CANADA’S PUBLIC BROADCASTER ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE CBC CREATIVE RELIEF FUND, AWARDING $2.2 MILLION IN FUNDING

Jun 18, 2020

 

CANADA’S PUBLIC BROADCASTER ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE CBC CREATIVE RELIEF FUND, AWARDING $2.2 MILLION IN FUNDING

 

119 original Canadian projects to receive funding for development and production,
 including 51 projects from BIPOC creators

 

Projects greenlit for production include two unscripted titles, three series for youth and young adults and 15 short documentaries exploring perspectives across Canada during COVID-19

 

Nearly 9000 projects submitted by Canadian creators 

 

June 18, 2020 - Canada’s public broadcaster announced today that 119 original Canadian projects have been selected to receive immediate support through THE CBC CREATIVE RELIEF FUND, exceeding the initial commitment with $2.2 million in development and production funding confirmed across three programming streams. With close to 9000 submissions received, 99 projects have been selected for development funding and 20 for production funding, including 51 projects (43 per cent) from self-identified Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) creators. 

 

“Thank you to the thousands of Canadian creators who submitted their ideas to the CBC Creative Relief Fund, including new storytellers we have now been introduced to. We were overwhelmed by the response and the creativity of projects, which made for some very difficult decisions,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC. “The world has continued to evolve rapidly since the Fund was launched, and we are proud to champion these unique voices and stories that reflect our country and the extraordinary times we are living in. The innovative projects we have selected offer a diverse range of inspiring and entertaining perspectives from creators across Canada, and will help support the recovery and resurgence of our artistic and creative communities.”

 

The Fund was launched in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide $2 million in urgently needed development and production funding to a diverse range of original Canadian projects, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries. 

 

THE CBC CREATIVE RELIEF FUND - SELECTED PROJECTS 

 

INNOVATION STREAM (82 selected for development, five selected for production)

The Innovation Stream was created in support of big, bold ideas that are innovative and take creative risks, with development and production opportunities on all platforms. 

 

Selected projects include: 

  • Scripted - Comedy (24 for development) and Drama (eight for development) 
  • Unscripted - Factual Entertainment (eight for development, two for production) 
  • Kids & Tweens (20 for development)
  • Youth & Young Adult (16 for development, three for production)
  • Podcasts - Multiple Genres (six for development) 

 

Click here for a list of projects funded through this stream. 

 

CBC SHORT DOCS STREAM (15 selected for production)

CBC Short Docs encouraged documentary filmmakers from across Canada to showcase their unique perspectives on what’s happening in the world during this time of COVID-19. CBC Short Docs sought standalone, immersive documentaries under 40 minutes in length, intended for a digital audience. 

 

Click here for a list of projects funded through this stream. 

 

PLAYWRIGHT PILOT STREAM (17 selected for development)

CBC asked for concepts that are a natural fit for either limited or ongoing series in the comedy or drama genres, episodic or serialized, and is funding the writing of a pilot script with an intended broadcast duration of either 30 or 60 minutes for selected projects. 

 

Click here for a list of projects funded through this stream. 

 

The following is a breakdown of submissions and selected projects across each province and territory: 

 

Province

Total Projects Submitted

Total Projects Selected 

Ontario

5086 (57.4%)

63 (53.8%)

British Columbia

1664 (18.8%)

16 (13.4%)

Quebec 

784 (8.8%)

10 (8.4%)

Manitoba

223 (2.5%)

8 (6.7%) 

Alberta 

539 (6.1%)

7 (5.9%)

Nova Scotia

241 (2.7%)

6 (5%)

Saskatchewan

95 (1.1%)

2 (2.5%)

Newfoundland and Labrador

111 (1.3%)

2 (1.7%)

Yukon Territory

15 (0.2%) 

2 (1.7%)

Prince Edward Island

35 (0.4%)

1 (0.8%)

Northwest Territories

7 (0.1%)

1 (0.8%)

New Brunswick

61 (0.7%)

1 (0.8%)

Nunavut 

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

Total Projects

8861

119


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For media inquiries, please contact:

Tanya Koivusalo
Publicist, CBC PR

tanya.koivusalo@cbc.ca 

 

Katherine Wolfgang

Director of Communications, CBC

katherine.wolfgang@cbc.ca