Canada Media Fund Experimental Stream – Innovation Program Digital Media Grants

Thirty-one media companies operating out of Canada have received Canadian government funding for their interactive digital media projects. The awarded projects include 21 games, seven rich interactive media, and three software applications. This funding has been made available through the Canada Media Fund’s Experimental Stream – Innovation Program under its Prototyping and Marketing & Promotion support areas.

The Canada Media Fund’s Experimental Stream – Innovation Program has invested $6,100,000 in Canadian government funding into 31 digital media projects.

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is a not-for-profit organization that distributes funding and promotes the production of Canadian digital media content and applications. The Experimental Stream – Innovation Program supports production, software prototyping, and marketing projects. Via the program, digital media and software developers can transform ideas into products that are market ready and repay project costs once the project’s results can be commercialized.

$6M in CMF Digital Media Funding for 31 Projects

Thirty-one firms have received Canadian government funding for their innovative digital media content via the Canada Media Fund Experimental Stream – Innovation Program. This funding will provide Prototyping and Marketing & Promotion support for digital media applications and software.

A combined total of $6.1M has been awarded to interactive content intended for public use by Canadians or the media industry.

Below is a glimpse of 10 of the awarded projects:

Innovation Program – Prototyping

Title Applicant Content Type Funding
City Cleaner Back to the Game Game $123,840
Dakini Rising Air Agency Game $250,000
Flipside Flipside XR Inc. Software $250,000
UNION Altar Creative inc. Game $198,000
VFC 9219-3010 Québec Inc. Rich Interactive Media $221,901

Innovation Program – Marketing & Promotion

Title Applicant Content Type Funding
Bring to Light Red Meat Games Inc. Game $170,200
Holy City VR Occupied VR Inc. Rich Interactive Media $300,000
StellarX OVA GESTION-CONSEIL INC. Software $275,000
Transpose Secret Location Inc. Game $228,450
Fracter Guru Arcade Ltd. Gamw $183,087

Canada Media Fund: Experimental Stream – Innovation Program

The Canada Media Fund supports producers, broadcasters, creators, and distributors who generate content for Canadians and international audiences to enjoy. Through the Fund’s Experimental Stream – Innovation Program, innovative and leading-edge digital media content and software applications may be eligible for funding.

The Canada Media Fund: Experimental Stream – Innovation Program offers up to 50-75% of project costs to a maximum $250k-$1M in repayable/recoupable digital media funding.

CMF’s Experimental Innovation Program offers support to three types of projects:

  • Media Prototyping: This phase is for experimenting, testing, and validating different concepts and hypotheses to arrive at a first functional prototype.
  • Media Production: The creation of a final, market ready version of projects, including localization of the project and early marketing/commercialization activities.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Completed media projects that focus on creating and distributing national/international marketing campaigns.

The program typically launches twice a year with spring and fall submission dates. There has been no announcement of the next deadline.

The CMF Experimental Stream is one of the many Canadian government funding programs available to digital media developers. To learn more about project financing options, please download the Types of Government Funding slide deck.

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Myra Bredin holds a Diploma of Business Marketing at Conestoga College. Her interest in blog writing, social media and event planning makes her excited to be Mentor Works’ Marketing Analyst, where she can use these skills to educate and support Canadian businesses with government funding.

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