SECTION A – WEB SERIES PROGRAM

Does the IPF fund dramatic television series?

Yes! As of January 2018, thanks to BDU contributions from Cogeco Communications. The IPF continues its Web Drama Series Program as well.

Can I upload my “Proof of Concept” video to multiple websites?

Yes. However, please make sure you tell us all the URLs. If we do not know all the places where the video is uploaded we won’t have a complete picture of total views and comments.

Can I upload my “Proof of Concept” video before the March deadline?

Yes. The video just needs to be up for the month of March at a minimum. Throughout March is when we will actually be looking at the videos.

Does my “Proof of Concept” video have to be made public or can it be unlisted/password protected?

The videos must be public. We will gauge the public’s reaction to your series via views, comments and your audience engagement. Additionally, it’s a great opportunity for you to see how the public receives your series and if they have any useful feedback.

Do we have to use our finalized cast in the “Proof of Concept” video?

No. You may want to use your cast but it is not necessary.

Will the “Proof of Concept” with the most views get funding?

Not necessarily. Views are just one of the factors that are considered in the evaluation of applications. Quality of the creative content, engagement strategies and the concept are the primary factors being considered.

I have something online already – can I still apply?

Yes, if it fulfills our criteria for a “proof of concept” video. It should be roughly 2 minutes. You must provide audience analysis for the period March 1-31 if you are short-listed.

Do I need to have confirmed financing?

It is not required, but it is preferable if you have other sources of confirmed funding.

Does broadcaster involvement help?

Any other sources of confirmed funding, including broadcasters, digital channels, portals, sponsors, etc. will help in the evaluations of the application.

Can a producer re-apply if they are unsuccessful at one deadline?

Yes, if there are “significant changes”. We do recommend that you contact the Fund for feedback on the original application before resubmitting.

How many proposals can a single production company submit?

You may only submit one web series project per production company, annually.

Do you ever award less money than requested, or is it an all-or-nothing process?

The IPF may offer you less funding than requested, depending on the budget of the project, the funding available, and the number of approved projects. You may decide to accept the IPF offer or not.

What is the time-frame between the application deadline and decision?

The short-list of finalists for web series is announced in early April.  The final funding decisions are announced in mid to late June.

We announce funding decisions for Professional Development approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline dates.

How do you judge the applications?

An independent industry Selection Committee evaluates all projects at the Proposal stage (Stage 1). Each project is evaluated based on quality, creative material, business and marketing plan, recoupment potential, other funding, digital strategies, etc.  The IPF’s Board of Directors reviews all applications and recommendations to select a short-list of finalists.   The finalists are invited to submit full, detailed applications (Stage 2) that are evaluated by an international jury with final funding decisions made by the Board of Directors.

How much money do you invest?

There are no formal maximum or minimum amounts. IPF funding is in the form of equity investments which tend to average between 25% to 75% of budgets of web series ranging from $75,000 to $150,000.  But, this is only a guideline and there are always exceptions.

Do you fund any type of documentary or documentary series?

No. We only fund drama series created primarily for the web or mobile platforms, which are scripted and performed by actors.

How do you define Dramatic Series?

Dramatic series are defined in the broadest sense to include sitcoms, animation, children and adult series. Even some docudramas are possible if a significant component of the production is dramatized. Drama means fictionalized, scripted material performed by actors.

Who is eligible for funding?

You must be a Canadian independent producer or a Canadian incorporated company.

What do you fund?

The Independent Production Fund provides equity financing for dramatic series created for the web or mobile platforms. The IPF also funds television drama series through the IPF’s Cogeco Production Program.

The IPF’s Professional Development program supports professional development activities for not-for-profit organizations that undertake training and promotional programs to further develop dramatic production skills and recognition with a focus on web and/or mobile dramatic content.

Where does the money come from?

In 1990 Maclean Hunter Limited made an endowment in perpetuity to encourage Canadian television drama programming. The Independent Production Fund now operates with this endowment, valued at $36,000,000. The interest from this endowment, as well as recoupment from productions, provides approximately $2M per year for investments in series. The Independent Production Fund is a completely independent, private foundation with charitable status.

SECTION B – COGECO TV PRODUCTION PROGRAM

Does the IPF fund dramatic television series?

Yes! As of January 2018, thanks to BDU contributions from Cogeco Communications. The IPF continues its Web Drama Series Program as well.

Can a producer re-apply if they are unsuccessful at one deadline?

Yes, if there are “significant changes”. We do recommend that you contact the Fund for feedback on the original application before resubmitting.

What is Cogeco?

COGECO Inc. is a Quebec-based diversified communications company. Through its various subsidiaries, COGECO provides cable, internet and telephone services to customers in Ontario and Quebec, and also holds interest in various television and radio stations.

What does the Cogeco TV Production Program finance?

The Production Program provides an EQUITY INVESTMENT for the production of dramatic series and mini-series.

Where does the funding come from?

Cogeco Communications makes annual BDU contributions to the IPF, as required by the CRTC, to finance this program.

How much money can I apply for?

The Cogeco TV Production Program generally contributes a maximum of $250,000 for series.

Do you ever award less money than requested, or is it an all-or-nothing process?

ou less funding than requested, depending on the budget of the project, the funding available, and the number of approved projects. You may decide to accept the IPF offer or not.

Which office do I submit my application to?

The Toronto Office manages English-language programming for all of Canada. The Montreal Office manages French-language programming for all of Canada. You may submit your application to either office, but note that your file will be transferred to the appropriate office (ie – if you are based in Montreal, submitting for an English project, you may send your file to the Montreal Office, but it will be forwarded to the Toronto Office for evaluation, and administration if your application is successful).

When do I repay the IPF?

Production EQUITY INVESTMENTS are repayable according to a negotiated recoupment schedule, based on revenues to the production. In general, the IPF prefers a first tier position at a level to be negotiated.

Who is eligible to apply?

In the Production Program, only independent producers can apply for funding. They must have a broadcast licence for every project submitted, and should have previous drama series experience.

When are the funding decisions announced?

We announce funding decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline dates.

How many applications can a production company submit?

In the Production Program, you may submit multiple projects per deadline, but if there are a large number of eligible projects, you will, in effect, be “competing against yourself”.

Do you give preference to bilingual projects?

Yes. Certainly we have funded numerous projects in only French or English, but if your proposal is in both languages, that is a definite advantage.

Do you fund DEVELOPMENT?

Not at this stage

What are your measures of success?

Measures of success include but are not limited to:

  • Audience numbers
  • international sales
  • revenues
  • critical acclaim
  • awards
  • third party financing
  • continued market interest
  • licences