September 28, 2017
The Bell Fund has launched the first of four pilot programs in response to the CRTC’s update of the Policy Framework for Certified Independent Production Funds. The Short-Form Digital Series Non-Fiction Program will provide a grant up to $150,000 for original documentaries, lifestyle and factual programming that have a maximum length of 15 minutes per episode and a minimum of six episodes. To be eligible a producer now has more platform options, including a CRTC licensed Canadian broadcaster-owned digital platform, hybrid VOD services and digital platforms accessible to Canadians. The deadline for applications is November 13, 2017.
The next deadlines are February 1, 2018 for its Development Programs (Slate Development, Webdocs Development) and May 7, 2018 for the second deadline of the Short-Form Digital Series, fiction (comedy, drama). The Bell Fund will continue to support TV series by committing a significant portion of its funding to the launch of a new program, also with a May 7 deadline.