Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Are you an Aboriginal, Inuit, Metis filmmaker looking for a broadcast license? Apply with IsumaTV by March 31, 2011.

now considered an ELIGIBLE BROADCASTER to trigger production financing by the Canadian Media Fund

Important Change in Broadcast Licenses for CMF Aboriginal Fund financing.
IsumaTV [] is now considered an ELIGIBLE BROADCASTER to trigger production financing by the Canadian Media Fund's new Aboriginal Language Fund guidelines. This change in the 2010-11 guidelines allows producers to develop internet-based projects for internet distribution even without a conventional TV broadcaster and still be eligible to apply for full CMF financing of up to $400,000 for production and $200,000 for digital media. As expressed in Section 3.2.TV.5 of the Aboriginal Program guidelines defining a Canadian Broadcaster:

"A Canadian broadcaster described in (b) above is a broadcaster licensed by the CRTC, including private, public, educational, specialty, pay-per-view broadcasters, and CRTC-licensed VOD services. In this Program only, as a pilot initiative, the CMF may consider a digital distributor to be a Canadian broadcaster for the purposes of providing Eligible Licence Fees to an Applicant based in northern Canada (i.e. Nunavut, the Yukon Territory, or the Northwest Territories) if the CMF determines that the digital distributor: is a company that is Canadian-controlled (as determined for the purposes of sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act); operates in northern Canada; provides services and/or content that is targeted to Aboriginal communities in northern Canada; and licences Eligible Projects for distribution via digital platforms. In such a case, the CMF will interpret the remainder of section 3.2.TV.5 in a flexible manner so as to allow the digital distributor to provide Eligible Licence Fees. The CMF will determine whether a digital distributor qualifies for this pilot initiative on a case-by-case basis."
More CMF information:

IsumaTV is soliciting proposals for internet broadcast licenses by Inuit, First Nations, Metis and other Aboriginal filmmakers in Canada seeking internet distribution. Pre-License Commitments of Eligible License Fees may enable producers to apply for additional financing from Telefilm, Canadian Media Fund and other federal or provincial/territorial sources. Licenses will range from $5,000 to $25,000, up to a maximum of 15% of the total eligible production budget.

TO SUBMIT projects for IsumaTV Eligible License Fees write or contact Qajaaq Ellsworth at
DEADLINE for submissions is March 31, 2011.