Bell Fund distributes $4.3M across 23 projects

Among the projects receiving funding are Becoming Canadian, produced by eOne and Antica Productions for CBC.

The Bell Fund has distributed more than $4.3 million across 23 projects and their digital media components, including Becoming Canadian, produced by eOne and Antica Productions for CBC, and Arm Nation, which is produced by Picture This Productions for APTN.

In total, 10 English-language projects received financial support through the Bell Fund’s Production Program, with the new season of DHX Studios’ Degrassi: Next Class (Family Channel) receiving funding. Subject Chaser Films’ Family Camera (TVO, Knowledge), Sinking Ship Entertainment’s Giver 150 (TVO) and the second season of Architect Films’ Home to Win (HGTV Canada) also received funding, as did season 10 of Shaftesbury’s Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and Rainmaker Entertainment’s Reboot: The Guardian Code (YTV).

Two projects from Apartment 11 Productions, both for TVO, also received funding through the Bell Fund’s Production Program: 20 x 7-minute series Raven’s Quest and its accompanying website, and season two of The Mystery Files.

The Bell Fund also gave professional development funding to Interactive Ontario’s research study “Measuring Success: The Impact of the Interactive Digital Media Sector in Ontario” and the ACCT’s 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.

On the French side, seven projects received funding, including Coco TV’s Arrive en campagne (TVA), 1R2D’s Catastophe (Super Écran), Productions Avenida’s Jenny (UNIS), Zone 3′s MTL (Télé-Québec), the second season of URBANIA’s Sexplora (ICI Explora), Prestigo Médias’ Par ici la magie (ICI Radio-Canada) and Productions KOTV’s Véro Show (ICI Radio-Canada).

Echo Média’s Bêtes de sexe (Télé-Québec) also received development funding, while Alliance Médias Jeunesse’s Conférence Média-Jeunes 2016 and doc fest RIDM also received professional development funding.

The 23 approved projects were selected from 41 applications.