Type of Program:



The Short Form Series (aka Web Drama Series) Production Program assists independent producers/creators to finance the production of original digital drama series created initially for the web.

The focus is on the development of high quality, story-driven drama, and the development of new talent.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of an equity investment in the amount of up to $200,000 per project.

The Fund seeks a pro rata share of recoupment of its investment and profit participation in the project and through its derivative subsidiary rights and subsequent works.

The terms and schedules of payment and recoupment, the producer’s responsibilities and reporting conditions will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

When It Ends:



October 5, 2022


Applicants must:

  • Only those series that were selected to participate in the Development Packaging Program: Short Form Scripted Series, and submitted all required deliverables within the same calendar year are eligible to apply to the Production Program.

Applications Steps:


Applicants must submit their application form and supporting documentation electronically, through the online application portal.


An industry jury and the Board of Directors will evaluate the Production Proposals and notify successful applicants in November, 2022.

Documentation Needed:

The following documents/materials must be uploaded in the Portal:

  1. 1
    Deliverables already provided in development must be resubmitted:
  • Synopses of the series and for each episode of the first “season”, including story arc, character descriptions, locations, etc.
  • 3 episode scripts;
  • Produced and released online a video or audio proof-of-concept content/sizzle reel/trailer with an analysis of the analytics;
  • A preliminary production budget;
  • A preliminary financing plan;
  • Outlined production schedule;
  • A list of potential or confirmed lead performers and other key creative positions;
  • Audience identification and preliminary engagement plan;
  • A list of distributors and specific platforms/channels which have been, or will be pitched.
  1. 2
    The following document must also be uploaded:
  • Proof of financing committed;
  • Distribution/Platform Licensing Agreements;
  • Tax credit calculations;
  • Credits of applicant company;
  • Strategies for production, distribution, promotion/marketing and revenue generation (please upload in the “Additional Documents” line).

Other Things to Note:

The Independent Production Fund was established in 1991 as a private Foundation with an endowment from Maclean Hunter Ltd., now valued at $36 M. The revenues generated by the endowment and recoupment from investments are used to support the development and production of Canadian scripted web drama series.

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