IPF distributed $1.8M to digital projects in 2016

English-language productions took $1.15 million of the total, while French-language projects received $689K.

The Independent Production Fund (IPF) distributed $1.8 million across 15 projects in 2016, according to its annual report.

The web series funder backed eight English-language projects to the tune of $1.15 million. The digital productions to receive funding were Loco Motion Pictures’ How to Buy a Baby, Just Focus Films’ Kristal Clear, Lapaire Productions’ People Watching, Yellow Bear Studios’ Riding Hood, She Said Films’s Running With Violet, Save Me Productions’ Save Me, Smiley Guy Studios’ Uberdude and Whiskaye Films’ White Ninja.

On the French-language side, the IPF distributed $689,ooo to seven projects, with Mistral Média’s 100 Amis, Attraction Images’ Game(r), La Récré’s Hypno, Les Productions Coton & Club’s Le temps des chenilles, Blachfilms’ Marc-en-peluche, La Guérilla Polyvalente and Turbulent Média’s Twitch and Bitch all receiving a share of the funding.

According to the report, 12% of the projects that applied for production financing were approved.

In terms of professional development, the IPF distributed $148,500 across 18 productions in 2016.

In 2015, the fund distributed $1,795,725 across 14 projects and the IPF has now invested $62,746,648 across 753 since it was established in 1991.

The application window for 2017 closed on March, with the IPF receiving 184 entrants in total. These 184 will now be whittled down to a shortlist of approximately 30 projects and final funding decisions will be made in the middle of June.