Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, April 3, 2018: The Board of Directors of the Bell Fund has announced its decisions for the February 5, 2018 round of applications. Over $2 million in funding has been approved for 33 of the 57 (English and French) applications received.
The Slate Development Pilot Program helps Canadian, independent, production companies diversify their development slates, both in terms of number of projects and variety of platforms and media, by offering financial support for the planning and development of original intellectual property. The following companies received funding, for English language projects, under the Bell Fund’s new Slate Development pilot program:
Beevision Productions, Big Coat Media, Entertainment One Television Productions, Fresh TV, Gearshift Films, High Dive Media, iThentic, LaRue Entertainment, LoCo Motion Pictures, Marble Media, MIRA Studio, No Equal Entertainment, Shaftesbury Development, and Willis Sweete Productions (Ontario), Ari A. Cohen Productions and Rezolution Pictures International (Quebec), Drama Camp Productions (B.C.), Interalias Entertainment (Saskatchewan), Merit Motion Pictures (Manitoba), The World Beneath Productions (Nova Scotia)
The following companies received funding, for French language projects, under the Bell Fund’s new Slate Development pilot program:
Picbois Productions, TMH Films, TOBO and Urbania (Quebec)
The Webdocs Development Pilot Program supports the development of stand-alone projects where the content is conceived for an interactive experience, providing an in-depth critical analysis of a specific subject, which allows the user to navigate through the components autonomously. The following companies received funding for English language projects, under the Bell Fund’s new Webdocs Development pilot program:
Embreate, Helios Design Labs, Lost Time Media, Morning Bird Pictures, S.K. Films and Taza Media (Ontario)
The following companies received funding, for French language projects, under the Bell Fund’s Webdocs Development pilot program:
Kung Fu Numerik, TOBO and Zone 3 (Quebec)
The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian media content makers who create and produce engaging content for audiences in Canada and around the world. Bell Fund investments support content development and production for broadcast and digital platforms that are accessible to all Canadians. For 20 years, since 1997, the Bell Fund has invested over $200 million in 2,000 Canadian digital media projects and television programs. The Bell Fund also supports training, research, professional development and promotion for the Canadian media production industry.
The Bell Fund receives annual contributions of approximately $16 million from Bell TV as part of its broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the industry. The Fund was also awarded a $10 million endowment from Bell TV which supports the Fund’s development programming. The Bell Fund is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, governed by an independent Board of Directors representing various sectors of the television and digital media industry.
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