Independent Production Fund – Short Form Series (aka Web Drama Series) Production Program


Through its Short Form Series (aka Web Drama Series) Production Program, IPF 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 is in 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.


Applicants must:

  • be independent producers, with an original digital drama series created initially for the web,
  • be producers/creators of those series that were selected to participate in the Development Packaging Program: Short Form Scripted Series, and submitted all required deliverables.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit the following documents/materials:

  1. proof of financing committed,
  2. distribution/platform licensing agreements,
  3. tax credit calculations,
  4. credits of applicant company,
  5. strategies for production, distribution, promotion/marketing and revenue generation (please upload in the “additional documents” line)
  6. synopses of the series and for each episode of the first “season”, including story arc, character descriptions, locations, etc.,
  7. 3 episode scripts,
  8. a video or audio proof-of-concept content/sizzle reel/trailer with an analysis of the analytics,
  9. a preliminary production budget,
  10. a preliminary financing plan,
  11. an outlined production schedule,
  12. a list of potential or confirmed lead performers and other key creative positions,
  13. audience identification and preliminary engagement plan,
  14. a list of distributors and specific platforms/channels which have been, or will be pitched.

Other Things to Note:

All projects must be contracted by the IPF within 6 months of final financing commitment.
An industry jury and the Board of Directors will evaluate the Production Proposals and notify successful applicants.

This is a new program for the Ontario database, but was present and moved from the Atlantic Canada database.

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