The Bell Fund Announces the Results of the April 8, 2019 Deadline for the Short-Form Digital Series – Fiction Program.

Toronto, (Ontario), Montréal (Québec),18 June 2019.  The board of directors of the Bell Fund has announced its decisions for the April 8, 2019 round of applicants. Over $2.4M in grants has been approved including over $640,000 to support the discoverability plans for the series. Supporting audience engagement strategies is a priority for the fund.

14 independent production companies are being supported across 8 English language and 6 French language projects. Included in this funding are projects from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

1. The following English language projects received production and discoverability grants under the Bell Fund’s Short-Form Digital Series (Fiction) program:

Band Ladies
Moon Astronaut Studios
Highball TV
7 x 9 min
A group of women, fed up and on the cusp of middle age, turn their book club into a punk rock band.
Counterfeit Pictures
6 x 15 min
A comedic mockumentary web series that follows an array of deeply committed competitors as they strive to win the prestigious (in their minds) Northern Alberta Duck Decoy Carving Competition.
Detention Adventure (Season 2)
LoCo Motion Pictures
10 x 11 min
Mystery and adventure strike again when three seventh grade nerds and the (former) school bully scour their Canadian town in search of a famous philanthropist’s hidden gold.
Ghost BFF (Season 2)
Babe Nation Films
9 x 7 min
A dark comedy about two women--one alive, one dead--across space and time as they struggle to find themselves and right past wrongs.
Gravestone: The Gambler
First Nation Films
6 x 5 min
A gambler’s dream of hitting the jackpot becomes his living nightmare.
Heavy Metal Hitchhiker
Banger Films
BangerTV - YouTube
8 x 5 min
After finding his favourite metal band's guitar, Mitch decides to return it in hopes of proving to them that he's worthy of joining their tour as their new roadie.
Hotel Bellacombe
Tilt9 Entertainment
Convos With My 2 year Old - YouTube
6 x 11 min
The staff and patrons of a boutique hotel are featured in a Gordon Ramsay-esque TV show called “Horror-tel.” As the egomaniacal host tries to fix the hotel, the dysfunctional staff, struggle to keep everything running smoothly.
Slo Pitch
Boss & Co
KindaTV - YouTube
15 x 6 min
The captain of a slow pitch beer league team tries to lead her team to their first ever victory.

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

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

Dominos (Season 2)
Deux par deux Production
6 x 9 min
Je voudrais qu’on m’efface
Babel Films
7 x 15 min
La Dump
Jelly Bean Media
HG Distribution
12 x 4 min
Le Killing (Season 2)
Coproduction La Corp KOTV
10 x 12 min
Les Fleuristes
Ugo Media
6 x 8 min
Top Dogs: Homicide
8 x 7 min

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 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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