Canada Media Fund invests $10.7M in 19 audiovisual projects by racialized creators

Toronto/Montréal, August 10, 2022 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) today announced an investment of $10.7M through our Pilot Program for Racialized Communities (PPRC) for 19 screen projects by production companies owned and controlled by Black people and People of Colour.

The Pilot Program for Racialized Communities, which forms part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream, recognizes the historic barriers members of equity-seeking communities face and is designed to support the growth of English- and French-language audiovisual production by underrepresented creators.

“The CMF has made—and will continue to make—every effort necessary to ensure Canada’s racialized storytellers can bring their stories to screens here at home and beyond our borders,” says Tamara Dawit, Vice-President of Inclusion and Growth at the CMF. “Providing over $10M in financing for the second year of the Pilot Program for Racialized Communities is an important step towards establishing an equitable funding ecosystem in Canada.”

The CMF will provide PPRC funding to production companies based in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec, and Saskatchewan, with a total of 12 projects in English and seven in French. Click here to access a list of projects that received funding through this program.

English-language projects were evaluated by a jury of representatives from racialized communities. The jury was composed by Juan Baquero, Ravida Din, Selin Murat, Mara Gourd-Mercado, Tonya Williams, and Aonan Yang. French-language projects were evaluated by jury members Carla Beauvais, Larissa Christoforo, Feven Ghebremariam, and Jaime Alberto Tobon.

Together, the jury members possess decades of experience in the screen-based sector, and represent a diversity of backgrounds, including in audiovisual production, academia, and activism. To learn more about the jurors involved in the English-language projects, please click here. For French-language jurors, please click here.

The CMF’s Pilot Program for Racialized Communities specific to development and predevelopment opens September 13, 2022—learn more here.

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. To learn more, please visit cmf-fmc.ca.

For press inquiries, please contact:

André Ferreira
Senior Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
Canada Media Fund
aferreira@cmf-fmc.ca

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