Pitch Readiness Program for Multi-Episode Productions

By mmuise
Description:

This program will assist producers of multi-episode productions that have not yet obtained broadcaster or distributor financial support to prepare the strongest pitch presentations possible. The assistance will take the form of recoupable loans.


Comments on Funding:

Eligible Production Companies may receive up to the following per project caps:
1. Up to $10,000 per project for scripted, fictional programming (including drama, comedy, and scripted children’s programming); and
2. Up to $5,000 per project for non-fiction programming (documentary, variety, children’s non-fiction programming).

Deadline: Continuous Intake
Eligibility:

The applicant must:

  • be a resident Manitoba producer, defined as a producer who operates a production company in Manitoba that is majority owned and controlled by Manitoba residents. Note: Applications must be submitted by an eligible Manitoba resident producer;
  • have a minimum of two years of production experience as a producer and have previously produced at least one project (minimum 30 minutes in broadcast length), which has been either screened by a major network (such as CBC, CTV, Shaw, etc.) or distributed by a recognized distributor (such as eOne, Mongrel, Lionsgate, etc.);
  • have proof of ownership in the underlying property and the necessary, corresponding current rights or options to develop, produce and exploit the production throughout the world (may be shared in the case of codevelopment applications).
  • have eligible projects, including:
    a) be a series or mini-series (a minimum of two thematically connected
    episodes);
    b) be a scripted and fictional (drama or comedy), documentary, variety, or
    children’s production;
    c) be live-action or animation;
    d) be in early concept/development stages without the financial
    participation of a broadcaster or distributor;
    e) be primarily intended for broadcast, be it television or web-based;
    f) stronger television applications will contain convergent elements
    (elements on different media, derived from the required television
    component).
  • Producers who do not meet this requirement but who are judged to have equivalent experience (including experience in interactive digital media) may be deemed eligible at MFM’s sole discretion. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate this.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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Other Things to Note:

There is no set deadline, applications can be sent in throughout the year.

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