Canada Media Fund and Independent Production Fund team up to support the development of new scripted short-form series

Toronto, August 8, 2019 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) will strategically partner with the Independent Production Fund (IPF) on a recently announced Development Packaging Program designed to support the development of high quality, Canadian, original, scripted short-form drama series. This collaboration will leverage resources from both organizations in order to encourage more positive outcomes in the development of this booming format. The budget of the Development Packaging Program: Short Form Scripted Series is set at $600,000. Click here to access the guidelines.

"After assessing the market needs for programs supporting short-form series at various stages of production, the CMF launched its Web Series Program in 2016. We now see a need to provide additional support for this type of content at the development stage,” said Nathalie Clermont, Vice-president Programs and Business Development, CMF. “This partnership is a natural fit for the CMF given the IPF’s keen knowledge of the short-form series format, their familiarity with Canadian creators working in this space, and their understanding of the challenges and opportunities creators face."

"Together the IPF and CMF partnership strengthens our joint commitment to the serious business of development,” noted Andra Sheffer, CEO of the IPF.  “It will enable us to finance and support a wider range of creative projects with potential for success."

The focus of the program is to support outstanding story-driven content by providing funding that will enhance the development of strong creative materials, encourage the incubation of new talents and the participation of experienced professionals, provide opportunities for insightful business development and establish the quality and reputation of projects proceeding through the program.

To be eligible for support, projects must be new and original; be conceived as scripted, episodic short-form dramatic content with multiple episodes and episodic running times that are less than 20 minutes; have a confirmed creative team at the time of application and be developed in either English or in French.

The maximum funding available for each eligible project is $30,000. Applications will be initially evaluated by a Selection Committee overseen by the IPF with final decisions made by representatives from the IPF and the CMF.

The deadline to apply is March 2, 2020.

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. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit


For more information, please contact:

Andra Sheffer, CEO
Independent Production Fund
416 977 8966

Media Contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund

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