English POV Program
This program is designed to support the growth of English-language point of view (POV) documentaries. This program is part of the Canada Media Fund’s (CMF) Convergent Stream; thus, projects funded through this program must include content to be produced for distribution on at least two platforms, one of which must be television and the other, digital media. Funding from this program is allocated according to a selective process, using an evaluation grid. The budget of the English POV Program was $4.0 M in 2014-2015.
A total of 15 documentaries received $4.0M and all were feature-length. The average television project budget reached a 5-year high of $636K. Ten out of 15 convergent projects had digital media second screen components. Regional projects received 33.8% of funding in 2014-2015.
Broadcasters triggering English POV program projects in 2014-2015 were Super Channel, Documentary, Radio-Canada, RDI, Explora, ichannel, Hollywood Suite, and Canal D.
The most significant financial participants in television projects, outside of broadcasters, CMF and government incentives were private funds. POV financial structures were similar to previous years.