Feature Funder: Canada Media Fund

Canada Media FundWelcome to Wednesday, Funds Fans!  Our feature funder this week is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation that delivers $375 million in funding annually to support the Canadian television and digital media industries.

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. Created by Canada’s cable and satellite distributors and the Government of Canada, the CMF aspires to connect Canadians to our creative expressions, to each other, and to the world through two funding streams; Convergent Stream and Experimental Stream.

Through the Convergent Stream, the CMF supports the creation of convergent television and digital media content for consumption by Canadians anytime, anywhere. The convergent stream is made up of various programs and incentives that target key activities and audiences.  Supporting multi-platform Canadian projects, content must be provided on at least two distribution platforms, one of which is television.  The digital media component must be rich, interactive content such as games, interactive web content, on-demand content, podcasts, webisodes, and mobisodes.  Canadian elements for the television components must achieve 10/10 points on the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) scale.

Through the Convergent stream the CMF supports the creation of content in four underrepresented genres: drama, documentary, children’s and youth, & variety and performing arts.  The programs and incentives that comprise the Convergent Stream are designed to encourage production in all regions of Canada and in the variety of languages spoken by Canadians.  Forms of funding include licence-fee top-ups, equity investments, and repayable contributions that are paid directly to applicant producers.  The majority of funding in the Convergent Stream is disbursed through the Performance Envelope Program, which encourages partnerships between broadcasters, television producers, and digital media producers.

NEWS FLASH:  October 12th, 2012, The Canada Media Fund (CMF) would like to remind the industry that the English Production Incentive (EPI) program will combine any unspent funds remaining in any provinces\territories on October 16th. The remaining funds will be accessible to projects from any 2012-2013 eligible province\territory on a first-come first served basis starting October 17th. Amount of funding available can be reviewed here.  The CMF Program Administrator|Telefilm Canada will start accepting applications from producers in any eligible province/territory as of 9 a.m. (in their relevant time zone) on Wednesday, October 17. Applications will be accepted until November 27, 2012–the final closing date—or until funds are depleted.  Applications will not be considered complete until all documents are submitted to and approved by Telefilm Canada.

The Experimental Stream encourages the development of innovative, interactive digital media content and software applications. Projects funded under the Experimental Program are to be developed for commercial potential by the Canadian media industry or public use by Canadians.  Funding is allocated according to a selective process using an evaluation matrix. For details, read the Experimental Stream guidelines.

For an overview of annual CMF program deadlines, please look here.

That’s our spiel for today folks!  If you are active or interested in Canadian-content media production then you need to check this out!

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