18 Francophone productions from outside Québec get over $4.7 million in funding

Toronto, November 28, 2013 – A total of 18 Francophone productions from outside Québec will receive over $4.7 million in funding through the Canada Media Fund’s Francophone Minority Program. This program encourages creation of productions that reflect the everyday realities of living in French-language communities outside Quebec.

Ten productions present the realities of French-language communities across Canada
Children and teens will enjoy watching Le 5e Élément to see two teams compete as they learn more about French-language communities across Canada. Viewers can complement their TV experience on the web, as well as through a mobile application and an e-book.

Three-part documentary series Histoires francophones gives viewers an overview of language rights in Canada and takes a look at the progress that has been made in this field over the last 30 years. The program’s website – Droit comme un F – will lead visitors to discover how certain legal victories enabled minority communities to thrive. French Canada’s history continues with the Rêve de Champlain docu-drama series presenting Samuel de Champlain’s fascinating universe and the amazing navigational accomplishments that brought him to New France. A mobile application of the same name encourages everyone to learn more about this important historical figure.

One-of-a-kind documentary Jeunes philanthropes demystifies the little-known world of philanthropy by following a group of Francophones age 30 and under as they set out to save the world one good deed at a time. Nature lovers will delight in discovering 13 beautiful gardens growing in French-language communities across Canada and the regions they call home in the Sur la route des jardins  documentary series. The show’s interactive component encourages visitors to ask questions online, take part in quizzes, watch exclusive videos and help tend to virtual community gardens.

The Pour l’amour du country series presents the audience with 12 exclusive in-depth interviews with performers in typical country settings. Video capsules will also be accessible through the main ARTVRAMA application, enabling users to see more of the regions where the interviews were conducted by using the app’s geolocation capabilities.

Seven productions from the Atlantic Provinces explore nature, health and wellness, and French-language communities
A visually stunning film unlike any other, La baie des merveilles sets out to thrill viewers by introducing them to the Bay of Fundy’s magnificent landscape and the many amazing natural phenomena that occur there. Documentary series Champs libres introduces the audience to the new farming methods to counter the globalization of the agrifood industry. The online platform for the series will become a meeting place for those who are passionate about getting food direct from the earth to their plate.

La vie au sommet is a breathtaking documentary that follows a group of researchers to the peak of the Appalachian Mountain Range as they study three bird species that live there. Documentary film Une expérience pour la vie takes a look at the fascinating experiment using visualization to counter childhood stress that has been going strong for more than 25 years now.

Humour en Acadie introduces viewers to a variety of Acadian comedy performers by showing them on set and in a more intimate setting during interviews.

Join young actor, poet and musician Gabriel Robichaud as he sets out to meet Americans of Acadian descent to find out how their people integrated, contributed to, and continue to contribute to US society in the documentary miniseries Acadie l’Américaine.

Discover Franco-Ontarians through five documentary-style productions
J’habite ici introduces the audience to a variety of characters that enable them to discover what daily life is like in different French-speaking neighbourhoods in Toronto and other Ontario cities. The web component for the series will include a gallery of stunning pictures, fun facts and information, as well as a list of favourite spots to visit in each featured city.

Qu’est-ce qu’on sauve cette semaine? presents viewers with two different yet complementary stories of Franco-Ontarians dedicated to saving endangered animal and plant species. The website for the series will introduce visitors to organizations dedicated to saving a particular species or preserving part of their heritage.

Toronto: la guerre contre la bicyclette explores the city’s biking culture, looks into driver complaints and presents viewers with the feelings and opinions of city dwellers and suburbanites alike. The production then compares Toronto and Montreal in order to find out why Montreal is considered the most bike-friendly metropolis in all of North America.

Three documentaries showcase Western Canadian Francophones
Cloche de Batoche presents viewers with testimony given by the current owner of the bell, a Métis symbol that was taken from its people in 1885 and later returned to its home in 1991. The captivating story of Oblate Brother André Goussaert, the missionary who worked in remote regions of Nunavut in the 50s and 60s and founded the first co-op in the Far North, will be told in Le Correspondant du Grand NordLes crimes de l’Ouest is a chilling three-part series exposing the harsh and violent world that lies between civilisation and wilderness.

For more information – including complete synopses, producer credits, filming regions and funding commitments, please click here to visit the CMF’s Funded Projects page.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. Please visit www.cmf-fmc.ca.

The CMF’s Canadaonscreen.ca is a website designed to showcase and celebrate Canadian creative talent and content destined for all types of screens, from television productions to games, Web content and software and applications.


For more information, please contact:

Pierre Campeau
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund

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