It looks like games were top of mind for the Canada Media Fund, judging by the results of the first round of funding announcements for its Experimental Stream.
Of the 27 projects approved for production funding totaling CDN$12.9 million, almost half (12) were games, followed by five websites, three mobile apps, three interactive web series and four software apps.
The games themselves span a diverse range, from the educational (Bot Colony from Montreal’s 2904802 Canada, in which users will learn or improve English skills) to transmedia (PROJECTB6 from B.C.’s Interdimensional Games, is a 3D interactive TV series) and an alternate reality game from Kids’ CBC.
Included in the apps is the Olson Anytime Anywhere Recipe Maker, details of which can be found here, and a 13-part, live-action, tween-targeted series called Big Break delivered via mobile app from Toronto’s Smokebomb Entertainment, which features entertainment and themes that allow tweens to create their own content and share it with a community.
Additionally, another 11 projects – ranging from websites, games and apps – were approved for development funding totaling CDN$1.6 million. Seven projects falling in the same categories as mentioned got the green light for marketing funding to the tune of $1.6 million.
The number of applicants to this first round ‘vastly exceeded’ the fund available, according to the CMF, so it has extended its deadline for the second round to November 12.
For a full list of recipients, jump here.
From Playback Daily