Canada’s IPF invests nearly $2M across 17 web series

Thirteen of the projects selected to receive funding are new shows that will be produced this year.
June 23, 2014

Canada’s Independent Production Fund has announced that 17 scripted drama series will receive funding in its latest round of financing, including 13 new productions, the organization announced Friday.

The fund invested nearly $2 million across the 17 selected projects. Eleven of the web series are in English, and 6 are in French. A total of 188 applications were submitted to the IPF in the first stage of the applications process, which were eventually cut down to a 32-project shortlist by a pre-selection committee.

The IPF recipients are fortunate to have that influx of cash — according to a study released Monday by the Independent Web Series Creators of Ontario (a province that is Canada’s biggest production hub) most web productions are self-financed with 68% of respondents having relied on their personal savings to fund their projects in 2013.

Only 18% were able to draw on revenue from their previous web series, and 41% of creators said they had no revenue from their web productions in 2013.

According to the study, conducted by analytics firm Nordicity, the average budget for a web series last year was $68,400 and only 17% of respondents exceeded that budget range.

This year’s projects that were selected to receive IPF funding are: À temps pour Noël from Productions Pixcom, the second season of The Amazing Gayl Pile (pictured) from LaRue Productions, which earlier this year was picked up by JASH; Avec pas de parents from Banana Productions; Bait from Jared Pelletier Productions and Triton Films; the second season of Everyone’s Famous from Everyone’s Famous Productions; Entendu dans les bars from Ikebana Productions; Guerriers from Productions Haka; Haphead from No Media Kings; Inhuman Condition from Smokebomb Entertainment; the second season of Just Passing Through from Jeremy Larter; Geoff Read and Jason Larter, L’étrange province from Version 10 and Solofilms; March Family Letters from Cherrydale Productions; Mr. Fantasy/The Portal from First Love Films; Paranormal Solutions Inc. from Sociable Films; The Plateaus from Screen Asylum; the second season of Space Riders from iThentic Canada; and TEZO from Zone3.

The final 17 projects were chosen by an international jury along with industry evaluators and IPF Board members. Some of this year’s international jury members included Paul Ronca of Just for Laughs Television and John Anderson, executive producer for Xbox.

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