EMERGING TV PRODUCER PROGRAM
Funded and presented by the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the WIFTV Emerging TV Producer Program is a 6-month initiative aimed at assisting up to 10 women and gender-diverse creators with the goal of providing the tools, training and connections to break into the television industry.
Its key objectives are to provide participants with an entry point, a strategic plan and a supportive network to shepherd their first TV projects successfully into the complex Canadian TV production system.
The program is open to women and gender diverse BC-based producers, or writers who want to gain producing skills.
WIFTV will do their best to provide accommodations for people who require them to participate in this program. Applicants will have the opportunity to outline their needs and any accommodation that they may require to participate when filling out the application form.
There is no cost to participate in the program. Funds for travel, accommodations, and meals will be provided to out-of-town participants. Assistance will be provided for childcare and other accessibility barriers based on needs.
|Feb 8, 2022
|Feb 26, 2022
|Mar 8, 2022
|April 4, 2022
||Application Closes at 23:59 PST
|TBD May, 2022
|June 25-28, 2022
|June 29 – Dec 15, 2022
PHASE 1: Foundation Workshops
Participants will take part in an in-person, hands-on television business training in Vancouver, June 25-28, 2022. This is a series of Foundation Workshops led by instructors and assistants expert in industry business practices and possessing essential knowledge of what emerging TV producers need to know to get a foot in the door.
The Foundation Workshops will cover:
- Assessing your opportunities: Who and where are the broadcasters, streamers and other TV funders in Canada and how do they work with emerging producers? What are they looking for, is your project a good fit and what do they expect from you as a producer?
- Navigating funding applications: Researching and interpreting the different requirements and intentions/mandates of each fund, how to do budget estimates and work with budget formats, and how to source and solicit required reference letters and mentors.
- Making a connection: Who and where to pitch your project and how to pitch when you get the chance. Follow up: timing, techniques and skills. Attending markets, making and maintaining contacts, promoting yourself and your project.
- Putting the money together: Designing a financing plan: how broadcast licenses work, applying for CMF funding, tax credits and other sources and how to put them all together – who do you apply to first and for how much?
- Creating a budget and budget strategy: Creating an appropriate budget – estimating, researching, calculating – and learning ways to scale your budget up or down, depending on the funding you might secure.
- The legal side: Understanding and assessing company structures, financing contracts, license agreements, deal memos, rights clearances and chain of title..
- Other sources of support for your TV project: distributors, broadcasters outside of Canada, crowd-funding, other grants. How to find them and what they can do for you.
PHASE 2: Project Packaging with One-on-One Consultations
From Jun 29 – Dec 15, 2022, participants will apply what they learned, at their own pace, to package their projects for development funding and or industry markets. Each participant will be matched to a mentor, who will review and provided advice on their:
- Strategic Plan
- Financial Plan
- Budget & Budget Strategy
- Project Package
- Funding application
It is the program’s mandate to have a diverse cohort that includes women and gender diverse persons from the IBPOC, LGBTQ2S+, and persons living with disabilities communities. Sign language and mobility accommodations will be provided.
Only one person per project may apply.
You are eligible to apply if you:
- Identify as female or gender diverse.
- Reside in British Columbia.
- Are a Canadian citizen or have a permanent resident status, and aged 18 or over.
- Do not have a credit as a producer or show-runner on a produced Canadian TV series project.*
- Have a completed narrative pilot script (30 or 60 minutes).
- Own the intellectual property of the submitted project.
*Telus Storyhive project producers and writers are eligible to apply.
- Narrative live action.
- Limited (6-8 episodes) or recurring series.
- Half-hour or hour-long episodes.
- Any genre (drama, comedy, sci-fi, etc.).
- Script can contain dialogue in other languages but must be written entirely in English.
- Documentary, reality, lifestyle, animation, variety or sketch comedy are not eligible.
- Completed Application and Release Form: https://bit.ly/Apply_ETVPP
- Pilot script (30-minute or 60-minute).
- Pitch deck with short synopsis, series world, tone, theme, lead character breakdowns, season 1 overview including synopses of episode idea (max 5 pages).
- Letter of intent (max 1 page).
- Resume with filmography (max 2 pages).
- Complete online Application and Release Form: https://bit.ly/Apply_ETVPP
- Submit the following as separate PDF files to: email@example.com:
- Copy of the Pilot. Do not include writer or producer’s name(s) or other identifying information on the title page or any other page of the script. Label file: PROJECT TITLE_Pilot.
- Pitch deck (max 5 pages). Do not include writer or producer’s name(s) or other identifying information in the pitch deck. Label file: PROJECT TITLE_PitchDeck
- Letter of intent. Label file: PROJECT TITLE_Letter
- Resume with filmography. Label file: PROJECT TITLE_CV
- Applications will be scored heavily on the strength of the pilot and pitch deck. These documents will be judged “blind”, meaning the jury will not know who is applying with each project.
- The selection process will be influenced by the program’s intent to select a diverse group of participants, who are not all based in Vancouver.
MENTORS AND PROJECT PAIRING
||ALIEN WANTED by Marie Picard
||WORSHIPPING WENDY by Jessica To
||BIPPITTY BOPPETTY by Raeanne Boon
||THE KINDRED by Nic Antobelli
||DEAD INSIDE by Rachelle Younie
||BUCK by Andrea Routley
||MORNING GLORY by Leah Flagg
||MAMA ZEN by Maritama Carlson
||LIBERATED by Emslie Attisha
||HOOD ISLAND by Sabrina Roc
||THE RUNNERS by Ana Carrizales
- Arielle Boisvert (she/her), Partner and EVP, Production Brightlight Pictures
- Barbara Hager (she/her), Producer, director, scriptwriter and owner of Aarrow Productions
- Carolyn (Jay) J. Wu (they/them) Development Executive, Original Programming, Bell Media
For questions or assistance with your application, including technical support, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have no previous experience as a producer. Can I apply?
I have produced a feature film. Can I apply?
Yes, as long as you have not produced a TV series project.
I have a TV producer/showrunner credit but not in Canada. I would like to learn how to break into the Canadian TV industry.
Can I apply?
Can the writer and producer of the project both apply?
No. Only one person per project can apply. The applicant must own the Intellectual Property of the project.
Can I apply with a pilot treatment or outline?
No. A completed pilot script is required to apply.
I am not available for the Foundation Workshops. Can I apply?
No. Full participation is required. Applicants will have an opportunity to declare any barriers to their full participation such as childcare, travel or accommodation, when applying. If selected, WIFTV will provide funds to assist with barriers.
What should I include in my Letter of Intent?
A brief background, your connection to the project, and what you hope to get out of the program.
What rights does WIFTV have on the project?
All copyright remains with participants.
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