Bell Fund announces decisions for the April 26, 2021 Deadline for the Short-Form Digital Series Program and the April 19, 2021 TV Selective Program.

Montreal and Toronto, June 17, 2021:

The Board of Directors of the Bell Fund has announced its decisions for the April 26, 2021 deadline for the Short-Form Digital Series Program. Over $2 million has been approved to support 13 independent production companies to produce 7 English and 6 French digital series

Additionally, The Board of Directors has announced its decisions for the TV Selective Program. Over $3 million has been approved to support 10 English and 7 French TV series.

The following English language series received production funding under Bell Fund’s Short-Form Digital Series program:

Short-Form Digital Series
Gay Mean Girls S2
Obvious Allegory
Gay Mean Girls – Shaftesbury’s Kinda TV (YouTube)
8x12
While pursuing a story about Gay Prom Royalty for the school paper, Savannah Lin uncovers a queer "safe space" with skeletons in its closet. After becoming enmeshed with its leader, Savannah must choose between betraying her community and the integrity of her voice.
Homeschooled
Portfolio Entertainment and Boss & Co.
CBC Gem
10x15
Two homeschooled 16-year-old intellectuals, Farzanah and Greta, set out to make a documentary showcasing what home education is really like. The documentary, and their friendship, take an unexpected turn when Farzanah suddenly enrolls in a “real” high school.
Petrol S3
N5 Pictures
Petrol TV (YouTube)
10x10
A trio of exotic car thieves is on the run, evading police and a relentlessness detective. Caught in a love triangle, they soon suspect each other of betrayal. Their only hope for escape comes from a former competitor who offers them freedom if they join his team.
The Cartoons That Shaped Us
Fathom Film Group
CBC Gem
6x20
Follow Canadian voice actor, Eric Bauza, as he and his guests explore the world of cartoons, taking a deep dive through the archives from multiple eras, in a quest to better learn how cartoons have shaped us.
Vessel
Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Plus (YouTube )
8x10
Two lonely, anxious, individuals subscribe to a service that controls the entirety of their romantic lives. This service crafts charming identities and a “picture-perfect love story” for them, but despite the service’s best efforts, they are still forced to confront their true selves.
virgins!
Miskeen Media
CBC Gem
10x10
Follow four, 20-something, East African women, in Toronto as they awkwardly navigate adulthood as millennials and love & relationships as virgins!
Womb Envy
Border2Border Entertainment
OUTtv and AMI
12x20
When a gay, burnt-out, party boy's estranged, straight, small-town, best friend shows up expecting him to play daddy to her pregnant belly, even a beautiful blind lover and fairy drag queen can't stop the womb envy - an Mpreg romantic comedy.


The following French language applications received production funding under Bell Fund’s Short-Form Digital Series Program:

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

Short-Form Digital Series
Entrelacés
Productions Bien Joué
Telequebec.tv
6 x 10 min
Le 11 septembre et moi
Picbois Productions
Telequebec.tv
6 x 8 min
Les chemins de travers
BESIDE
Beside.media
6 x 15 min
On va pas s'mentir
Trio Orange
ICI Tou.tv
8 x 20 min
Vidanges
Koze and KOTV
ICI Tou.tv
12 x 12 min
Vivre tous ensemble - saison 2
Eurêka! Productions
Savoir.media
12 x 15 min


The following English language projects received production funding under Bell Fund’s TV Program.
TV Selective Program
Bones of Crows
Ayasew Ooskana Pictures
CBC
4 x 60 min
A psychological drama told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears, as she survives Canada's residential school system to continue her family's generational fight in the face of systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse.
Coroner (Season 4)
Muse Entertainment
CBC
12 x 60 min
A character procedural about coroner Jenny Cooper, who investigates suspicious deaths in Toronto.
Diggstown (Season 3)
Circle Blue Films
CBC
8 x 60 min
Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer and her colleagues at Halifax legal aid work directly in the community, to find justice for their diverse clients exploring issues of racism, poverty, and gender bias.
Drag Heals (Season 3)
Border2Border Entertainment
OUTtv
8 x 30 min
Drag artists combine their deeply personal stories with the glitter of drag to create cathartic performances for a live audience in this documentary series.
Eyewitness UFO
Blue Ant Studios Canada (fka Saloon Media)
Blue Ant Media – T&E
8 x 60 min
Are we alone or is there life…out there? It is perhaps our greatest mystery, and the moment of truth is drawing near. This is not the X-Files. These are the experiences of regular people, all around the world.
Hudson & Rex (Season 4)
Shaftesbury and Pope Productions
Rogers Media – City TV
16 x 60 min
Centred on the partnership between a major crimes’ detective and his hardworking dog at a fictional St. John’s police department, this is a procedural drama with a twist.
Lands Enchanted
Rezolution Pictures
APTN
13 x 30 min
A documentary series, in both the Cree and English language, that explores the tales behind mysterious places that transcend time and space. Cree host Ernest Webb journeys to communities across Quebec to meet storytellers who know the lore behind these enchanted places.
Mysteries from Above
Blue Ant Studios Canada. (fka Saloon Media)
Blue Ant Media – Cottage Life
10 x 60 min
A documentary series that investigates mysteries from the revealing vantage point of drones including a rare super colony of penguins hiding on an Antarctic Island. Drones have changed the landscape of exploration, allowing navigators to access remote or hard-to-reach locations.
Searching with Sang
Riverbank Pictures
TLN
6 x 30 min
Follows celebrated writer, food literacy advocate, and renowned chef Sang Kim on urban, Canadian, culinary adventures. Driven by his connections to diverse communities, Sang explores how integral food is to our social fabric, and how we can take lessons from the kitchen to grow a more inclusive society.
The Diamonds of Beisbol
TLN Studios
TLN
6 x 30 min
A documentary series that investigates mysteries from the revealing vantage point of drones. From a rare super colony of penguins hiding on an Antarctic island to a never before- seen Amazonian tribe, drones have changed the landscape of exploration, allowing navigators to access remote or hard-to-reach locations.


The following French language series received production funding under the Bell Fund’s TV Program.

For further details on the series below, please see our French language website: fondsbell.ca

TV Selective Program
C'est comme ça que je t'aime - saison 2
Productions Casablanca
Radio-Canada (ICI Télé)
10 x 60 min
Elles
Picbois Productions
TV5 Québec Canada (TV5)
12 x 60 min
Espèces d'ordures
Balestra Productions et Écho Média
TV5 Québec Canada (TV5)
10 x 60 min
L'air d'aller
URBANIA
Télé-Québec
10 x 30 min
Manuel de la vie sauvage
Productions KOTV
Corus Média (Séries Plus)
6 x 60 min
Reconstruire le corps
Groupe PVP
Accesible Média inc. (AMI Télé)
6 x 60 min
Transmission impossible IV
PR3 Médias
Corus Média (Historia)
20 x 30 min

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