CMF Funding for 14 Digital Media Projects


TORONTO: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has awarded C$10.3 million ($7.9 million) in funding to 14 interactive digital media projects as part of the first round of production support from the 2016-17 Experimental Stream – Innovation Program.

The Experimental Stream encourages the creation of innovative, interactive digital media content and software applications. This round of funding included, the CMF has provided more than C$154.3 million ($118.4 million) in production funding to 268 projects since the Experimental Stream was created in 2010.

Production support provides funding for the creation of a final, market-ready version of an eligible project and preliminary marketing and commercialization activities. As a result of the funding, consumers will have access to new interactive digital content, including nine games, three software applications and two platforms using virtual reality.

Projects from Webilize Applications, Studio Sauropode and MinorityVR are among those to receive funding in this round.

A jury of Canadian and international industry specialists evaluated the innovation and production team criteria of projects receiving production support. The jury for this round of funding included Stephane D’Astous, Richard Lachman, Laurent Lasalle, Jason Lewis, Isabelle Marazzani, Liz Rosenthal, Patrice Slupowski and Paula Zuccotti. At the end of the month, CMF will announce projects receiving funds for development and marketing support from the Experimental Stream – Innovation Program.