Indigenous Screen Office, APTN, and CBC launch Early Stage Scripted Development Program for Indigenous Creators - ISO-BEA

Winnipeg _ A new pilot project to support Indigenous creators in the pre-development project stage is being launched today in collaboration with the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), APTN, and CBC

The CBC-APTN Early Stage Scripted Development Program for Indigenous Creators in association with the ISO is open to emerging Indigenous television creators with scripted projects in English or an Indigenous language. Selected participants will have access to CBC and APTN executives, and receive custom-tailored support for their projects with the aim of progressing them to the next stage of development, and ultimately into production. Applications are open now, and can be found here.   

“The ISO is excited to again work with two of our earliest partners APTN and CBC to help Indigenous screen creators get to the next stage of development and gain access to the national broadcasters,” said Kerry Swanson, ISO’s Co-Executive Director.

“This is an exciting time in the Indigenous screen sector. The more opportunities we can offer as broadcasters, the more growth we will see with all the talent in this country,” said Adam Garnet Jones, Director of TV Content and Special Events, ATPN.

The Early Stage Scripted Development Program is the first step between CBC/Radio-Canada and APTN in working together to create more Indigenous content following their recent announcement of a new Memorandum of Understanding

“We are honoured to partner with the ISO and APTN to launch this innovative new program, which is an important next step to ensure that more Indigenous creators have the support they need to develop their stories for the screen,” said Lea Marin, Director of Development, Drama, CBC. 

Application guidelines can be found on the Indigenous Screen Office’s website here. Funding will be distributed based on project needs, to a maximum of $30,000. An initial review for eligibility will be conducted by the ISO Program Manager. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 22, 2022 at 5 p.m. CT.

The Early Stage Scripted Development Programwill run from September 2022 to the end of March 2023 and will provide custom-tailored training and support in the following areas:

  • Development of bible, character and story arcs, and scripts;
  • Building broadcaster relationships;
  • Industry standards and practices re: development;  
  • Building a team;
  • Pitching the project; 
  • Budgeting;
  • Broadcast requirements and more.