashton
  • Laura Milliken
  • Laurent Guérin
  • Liz Rosenthal
  • Lori Schwartz
  • Magalie Zafimehy
  • Mark Greenspan
  • Melissa Mollen Dupuis
  • Nadia Seraiocco
  • Noemie Dupuy
  • Olaf Hirschberg
  • Philippe Pasquier
  • Pierre Cattan
  • Pierre-Mathieu Fortin
  • Rachel Noonan
  • Salar Shahna
  • Sarah Ellis
  • Sylvain Rivard
  • Tina Keeper
  • Tina Merry
  • Valérie Hénaire
  • Véronique Marino
  • Vidhi Shah
  • Wendy L. Bernfeld
  • Will Saunders

Domenico La Porta

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation|Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

2|1

City

Liège

Country

Belgium

Description:

Domenico La Porta holds degrees in law and criminology, but it is his passion for audiovisual and new medias that has guided his main career choice...

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Domenico La Porta holds degrees in law and criminology, but it is his passion for audiovisual and new medias that has guided his main career choices over the last 15 years. Journalist, film critic on Belgian television (RTBF) and editor of the professional magazine Cineuropa.org, Domenico was appointed to head Wallimage Creative in 2014. The Walloon fund supports new media and digital innovation at the regional, national and international levels.

Lecturer and professor of multiplatform narration as well as of gamification, Domenico is also an author (series, films, video games, comic strips) and a script doctor on occasion. He focuses the fruits of his transversal experience on the development of original narrative intellectual property, incubated in the R/O Institute that he heads since 2016. The R/O Institute is both an incubator and a seasonal accelerator that welcomes a new generation of authors and invites them to deploy their narration over several complementary platforms including television, film, the comic strips, video games, mixed reality and mobile technologies.

Francis Ingrand

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

1|2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Francis Ingrand is a French videogame entrepreneur who also specializes in video game distribution issues worldwide. He is today the CEO of Plug In...

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Francis Ingrand is a French videogame entrepreneur who also specializes in video game distribution issues worldwide. He is today the CEO of Plug In Digital, a company that provides distribution and publishing services to video game creators worldwide. Working hand in hand with over 70 distribution partners on PC platforms or cloud gaming and with console manufacturers, the company has represented distributed more than 200 video games to this day.

Francis Ingrand has previously and successively been in charge of the Internet business start-up Blackorange (1999–2001), product manager and director of sales and purchases for the E-commerce site alapage.com, a subsidiary of the Orange Group (2001–2006), and VP Business development and Senior VP of the videogame division of the Nexway company (2007–2011). Since 2014, Francis Ingrand is also vice president of the SNJV (France’s national video game union) and, since 2015, president of The Game, an association dedicated to promoting and showcasing France’s video game industry on the international stage.

Mark Greenspan

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Mark Greenspan has spent the last 20 years supporting digital media and advertising professionals. He has done this by building a wide variety of i...

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Mark Greenspan has spent the last 20 years supporting digital media and advertising professionals. He has done this by building a wide variety of industry recognized training and business development programs. Mark started off is career during the first dot com boom working with internet consultancy firm Razorfish in London and Milan where he sold and delivered digital solutions to Fortune 500 clients. He then went on to run the training programs for the Canadian Film Centre’s Digital Media Accelerator and build nextMEDIA and the Digi Awards. Most recently he founded The Digital Growth Lab which created influenceTHIS, Canada’s first conference series and marketplace dedicated to influencer marketing. Mark holds a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto and is passionate about building inclusive business ecosystems that create economic impact.

Noemie Dupuy

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Having worked in the technology field for more than 20 years now, Noémie Dupuy is the cofounder of Budge Studios, a company that develops gaming ap...

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Having worked in the technology field for more than 20 years now, Noémie Dupuy is the cofounder of Budge Studios, a company that develops gaming applications for children and employs a hundred or so people. Having studied in finance at HEC, Noémie played a key role within the company as co-president for 7 years. Today, she sits on the board of directors of Budge Studios as well as on the board of Québec’s Conseil consultatif sur l’économie et l’innovation. She is also a member of Digital Industries Table of the Government of Canada. Finally, Noemie was a Dragon invited in 2018 to an episode of Dans l’œil du dragon (the French-language version of Dragon’s Den) broadcast by Radio Canada.

Rachel Noonan

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Rachel Noonan has 14 years of experience in strategy development, integrated consumer brand marketing and insight development in the entertainment ...

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Rachel Noonan has 14 years of experience in strategy development, integrated consumer brand marketing and insight development in the entertainment and media industries. She has worked in film, fashion, technology and music; leading efforts for brands such as Pony Footwear, The Canadian Film Centre, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Alliance (now eOne), Rdio/Vdio, Samsung and Microsoft. She has also consulted for organizations such as the CRTC and Dine Alone Records; providing intelligence about the digital media business landscape and advising on consumer engagement planning. Rachel has launched two brands during her career, re-launched a heritage brand, developed first-to-market API integration partnerships and helped build a hybrid technology/music brand from the ground up. She has a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University, and has spoken on numerous panels about arts, innovation, and how to engage audiences with authenticity. She is currently the Director of Audience Development at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Valérie Hénaire

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Program|Innovation|Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation

Round

1|1|1|1

City

Québec City

Country

Canada

Description:

Valérie has 25 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry. She is a new media producer and a consultant and worked for De Marqu...

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Valérie has 25 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry. She is a new media producer and a consultant and worked for De Marque as Executive VP after working for Frima as VP of original content for digital animation series, video games, mobile apps and other formats. Before joining Frima, Valérie was a partner at SAGA, a studio specializing in the creation of transmedia narrative universes. Previous to that, she spent eight years on Ubisoft Québec’s executive board, all while producing popular titles such as Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed and Might & Magic: Duel of Champions. Pioneer of the video game industry in Quebec, she oversaw the production of over 30 titles, several of which fall under the ‘edutainment’ category. She also participated in the production of several feature films, short films, animated series, TV ads, and documentaries. Valérie currently sits on the board of directors of 3 E / Festival d’été de Québec and on the ANDI advisory committee. Valérie holds diplomas from Université Laval in Social Advertising and Education Technologies. She was awarded a Corus scholarship for the Banff New Media Institute’s Career Accelerator Program and is one of  few people to have been awarded the prestigious recognition of "influential graduate" by Université Laval.