CMF Invests in 44 New Productions


The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has invested in 44 new projects, allocating C$22.6 million ($17 million) in funding to the production of content through three of its programs.

A total of C$7.7 million ($5.8 million) will fund 17 projects through the Aboriginal Program, which supports Indigenous storytelling and creators from Canada’s First Peoples. Applications for funding were evaluated by a jury composed of individuals from Indigenous communities. The funding will go to ten documentaries, four children’s and youth programs and three drama series. Including this round of funding, since 2010, the CMF has invested more than C$67.9 ($51 million) million in 157 Canadian Indigenous productions through the Aboriginal Program.

For the Experimental Stream Innovation Program, an investment of C$9.4 million ($7.1 million) will contribute to the production of ten digital media projects, including nine games and one rich interactive project. The program allocates funding to interactive digital media content and software applications that are innovative and cutting-edge. Since 2010, the CMF has invested C$211 million ($158.6 million) in the production of 352 such digital media projects through the program.

The CMF has also pledged C$5.5 million ($4.1 million) to 17 projects from the English Point-of-View (POV) Program, which is designed to encourage one-off, point-of-view documentary production in the English-language market. All the projects are feature-length documentaries. Including this round of funding, since 2010, the CMF has supported 147 projects, allocating more than C$38 million ($28. 6 million) in funding, through the English POV program.