Toronto and Montreal, February 24, 2022.
The Board of Directors of the Bell Fund has announced its decisions for the November 29, 2021 deadline for the Slate Development Program.
By offering financial support for the development of Canadian intellectual property (“IP”), the Slate Development Program aims to grow and foster the independent production industry. In only 4 years, Bell Fund has supported 149 Canadian independent production companies with over 8M in development funding for over 300 projects. Several of these great Canadian projects have moved into production and secured market partnerships such as Marble Media’s Overlord and the Underwoods, Longhope Media’s Abroad, Sienna Films’ The Porter, Picbois Productions’ Trafic, and Sphère Média’s Épidémie.
Bell Fund is committing over 2.2M for this round of development which includes 90 projects from 34 independent production companies (26 English and 8 French language) from five provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec). We look forward to partnering with this latest group of strong Creators from across Canada.
Bell Fund is committed to supporting a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive industry including support for emerging creators. In this round, 35 percent of funded companies are majority-owned by people identifying as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour; and 65 percent are majority-owned by women.
The following independent production companies received funding under Bell Fund’s Slate Development program:
3B Content, ON, Tara Ellis
Adani Pictures, ON, Rua Wani and Jessica Adams
Alibi DevCor, ON, James Hyslop
Apartment 11 Productions, QC, Jonathan Finkelstein
Ballinran Entertainment, ON, Craig Thompson, Koi Thompson
Caribbean Tales Media Group, ON, Frances Anne Solomon
Ceres Productions, ON, Rebecca Davey
Devonshire Productions, ON, Paula Devonshire
Eagle Vision, MB, Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving
Eva Thomas Inc. , ON, Eva Thomas
Fae Pictures, ON, Shant Joshi
From the Shadows, BC, Sean Ronan and Jordan Waunch
Gorgeous Mistake Productions, NS, Walter Forsyth
Honalee Productions, BC, Tina Pehme and Kim Roberts
Husk Media, ON, Morwyn Brebner and Andrew Akman
Lark Productions, BC, Erin Haskett
LoCo Motion, ON, Lauren Corber
Make Believe Media, BC, Lynn Booth
Noble Television, QC, Nabil Mehchi and Frank Fiorito
Omni Film Drama Development, BC, Michael Chechik
Rachel Bower Productions, NS, Rachel Bower
SILO Entertainment, BC, Mel D’Souza
Sunflower Studios, ON, Kelly Fyffe-Marshal, Iva Golubovic, Sasha Leigh Henry, Tamar Bird
Timeless Pictures, BC, Ben C. Silverman; Alexandre Coscas, Michael R. Goldstein
Window Dreams Productions, ON, Shreya Patel and Rabiya Mansoor
Yap Films, ON, Elliott Halpern
Avanti|Toast; Carpediem Film & TV; Encore Télévision; Idéacom International; Major Productions; Pamplemousse Productions; Productions Ocho; Productions ToRoS
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