CMF invests $24.8M in early-stage development and IDM projects
Toronto, December 20, 2021 – The CMF is investing $24.8M through four of its funding programs supporting the development and production of Canadian IP. A total of 59 projects will receive funding through the first round of financing of the Early-Stage Development Program. Other projects will receive funding through the second round of the Innovation and Experimentation Program, the Commercial Projects Program and the Digital Linear Series Program.
Early-Stage Development Program
To fund the development of projects at the beginning of their creative process, the CMF will invest $2M to support 59 projects through its Early-Stage Development Program.
Now in its third year, the Early-stage Development Program is exclusively offered to screenwriters. The program allocates up to $40K to each project in CMF-supported genres. At least 25% of the Program’s budget was exclusively reserved for Diverse Community Applicants.
A jury of specialists composed by Rachel Alouki Labbe, Jacquie Black, Andrew Burrows-Trotman, Ravida Din, John Gill and Zaira Zarza evaluated English-language projects submitted for funding. Jury members Carla Beauvais, Feven Gmariam and Mara Gourd Mercado evaluated French-language projects. To find out more about the jurors, please click here.
Click here to access information about projects funded through this program’s round of funding.
Innovation & Experimentation Program
Projects funded through the Experimental Stream’s Innovation & Experimentation Program are Canadian interactive or immersive digital media content and software applications that are innovative and leading-edge.
A CMF investment of $7.4M through the second round of funding of this program will support eight Canadian innovative digital media projects.
A jury of Canadian and international specialists evaluated the projects submitted for production support. This round’s jury consisted of Carl-Frédéric De Celles (Québec City), Rochelle Grayson (Vancouver), Veronika Kvon (Toronto), Sonia Onozawa (Buenos Aires), Karen Poulin (Québec City), Sébastien Provencher (Montréal) and Adam Sigel (Los Angeles). Click here to read more about each juror involved in the application evaluation.
For information on the latest projects that received production support, please click here.
Commercial Projects Program
The CMF will invest $11.4M in 12 projects through the second round of funding of the Commercial Projects Program.
The Commercial Projects Program funds interactive and immersive digital media projects that have a greater chance of commercial success. Projects are evaluated based on their potential to attain stated commercial objectives, demonstrate business opportunity, and achieve profitability.
A jury of Canadian and international specialists evaluated the projects submitted for funding. This round’s jury consisted of Fabienne Fiorucci (Paris), Nicholas Fortugno (New York City), Jen Goertzen (Berlin), Carl Edwin Michel (Toronto) Yanick Roy (Montréal). Click here to read more about each juror involved in the application evaluation.
Click here to view a list of projects funded through the Commercial Projects Program.
Digital Linear Series Program
A total of 18 digital linear series will receive $4.0M in funding through the CMF’s Digital Linear Series Program. Six of the funded projects are in English and in 12 French.
The Digital Linear Series Program is designed to support digital linear series in their second (or subsequent) season, created initially for online platforms and in designated CMF genres.
Project were evaluated by a jury composed by Judith Davis, Evangéline Kabuya, Emilia King
Jordan Molaro, Louiselle Roy and Ana Cecilia Springefeldt. Click here to find out more about the jurors.
Click here to view a list of CMF-funded projects that will receive funding through this program.
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 cmf-fmc.ca.
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