Canada Media Fund invests over $19M in 37 interactive digital media projects

Toronto/Montréal, August 12, 2022 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) today announced an investment of $19.3M for the prototyping and production of 37 Canadian interactive digital media projects. These projects will receive funding through three different programs under the CMF’s Experimental Stream—Innovation & Experimentation, Commercial Projects, and Prototyping.

“Canadian creators are at the leading edge of interactive digital media development and production and the world is taking notice,” says Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “Thanks to the Canada Media Fund’s support, many talented creators can bring their immersive and gaming experiences, software, and enabling technologies to IDM markets around the globe. Congratulations to all the recipients in this round of funding. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!”

Innovation & Experimentation Program

Projects funded by the CMF through our Experimental Stream’s Innovation & Experimentation Program are Canadian interactive or immersive digital media content and software applications that are innovative and leading-edge. $7.4M through the first round of funding of this program will support seven digital media projects.

A jury of specialists evaluated the projects submitted for production support. This round’s jury consisted of Stéphane D’Astous, Annick Dumais, Rochelle Grayson, Scott C. Jones, Marika Laforest, and Elgin-Skye McLaren. Click here to read more about each juror involved in the application evaluation.

For information on the latest projects that received production support, please click here.

Commercial Projects Program

The CMF’s Commercial Projects Program funds interactive and immersive digital media projects that have a high probability of commercial success. Projects are evaluated based on their potential to attain key commercial objectives, demonstrate business opportunity, and achieve profitability. In the first round of funding, the CMF will invest over $7.5M in the production of eight digital media projects—click here to view the full list of projects.

A jury of specialists evaluated the projects submitted for funding. This round’s jury consisted of Catalina Briceño, Veronika Kvon, Annelise Larson, Damien Foui, and Denis Talbot. Click here to read more about each juror involved in the application evaluation.

Prototyping Program

The CMF’s Prototyping Program allocates funding at the early stages of building a product to facilitate demonstrations of the project’s intended functionalities and design. Specifically, this phase is for experimenting, testing, and validating different concepts and hypotheses to arrive at a first functional prototype.

An investment of $4.3M in the first round of funding will enable the development of 22 digital media prototypes, including games, rich interactive media, and software applications.

Click here to access a list of projects that received prototyping support.

For upcoming Experimental Stream program deadlines, click 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 and Public Affairs
Canada Media Fund
aferreira@cmf-fmc.ca

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