The Independent Production Fund announces funding for 15 web drama series

June 18, 2012

The IPF Board of Directors approved funding for 15 scripted drama series (10 English / 5 French) designed and produced for exploitation on the web and is making equity investments of $1.5 M in these projects.  This unique funding program, which was created in 2010 is encouraging experimentation and evaluating potential for high quality, story driven drama for web audiences.

The selection process required the evaluation of 153applications which were short-listed to 31 web series from both digital media and traditional television production companies from across the country.  An international jury, industry evaluators and the Board evaluated projects based on content, production styles and processes, formats, business and promotion models, audience and revenue potential. The 2012 international jury included Liz Rosenthal and Tishna Molla (Power to the Pixel, UK), Veronica Holmes (ZenithOptimedia, Canada), Paul Ronca (Just For Laughs, Canada), Christy Dena (Universe Creation 101, Australia), Guillaume Aniorté (Tribal Nova, Canada), Julie Laferrière (Cliquez, Canada) and Stéphane Bataillon (Groupe Bayard, France).

The selected projects represent a range of genres including comedy, adventure, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy for different target demographics and distribution platforms.

The IPF has established a “Wip dashboard” linking to all of its funded web series. To see the 2010 & 2011 projects, go to www.ipf.ca/webseries

The following productions are the recipients of the IPF’s 2012 web drama series program:

Project Title

Production Company /  Producers / Creators

1000 jours

10 x 10 minutes
QC

Productions Babel inc.

Producer: Marco Frascarelli
Writers: Eric Piccoli, Mario Ramos, Julien Deschamps Jolin

But I’m Chris Jericho

10 x 4 minutes
ON

Insight Production Company Inc.

Producers: Shannon Farr, Chris Jericho
Writers: Gary Rideout Jr., Craig Brown, Bob Kerr

La Brigadière

12 x 3-5 minutes
QC

Productions Pixcom inc.

Producer: Nadine Dufour
Writer: Barclay Fortin

Everyone’s Famous

7 x 7 minutes
NS

Gorgeous Mistake Productions Inc.

Producers: Walter Forsyth, Angus Swantee, Andrew Bush
Writer: Andrew Bush

Guidestones – Season 2

40 x 3 minutes
ON

iThentic Canada & 3o’clock.tv

Producers: Jay Ferguson, Jonas Diamond, Lisa Baylin
Writers: Jay Ferguson, Jeremy Diamond

Juliette en direct – Season 3

10 x 3-5 mins
QC

Le Productions Passez Go inc.

Producer: Vicky Bounadère
Writer: Yvan DeMuy

Just Passing Through

12 x 8 minutes
PEI

Rear Gear Productions

Producers: Jeremy Larter, Geoff Read, Adam Perry, Michael Kennedy
Writers: Jeremy Larter, Geoff Read, Joe Cobden, Amy Rutherford, Jason Larter, Robbie Carruthers, Dominique Girouard, Taylor Clarke

Long Story, Short

10 x 5 minutes
ON

Long Story Short Productions

Producers: Gail Harvey, Katie Boland, Shelly Gillen, Russell Bennett
Writer: Katie Boland

Manigances – Season 2

8 x 9 minutes
QC

Productions Kebweb.tv

Producers: Isabel Dréan, Simon Côté
Writer: Ghislain O’Prêtre

Mila’s Fountain

11 x 8 minutes
SK

Homeside Productions & Wolf Tree Media

Producers: Leanne Schinkel, Nils Sorensen
Writer: Nils Sorensen

Motel Chevreuil

8 x 6-8 minutes
QC

Les Productions Noir de Monde

Producer: Jean-François Aubé
Writers: Jean-François Aubé, Nicolas Fournier

S.O.S. Save Our Skins

30 x 3 minutes
ON

Farmhouse Productions, Duopoly Canada Inc. & Baby Cow Productions

Producers: Kent Sobey, Catherine Tait
Writer: Derek Harvie

Space Janitors – Season 2

8 x 10 minutes
ON

Space Mop

Producers: Davin Lengyel, Geoff Lapaire
Writer: Geoff Lapaire, Andy Hull

Unlikely Heroes

8 x 5 minutes
ON

Smokebomb Entertainment

Producers: Daniel Dales, Jay Bennett, Jarrett Sherman
Writers: Tim Burns, Miles Smith, Graham Seater

Versus Valerie

12 x 7 minutes
ON

Sexy Nerd Girl Inc.

Producer: Mike Fly
Writers: Stephanie Kaliner, Simon Fraser

 

 

The IPF also continues to support training and professional development activities.   The following organizations received professional development grants:

Organization Events
Atlantic Film Festival Strategic Partners
Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) 27th Film & TV Forum
National Screen Institute NSI Training Webisodes

The Independent Production Fund is incorporated as a private foundation with charitable status. It operates on the interest generated by a $33 M endowment, and by recoupment from its investments. An independent Board of Directors representing the industry oversees the operations of the fund and makes all investment decisions.

Funding partners for the Pilot Web Series Program included Film Nova Scotia, SaskFilm and Innovation PEI.

  

 

The IPF also administers the COGECO Program Development Fund and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.

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Andra Sheffer

416-977-8966

asheffer@ipf.ca

Claire Dion

514-845-4334

cdion@ipf.ca