CMF allocates $14.6 M to 31 Indigenous and Francophone projects

CMF committed $8.9 million in production funding to 16 projects through its Indigenous program and $5.7 million to 15 project in its Francophone Minority program.

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has invested $14.6 million in production funding to 31 Indigenous and Francophone minority projects.

Out of the $14.6 million, the CMF has allocated $8.9 million towards 16 Indigenous projects in the children’s and youth, documentary, and drama genres through its Indigenous Program. Another $5.7 million has been provided to 15 French-language productions located outside of Quebec through its Francophone Minority Program.

Among the Indigenous projects is Uiksaringitara (Wrong Husband) from Nunavut-based Kingulliit Productions, which received $750,000. Toronto-based prodco Chums Media Inc.’s series, Chums, also secured $750,000.

Meanwhile, Nunavut-based Taqqut Productions’ children’s series, Tuktu’s Journey, secured $712,928; and Indigrams, produced by Saskatchewan-based Landslide Entertainment, was given $700,000.

Seven Indigenous projects each received $550,000 including One Dish, One Spoon from Toronto-based Big Soul Production; The Knowing, produced by Toronto-based Makwa Creative; and Pow Wow Chow, produced by Katery Legault and Sarah Fodey.

B.C.-based project Water Worlds from Water Worlds Production, and Alberta-based Sagacious Media’s fifth instalment of the documentary series Red Earth Uncovered also secured the funding.

Montreal-based Rezolution Pictures International Inc. documentary Coming Home and season three of Gespe’Gewa’Gi: The Last Land series both picked up $550,000 in support.

Additionally, Nadaamaadis: Red Power Rising, a documentary from Makwa Creative, got $500,000, while the Nunavut-based drama Mangittatuarjuk (Mangittatuarjuk Productions), picked up $497,475. Season two of 7th Gen, produced by Winnipeg-based Eagle Vision, secured $492,102. Rounding out the titles, Sur Le Terrain, produced by Julie O’Bomsawin and Richard Speer, received $344,260; while Pitoteyihtam from Quebec-based Terre Innue Productions received $286,181.

The Francophone Minority Program saw one of the projects, Monde de Gabrielle Roy, receive $1.4 million. Produced by Manitoba-based Les Productions Rivard, the production funding will be used for the series’ second season.

Manitoba-based Manito Media’s two projects also secured support: season two of La Brigade received $710,963, and season two of documentary series La Faune Connectée was given $389,295. Season two of documentary 180, produced by Marie-Pierre Gariépy received $550,000 for production in Ontario, as well was Effet Domino, produced by Toronto-based TFO Group Media. Nova Scotia-based Connections Productions’ Les Quatre Coins de L’assiette season two received $425,454 in funding.

Les Saveurs De L’exil first season, which is produced by Léa Pascal, secured $276,710.

Toronto-based Moi & Dave’s received production support for three projects, including children and youth series The Zultras ($257,691); documentary Mot en F ($178,424); and variety and performing arts project Improtéine Expose 2022 ($69,793).

Produced by Winnipeg-based Wookey Films, C’est Moi Qui Décide! picked up $249,435 in funding, as well as its wildlife rescue series Premiers Secours, Animaux Sauvages, which received $242,924.

Season three of Le Grand Ménage des Fêtes, produced by New Brunswick-based Les Productions l’Entrepôt, received $147,956; Bellefeuille Productions’ Des Étoiles Plein Les Yeux was given $141,547; and reality-documentary podcast series Parler Mal, produced by Julie Cormier, got $104,917.