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The Independent Production Fund and its evaluators have reviewed the 195 proposals for web series funding which were submitted this year from across Canada. Over 40 industry professionals, consultants and advanced media students selected a short-list of twenty-seven (27) projects, including 16 English-language and 11 French-language web series. In addition, several web series previously funded by the IPF will be eligible to apply for second season financing. The selected short-listed projects are now invited to submit complete Production Applications by May 4, 2015. An international Jury will evaluate these proposals and the Board of Directors of the IPF will make final funding decisions in June.

Andra Sheffer, CEO of the IPF noted that “the variety and strength of the proposals was very impressive, and our congratulations go to all of the 195 applicants who produced such high quality proof-of-concept videos and thoughtful proposals. The IPF’s web series funding program is very competitive and the selection process is daunting.”

List of short-listed projects:

Bonheur plan d’pauvre
Comedy
QC
Roméo & Fils
Virginie Nolin

The CatHood
Comedy
NS
Shut Up & Colour Pictures
Marc Tetreault, Jason Levangie, Jay Dahl, Bill Niven, Struan Sutherland

Chorea
Mystery/Thriller
ON
Touchpoint Films
Sara Basso, Brad Dworkin, Mina Sewell Mancuso, Emma Sutherland, Peter Harvey, Kevin Saffer

DemonX
Fantasy
BC
Frostbite Pictures
Artino Ahmadi, Jason Fischer

Deux pigistes en cavale
Comedy
QC
Les Pigistes
Véronique Chaumont

Dhaliwal ’15
Comedy
ON
Vahana Films
Amita Zamaan, Rute Michael, Jasmeet Singh, Ifran Ali

Écrivain Public
Drama, Comedy
QC
Productions Babel
Marco Frascarelli

Epic Studios
Comedy, Musical
ON
Farmhouse Productions & Duopoly Canada
Kent Sobey, Catherine Tait, Josh Gal

Halcyon
Drama, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction
ON
Secret Location
James Milward, Noora Abu Eitah, Marty Flanagan, Stefan Grambart

Haunters
Comedy, Musical
ON
Fauxhemian Films
J. Adam Brown, Blain Watters, Davin Lengyel

Inheritance
Drama, Mystery/Thriller
BC
Daniel Arnold Productions
Daniel Arnold, Marisa Smith, Darrell Dennis

Jeux de pouvoir
Comedy
QC
Attraction images
Micho Marquis-Rose

Marc-en-peluche
Teen
QC
Blachfilms
Vincent Lafortune, Benoît Lach

Les Millionnaires
Comedy
QC
Urbania
Raphaëlle Huysmans

Mouvement Deluxe
Comedy
QC
SPORT
Johannie Deschambault

Mutha
Comedy
ON
Artsy Fartsy Productions Inc.
Sonia Hong, Allia McLeod, Elizabeth Whitmere, Martin Rubio, Jennifer Neales, Dave Lazar, Mandy May Cheetham, Deborah Jarvis

My 90 Year Old Roommate
Comedy
ON
Slow Clap Films
Daniel Rattner, Ethan Cole, Josh Shultz

Open Season
Comedy
ON
Open Season Productions
Nile Seguin, Aisha Alfa, Donnie Mullins, Kevin Saffer

Petrol
Drama, Myster/Thriller
ON
N5 Pictures
Ant Horasanli, Reza Sholeh

Les Pouceux
Comedy
QC
Antoine Desjardins-Cauchon
Antoine Desjardins-Cauchon, Alexandre Bouchard, Odrée Rousseau

Resurrectionist
Mystery/Thriller
ON
Farmer Vision
Meghan Armstrong, Cameron Maitland, Nicholas Bradford-Ewart

SHARP
Comedy, Drama
QC
Groupe Kelvin
Julien Hurteau

The Standoff
Comedy, Drama
ON
Unstoppable Urges Productions and From Here Productions
Kelli Kieley, Mary Lewis, Brad Gover

Squadron 86
Science Fiction
ON
Space Mop
Davin Lengyel

Switch & Bitch
Comedy
QC
Les films Encyclopédine
Catherine Vien-Labeaume

White Ninja
Comedy
BC
Whiskaye Films
Jameson Parker, David Kaye, Tyler Funk

Y’a pas d’âge
Drama
QC
Turbulent
Claire Buffet, Sophie Galipeau

The Independent Production Fund thanks all of the evaluators for undertaking this selection challenge and sharing their insights and viewing experiences.

The IPF invests approximately $1.5M in the production of 12 – 15 web series each year. These series represent all demographics and genres, including action, animation, thriller, comedy and science fiction. They use social media to share and promote to their audiences and also offer a variety of interactive activities for viewers. The web series previously funded can be accessed at www.ipf.ca/webseries.

The IPF has invested over $58 M in the production of television and web drama series in the past 24 years. It is incorporated as a charitable foundation with an endowment valued at $36 M. It uses the interest generated by endowment and return on its project investments for its annual operations and project funding. The Board of Directors is composed of representatives from the industry and undertakes all funding decisions.

For further information:

Andra Sheffer
416 977 8966
asheffer@ipf.ca

Claire Dion
514 845 4334
cdion@ipf.ca

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