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Six Francophone Minority Productions Receive $2.5M In Funding

Canada Media Fund [1]The Canada Media Fund [1] announced today that 6 convergent productions have been awarded $2.5M from the second round of funding of the Francophone Minority Program which supports productions that reflect the realities and interests of French communities outside of Quebec. Since 2010, the CMF has contributed $49.2M to 134 Francophone Minority projects.

Canadian audiences will enjoy productions from various parts of the country including one from Manitoba, three from New Brunswick, and two from Ontario. Of the 6 convergent productions, each of which are created for television and have a digital media component, three are Documentaries, one is a Drama, and two are Variety and Performing Arts.

Title Applicant Commitment
Balade à Toronto II (11-20) Machine Gum Productions Inc. $137,731
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Variety & Performing Arts
Envelope : TV5 – Unis
Region : Ontario
Platform : Television
Content type : N/A
Delivery Method : N/A
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision
In Balade à Toronto, 10 French-speaking Canadian performers from various provinces are invited to experience Toronto as tourists and play some of their best songs. The series gives viewers an inside look at the next generation of homegrown musical talent in a variety of genres.
Balade à Toronto II – MN Machine Gum Productions Inc. $83,751
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Variety & Performing Arts
Envelope : TV5 – Unis
Region : Ontario
Platform : Digital Media
Content type : Rich interactive media
Delivery Method : Website
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

The Balade à Toronto website will give fans the opportunity to discover the world of featured performers and the various regions they come from. The digital media strategy has three key components:  a distinct and adaptive web module full of informative, interactive and exclusive content, a complementary experience synchronized with the broadcast of each episode through the TV5 DUO application and a program page hosted by UNIS.ca with bonus never-before-seen content.

Boys du ballet (Les) Wookey Films Inc. $59,556
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Documentary
Envelope : TV5, TV5 – Unis
Region : Manitoba
Platform : Television
Content type : N/A
Delivery Method : N/A
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

The one-hour Les Boys du Ballet documentary follows four boys between 11 and 20 years of age for one year as they attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Dance School.

Boys du ballet (Les) – MN Wookey Films Inc. $7,540
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Documentary
Envelope : TV5
Region : Manitoba
Platform : Digital Media
Content type : Video
Delivery Method : Website
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

Les Boys du Ballet documentary will be accompanied by eight to twelve 2-minute webisodes presented on the documentary’s website. Viewers will be invited to choose one ballet student in particular to find out more about him. Once the selection has been made, viewers will have two or three options to choose from to learn more about a certain aspect of the dancer’s life.

Harfang des neiges, nord et sud 606913 N.B. Ltée $142,575
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Documentary
Envelope : TV5, TV5 – Unis
Region : New Brunswick
Platform : Television
Content type : N/A
Delivery Method : N/A
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

The Harfang des neiges, nord et sud documentary introduces viewers to the majestic snowy owl as scientists take on the exciting adventure of studying the birds in their faraway Arctic nesting grounds, and beyond. The documentary explores what the white owl means to those looking to get close to the birds – whether it’s to observe, photograph or study them – and those who’ve been living on the tundra with them for generations.

Harfang des neiges, nord et sud – MN 606913 N.B. Ltée $15,085
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Documentary
Envelope : TV5
Region : New Brunswick
Platform : Digital Media
Content type : Rich interactive media
Delivery Method : Website
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

The website Harfang des neiges, nord et sud will have additional interviews with specialists as well as  information that complements those already featured in the documentary.

Pour l’amour du Country XIII (157-168) 505113 N.B. Inc. $472,560
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Variety & Performing Arts
Envelope : ARTV, SRC
Region : New Brunswick
Platform : Television
Content type : N/A
Delivery Method : N/A
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

Hosted by country musician Patrick Norman, Pour l’amour du country is a series of 12 one-hour episodes presenting performances by country artists from various French-speaking communities across Canada. Each episode features three artists: a country music “star,” a local celebrity with a big following in their region but less known outside their community, and an emerging performer.

Pour l’amour du country XIII – MN Connections Productions Inc. $21,275
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Variety & Performing Arts
Envelope : ARTV
Region : New Brunswick
Platform : Digital Media
Content type : Video
Delivery Method : Website
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

As a complement to the well-established series based on the musical variety show format, a new site will be created to give viewers access to more in-depth content for each episode, including behind-the-scenes footage, song origins, stories about musical instruments used, musician bios and links relevant to program content.

St-Nickel (1-6) 8653909 Canada Inc. $1,050,000
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Drama
Envelope : TV5 – Unis
Region : Ontario
Platform : Television
Content type : N/A
Delivery Method : N/A
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

St-Nickel is a series of six one-hour episodes following the evolution of an underprivileged Sudbury neighbourhood as seen through the eyes of a dysfunctional Franco-Ontarian family. The show is laced with lots of humour, a touch of satire and a little bit of divine intervention.

St-Nickel – MN 8653909 Canada Inc. $69,750
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Drama
Envelope : TV5
Region : Ontario
Platform : Digital Media
Content type : Social media
Delivery Method : Website
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

Visitors to the St-Nickel website will definitely feel as though they’re part of the (fictitious or backstage) community. The digital strategy relies on three key components: StNickel.ca – an adaptive website with a significant interactive element, daily sharing of content through social networks, and Hugo’s webisodes.

Trajectoires II (9-16) 506960 N.B. Inc. $400,000
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Documentary
Envelope : RDS
Region : New Brunswick
Platform : Television
Content type : N/A
Delivery Method : N/A
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision
Whatever happened to our favourite hockey stars? That’s the question the Trajectoires series answers as it follows popular former NHL players. Viewers are given a behind-the-scenes look at the sometimes difficult, sometimes overwhelming careers of players who made their way into the hearts of millions of people. The show lets us in on their current professional and family lives, which are now a little closer to our own. Trajectoires presents a series of friendly reunions with the great men who have kept our passion for hockey burning bright.
Trajectoires II – MN Connections Productions Inc. $44,972
Fiscal year : 2014-2015
Program : Francophone Minority
Language : French
Activity : Production
Genre : Documentary
Envelope : RDS
Region : New Brunswick
Platform : Digital Media
Content type : Rich interactive media
Delivery Method : Website
Selection Round : 2
Status : Decision

The trajectoireshockey.com website offers viewers a highly interactive experience. Using on-screen reminders, the TV show invites fans to enjoy the synchronized interactive experience available online. Each episode will have its own micro-site where fans can interact on a second platform during the show’s broadcast.

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#1 Comment By Tami Quiring (@VillageGamer) On Thursday November 6, 2014 @ 3:39 am

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