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Funding and Support for Interactive Digital Media, Diversity Projects from CMF

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Interactive digital media producers and creators of multi-platform content that speaks to diverse language and cultural groups in Canada have received production support and funding from the Canada Media Fund

CMF has confirmed that 15 interactive digital media projects received a total of $10 million in funds as part of the second round of production support from the Experimental Stream that encourages the development of innovative, interactive digital media content and software applications.

A separate contribution of $8.9 million was granted to 31 projects in the Convergent Stream’s Aboriginal, Diverse Languages, and Francophone Minority programs.

Of the 15 interactive media projects receiving support, three are from British Columbia, one is from Manitoba, seven are from Ontario, one is from Prince Edward Island, two are from Quebec, and one is from Saskatchewan. Earlier this year, the CMF provided $14 million in funds to 25 projects who applied for production support. Combined with this round of funding, the CMF, in its third year, has already provided more than $69 million in funding to 127 projects for production support.

Production support provides funding for the creation of a final, market-ready version of an eligible project and preliminary marketing and commercialization activities.

Complete descriptions of the new projects that received production support, as well further information about the judges and support processes, are available online.

For projects at the production stage, the innovation and production team criteria were assessed by a jury of Canadian and international industry specialists: Wendy Bernfield (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Carl-Frédéric de Celles (Quebec City, Canada); Guy Gadney (Sydney, Australia); Lucie Lalumière (Toronto, Canada); Laurent LaSalle (Montreal, Canada); Siobhan O’Flynn (Toronto, Canada); Britta Schell (San Francisco, USA); Michelle Sklar (Calgary, Canada); and, Rogerio Soares (Sao Paulo, Brazil).

In the next few weeks, the CMF will also announce projects receiving funds for development support and marketing support from the Experimental Stream.

More than $1.3 million was distributed amongst three production companies from Manitoba and Quebec that applied to the program’s second round of funding. Of these, two projects are Children’s & Youth productions and one is Variety and Performing Arts. For this round of funding, $1.2 million supported television production whereas $0.1 million supported digital media production. This is added to the $4.7 million provided in this year’s first round of funding in the Aboriginal program. Since 2010, the CMF has provided more than $17 million to 52 Aboriginal production projects.

The CMF allotted $2.0 million to 10 projects that applied for funding from the Diverse Languages Program. Of these, one is from British Columbia, eight are from Ontario, and one is a co-production between Alberta and Yukon. Projects include television productions and digital media components in Mandarin (6), Spanish (3), and German (1). Each project received funding for their television production and digital media component—more than $1.1 million supported television production whereas more than $0.8 million supported digital media components. Of the 10 projects, five are documentaries, three are drama, one is Children’s & Youth, and one is Variety and Performing Arts.

Since 2010, the CMF has provided $4.5 million to 28 projects that applied for Diverse Languages funding.

The CMF contributed more than $5.6 million dollars to 18 projects that applied to the Francophone Minority Program in its second round of funding. Of the 18 supported projects, two are from British Columbia, one is from Manitoba, six are from New Brunswick, eight are from Ontario, and one is a co-production between Ontario and Quebec. From the 18 supported projects, 18 television productions received more than $5.2 million and four digital media components received $0.3 million. In this round of funding, 13 Documentaries, one Drama, and four Variety and Performing Arts productions were supported.

This second round of funding is in addition to $3.8 million provided in this year’s first round. Since its inception in 2010, the CMF has supported a total of 89 projects by providing more than $28 million to francophone minority productions.

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) champions the creation and promotion of successful, innovative, Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and industry research. The CMF was created by Canada’s cable and satellite distributors and the Government of Canada.

The CMF also publishes Canadaonscreen.ca, an online digital media showcase of Canada’s creative talents and screen-based productions from television productions to games, Web content, and software and applications.

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