Bell Fund announces decisions for the September 24, 2018 Deadline for the Short-Form Digital Series (Non-Fiction) Program.

Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, November 27, 2018: The Board of Directors of the Bell Fund has announced its decisions for the September 24, 2018 round of applications. Over $2.4million in grants has been approved including over $670,000 to help support the Discoverability Plans for these series. Supporting audience engagement strategies is a priority for the fund.

14 Independent Production Companies are being supported across 9 English language and 5 French language projects. Included in this funding are projects from Ontario and Quebec.

1. The following English language projects received Production Grants under the Bell Fund’s Short-Form Digital Series (Non-Fiction) program:

Animalogic: Second Nature
Blue Ant Media Productions Inc.
26 x 7 minutes
For millions of years, animals across the globe have excelled at one thing - survival. This series examines the tools of evolution that come second nature throughout the animal kingdom.
Brief But Spectacular
Second Peninsula Ltd.
8 x 3 minutes
An unconventional and revealing look at complex issues, ideas, and the lives and views of compelling guests.
BUY or DIY, Season 2
Disrupting Designs TV Productions Inc. a Subsidiary of RTR Media Inc.
12 x 10 minutes
In season two of this light-hearted YouTube gameplay series, Dani and Alexandra help a friend decide whether they should buy or DIY an item for their home.
Cara Takes Up Space
Muse Entertainment (Ontario) Inc.
6 x 10 minutes
Comedian Cara Connors goes undercover, performing social experiments and on-the street interviews to investigate double standards between men and women.
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made
Coolest Things Productions Inc.
10 x 5 minutes
Profiles everyday people building extraordinary things. Will make you rethink what time and perseverance can do.
Peacock Alley Entertainment
10 x 12 minutes
Dr. Jen Gunter, “Twitter’s Resident Gynecologist,” is fed up with the pseudoscience being exploited by social media and celebrities to sell “health” products which are anything but harmless.
Outlaw Land
7 Innovation Productions Inc.
10 x 8 minutes
An anthology documentary series that follows Reza Sholeh; an investigative filmmaker who specializes in criminal stories; sometimes blurring the line between observer and participant.
Shredders of Metal: Vol. 2
Banger Films Inc.
6 x 10 minutes
In season two, heavy metal guitarists face off in epic guitar duels before a panel of judges and a live audience in order to win the title of Ultimate Shredder.
Marble Media Inc.
10 x 3 minutes
Features the demolition of the menacing medieval monstrosities that make-up the Kingdom of Splatalot!

2. The following French language projects received Production Grants under the Bell Fund’s Short Form Digital Series (Non-Fiction) program:

For further details on the projects below, please see our French language website:

Abitibi 360 - saison 2
Nadagam Films
6 x 5 minutes
La Science de l’art
Eurêka! Productions
8 x 15 minutes
Lex et Wasiu
Vice Studio Canada Inc.
20 x 5 minutes
Sans Filtre - saison 2
Urbania TV Inc.
20 x 10 minutes
Picbois Productions
6 x 5 minutes

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 screen-based, media projects. 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 $13 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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