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CMF partners with Creative B.C. and CMPA to boost industry in British Columbia

January 23, 2020

Toronto, January 23, 2020 – The Canada Media Fund, Creative B.C. and CMPA are partnering to support early-stage development of children’s and youth, and scripted drama projects. Click here to access the guidelines.

The Creative BC-CMF Regional Predevelopment Program is the first time the CMF has partnered with a provincial funding body and the CMPA, recognizing the strength and maturity of B.C.’s screen-based industry.

The Program is designed to make it easier for producers to access funding, as it does not initially require secured support of a broadcaster. Eligible activities include research, script development, hiring a scriptwriter and travel to pitch or market a project.

The Program budget is set at $400,000. B.C.-based producers will be eligible for up to $30,000 in support for early stage development. Applications for financing in this Program must be submitted by March 11, 2020.

Quotes:

Valerie Creighton, president and CEO of Canada Media Fund
“The Canada Media Fund is committed to supporting the B.C. production community. There is an enormous wealth of talent and know-how in this province and this program will assist B.C. storytellers to thrive in the global, borderless marketplace. We’re thrilled to partner with Creative BC and CMPA-BC on this initiative and look forward to seeing the projects we’ll support eventually go into production.”

Lisa Beare, British Columbia Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
"B.C. producers play a key role in our thriving TV sector, and we want to help them get more projects off the ground. This new Creative BC program leverages federal funding to give our B.C.-based producers more flexibility and more opportunities when developing projects."

Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC
“This is an exciting partnership that reflects commitment to the success of B.C.-based production companies. With this pilot program we’re uniting to design new collaborations that bring federal support to the province for the domestic sector.”

Liz Shorten, chief operating officer, Canadian Media Producers Association - BC Producers Branch 
"Leveraging additional support to develop intellectual property development in B.C. is a key part of ensuring a strong, independent production sector, and CMPA-BC is pleased to partner on this pilot initiative."

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For more information, please contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund
[email protected]
(416) 554-2768

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Government Communications and Public Engagement
(250) 208-4309

Karin Watson 
Creative BC
[email protected]
(604) 730-2250

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