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Deadlines approaching for the Canadian Media Fund(Views: 1402)
Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:51:31
The deadline for applying to various funding programs through the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) is fast approaching. Specifically a closing deadline of October 2nd is looming for production in their aboriginal program and their experimental stream funding.
The CMF is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers $375 million in funding annually to support the Canadian television and digital media industries through two streams of funding. Their two streams are the convergent stream, digital media content for canadians, and the experimental stream, made up of innovative, interactive digital media content and software applications.
According to the CMF website, the convergent stream supports multi-platform Canadian projects: they provide content on at least two distribution platforms, one of which is television. It is made up of various programs and incentives that target key activities and audiences. The digital media component must be rich, interactive content such as games, interactive web content, on-demand content, podcasts, webisodes, and mobisodes.
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.
The Aboriginal Program (for both television and digital media) is a production program as part of the CMF's convergent funding programs, supporting the growth of Aboriginal-language production. It's 'final closing date' for applications is on October 2nd.
For all these applications the CMF may commit up to 75% of this fiscal year’s allocation for each program to be spent on submissions made by the 'first closing date'. The CMF will make the remainder of the allocation available for the final closing date.
The production component of the CMF's Experimental Stream has a final closing date for submissions on September 18th .The two other components of the CMF's Experimental Stream hold October 2nd as their final closing date for submissions. They are development funding and marketing & promotion funding.
Here the CMF may commit up to up to 60% of a fiscal year’s allocation to the Experimental Stream, for each of Production, Development, and Marketing & Promotion support, to submissions made by the first closing date. The CMF will make the remainder of the allocation available for the final closing date.
Programs in the Experimental stream are expected to lead to the following outcomes:
On October 16th the first closing date for applications for the English Production Incentive of the convergent stream will go into effect.
The CMF monitors television production activity in each Canadian province and territory. Where production activity drops significantly below a 5-year average in any province/territory, the CMF may implement an English Production Incentive for that/those province(s) or territory(ies) in the following fiscal year.
Most importantly, applications will be accepted until the first closing date, or until funds for the province or territory’s allocation are depleted, whichever comes first. If any portion of a province/territory’s allocation has not been committed by the First Closing Date—i.e. the CMF has not received complete, eligible application(s) with regard to the province/territory’s allocation by this date—the uncommitted portion will be made available to other projects eligible for the English Production Incentive in this fiscal year.
Finally, October 16th was supposed to be the first closing date for submissions for the Performance Envelope Program (television and digital media). Although the CMF has filled its quota for this incentive and is no longer accepting applications: apply early next year!
by Joseph Czikk