The Canada Media Fund (CMF) supports the development and pre-development of Canadian convergent content mainly through its Development Program. This program is part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream. Funding from this program is allocated through broadcaster envelopes and through first-come, first-served programs. Development support has been earmarked within the Aboriginal and Francophone Minority Programs, as well.
Note: funding from all Convergent programs is shown
In 2018-2019, the CMF contributed $9.1M to 234 convergent development projects through Development Envelopes. The average amount of funding committed per project was $39K, $5K higher than last year. English-language projects received $6.6M, 67.7% of which was spent on Drama projects, 15.7% on Children’s & Youth, 15.2% on Documentary, and 1.4% on Variety & Performing Arts projects.. French-language projects received $2.6M, of which 70.7% was spent on Drama projects, 15.5% on Documentary projects, and 13.8% on Children’s & Youth.
The Pre-development Program is a new program established to support all producers in preparation of documents to present to broadcasters at the early stages of development. Funds were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 89 English projects were funded with $1,158K. French producers received $250K for 13 projects. The average contribution per project was $14K.
Quebec French Regional Development Program
A total of $235K in development funding was committed to 8 projects in Québec outside of Montreal through the Québec French Regional Development Program on a first-come, first-served basis.
Northern Incentive – Development
The Northern Incentive for projects from the northern territories funded 4 development-stage projects with $118K. The funds were committed on a first-come, first-served basis.