Our next salon presents an informational goldmine on what’s ‘New in Digital Funding’; for content creators to get the inside scoop on these government financing initiatives available to independent producers from Canada. We’ll be hearing from Andra Sheffer of the Independent Production Fund & Cogeco Development Fund, Chris Dunn of the OMDC’s Interactive Digital Media Fund, and from Jill Samson on the Canadian Media Fund’s brand new initiative, the Web Series Pilot Program. This is the first time the CMF has decided to include web series funding in its experimental stream. Producers in the audience will learn about what comprises a successful application, detailed eligibility requirements, alternative financing models integrating multiple grants, and the expectations as outlined by the administrators themselves.
Join us at the 1st Floor of the Spoke Club, on Jan 31st. Panel begins at 7:30pm, followed by open networking from 9 tp 11pm. Appetizers and some drink tickets included. ADMISSION IS FREE FOR MEMBERS OF THE IWCC & THE SPOKE CLUB. Check your email for your discount codes in our newsletters!
Andra Sheffer is the CEO of two private funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries: the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development of digital drama and production of television drama. She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office, and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally.
Chris Dunn has had an active career in the cultural media industries for more than 25 years. The last 10 years have found him working in various roles at the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). While in the Tax Credits and Financing Programs Department, his portfolio included the Ontario Computer Animation Tax Credit (OCASE) and the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC). As Program Consultant for the Industry Development Group, he manages a selection of Interactive Digital Media (IDM) related funding programs including the IDM Fund, Industry Development Program, Marketing Support Program and other business development initiatives offered by the OMDC. Chris holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Schulich School of Business, and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
With over 20 years of experience in film and television production, Jill brings knowledge, business acumen and creativity to her role as Deputy Director – Portfolio Management for the CMF fund at Telefilm Canada. As a First Assistant Director on feature films and television series, Jill developed a reputation as an industry leader for her ability to successfully broker the delicate balance of story, script, budget and schedule in the production process. Jill’s credits in children’s programming, dramatic series and feature films range from the critically acclaimed FLY AWAY HOME to the pop culture hit CAMP ROCK. Jill joined Telefilm in 2008 and leads a team of Business Analysts. Jill leads the teams for the Indigenous, Point of View Documentary, Diverse Languages and French outside of Quebec Selective Production funds as well the Web Series fund and the National Development Team.
Born and raised in Toronto, Courtney decided early on a career in media production, gaining a few credits on independent projects before starting out in animation production for broadcast in 2004. Working with leading industry houses; DHX, Cuppa Coffee, and Marblemedia, she excelled in the production of several series for major television networks, and continues to work in animated film production today. In 2009, she began producing web series, embarking on the IPF-funded transmedia property Tights and Fights: Ashes, and comedy series Pretty In Geek. She has since continued to lend her expertise to the popular webseries Out With Dad, and other new convergent, interactive, and independent web-based properties. Courtney saw her first foray into festival production as Co-Executive Producer of T.O. Webfest 2015, while serving her first year on the board of directors for the IWCC, and has since been aiding to the growth of both the festival, and the organization.