août 26, 2015
Earlier this month, The Cogeco Fund announced a new mentoring program for the development of web series. The Development and Packaging Mentorship Program is designed to fill the funding gap in the digital production industry in Canada by encouraging producers of web drama series to be pitch ready in order to attract financing partners, targeted distribution platforms, and talent. To be eligible, the applicant must be a team of at least one writer and producer, and the project must be a fictional series.
The Canada Media Fund supports interactive web series through a variety of programs targeted to encourage multi-platform projects including international co-development and co-production incentives. The Independent Production Fund provides training, development, production and marketing funding and the Bell New Media Fund also supports development, production and marketing.
Manitoba Film and Music was one of the first Provincial agencies to support web series. Producers can apply for development and production funding. Web series are also eligible for the Manitoba Film and Video Tax Credit as long as they meet regular eligibility criteria.
There are an increasing number of markets and festivals that include web series, below is a list of a few in Canada and elsewhere. Currently, the web-series Coproduction Forum during the Tous Écrans Festival in Geneva (November 6-14, 2015) is accepting applications until September 22, 2015 for more information visit here.
During the spring, Vancouver Webfest and the To Webfest celebrate web series, as well as the Numix Competition in Quebec (May) and the Banff World Media Festival with the Rockie Awards (June). In December, the Digi Awards in Toronto showcase unique Canadian projects.
In Europe, three key festivals take place during the fall: the Raindance Webfest in London, UK is considered as one of the growing digital festival; the Marseille Webfest in France who selects only fictional works and is a partner of the LAWEBFEST in Los Angeles and the FESTIVAL TOUS ÉCRANS in Geneva, Switzerland who offers the most complete panorama of interactive content.