Canada Media Fund invests $22.6M in the production of 44 projects

Toronto, August 15, 2019 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today that 44 projects would receive a total of over $22.6M in funding through three of its programs. A total of $7.7M will fund 17 projects through the Aboriginal Program. A further $9.4M will be invested in the production of 10 innovative digital media projects through the first round of funding of its Experimental Stream’s Innovation Program. An additional $5.5M are being invested in 17 projects through the English POV Program.

Aboriginal Program

Respecting the distinctive and traditional approaches to Indigenous storytelling, the CMF has tailored a dedicated funding program to support creators from Canada’s First Peoples. The CMF will provide over $7.7M in funding to 17 Indigenous-led projects that applied for production funding through the Aboriginal Program.

Applications for funding were evaluated by a jury composed of individuals from Indigenous communities. Jury members were Adriana Chartrand (Métis Nation), Sylvain Rivard, Laura Milliken (Anishinaabek Nation), and Jordan Molaro (Anishnaabek Nation). Together they bring a complementary skill set including Indigenous-led audiovisual production, contemporary visual arts and traditional storytelling through Indigenous perspectives, as well as knowledge of several Indigenous languages. To learn more about the four jurors involved in the Aboriginal Program application evaluation process, please click here.

Canadian and international audiences will enjoy 10 documentaries, four children’s and youth programs and three drama series.

Including this round of funding, since 2010, the CMF has invested more than $67.9M in 157 Canadian Indigenous productions through the Aboriginal Program. Indigenous creators also access funding across several other CMF programs, including the Northern Incentive and the Performance Envelope Program.

Click here to view a list of projects funded through the Aboriginal Program.

Experimental Stream Innovation Program

An investment of $9.4M will contribute to the production of 10 innovative digital media projects, including nine games and one rich interactive project.

A jury of Canadian and international specialists evaluated the projects submitted for production support. This round’s jury consisted of Pierre Cattan (Paris), Laurent Guérin (Toronto), Jonathan Lessard (Montréal), Tina Merry (Vancouver), Will Saunders (London, U.K.), Nadia Seraiocco (Montréal), and Lori H. Schwartz (Los Angeles). Click here to read more about each juror involved in the Experimental Stream’s Innovation Program production application evaluation.

The Experimental Stream’s Innovation Program allocates funding to interactive digital media content and software applications that are innovative and leading-edge.

Since 2010, CMF has invested $211M in the production of 352 innovative digital media projects.

For information on the latest projects that received production support, please click here.

English POV Program

A total of 17 projects will receive $5.5M in funding through the 2019-2020 English Point-of-View (POV) Program. The English POV Program is designed to encourage one-off, point-of-view documentary production in the English-language market.

Including this round of funding, since 2010, the CMF has supported 147 projects having received more than $38M in funding through the English POV program.

All the projects are feature-length documentaries. To view a list and description of new projects that received POV funding, please click here.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit


For more information, please contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund
[email protected]
(416) 554-2768