Toronto – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today an investment of $3.5M to support the production of 16 projects as part of its Web Series Pilot Program. This program was put in place to finance Canadian web series in their second or subsequent season and was developed to meet the needs in the marketplace for linear content created for online consumption.
CMF funding contributes to the return of nine web series in English and seven in French. One is from Manitoba, eight from Ontario and seven from Québec. Eleven projects are in the Drama genre, three are intended for Children and Youth and two are documentary web series. Click here to view a list of CMF-funded projects and additional information, including production synopses, producer credits, and funding commitments.
A five-member jury evaluated all the projects that were submitted for funding as part of this program. The jury is composed of Canadian and international industry specialists including: Voyelle Acker (Paris), Kelly-Lynne Ashton (Toronto), Joël Bassaget (Berlin), Véronique Marino (Montréal) and Emilia Zboralska (Toronto). Jury members have complementary skill sets including business development and acquisitions; independent production in digital media, film, and television; and web distribution. Click here to read more about each juror involved in the Web Series Pilot Program application evaluation process.
The jury provides an external perspective on projects and makes recommendations based on a set of criteria, which include market interest; track record and experience of the production and creative teams; and originality, creativity and production value of all assessed projects.
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.