CLOSED: Amazon Studios & Indigenous Screen Office Series Pitch Competition

The ISO is partnering with Amazon Studios to provide Canadian Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour screen-content creators the opportunity to develop a half-hour scripted or unscripted series pitch in English for presentation to executives for Amazon Prime Video. ISO will work with the Black Screen Office on the pitch program and with our community of collaborators to ensure extensive outreach, including with REMC, BIPOC TV & Film and Canada’s film festivals and organizations serving Indigenous and racialized screen creators.

CLOSED: ISO/Netflix Apprenticeship & Cultural Mentorship Funding Programs

ISO is partnered with Netflix to provide new funding opportunities to support training, capacity building and culturally specific approaches for Indigenous on-screen content creators. There are two streams to the program: Indigenous Production Apprenticeships: Maximum funding $30,000 The goal of this program is to create new opportunities for hands-on training and career progression for Indigenous creatives who want to take their careers to the next level. Apprentices are required to have a record of production experience and demonstrate that this opportunity will support their skills building and career development. 2. Cultural Mentorships: Maximum funding $15,000 The goal of this program is to offer the opportunity for Indigenous producers, directors and writers to engage in cultural mentorship, engagement, learning, and protocols work during the development phases of their project. This may include travel and fees to engage with Elders, language speakers, knowledge keepers and/or community members to develop the project.

DEADLINE: January 22nd, 2021 at 5pm EST

CLOSED: ISO Partnership Program

ISO is pleased to announce the launch of the Partnership Program– a funding program created to address the business continuity needs of Indigenous creators at all career stages during the COVID-19 crisis. The Partnership Program supports online training and learning, and innovation strategies to support Indigenous screen creators during the coronavirus pandemic. This program recognizes that learning and training is a critical component to ensuring the continued momentum and sustainability for the Indigenous screen sector during an unpredictable and economically unstable period.

CLOSED: Indigenous Development Grants

The Indigenous Development Grants Program will provide funding for project and professional development for both Indigenous individuals and majority Indigenous-owned companies. The objective of this program is to support Indigenous content creators in the screen-based sector.

CLOSED: Solidarity Fund

DEVELOPMENT GRANTS for Racialized (Black and People of Colour) Application for Individuals ISO and partners REMC and BIPOC TV & Film have launched the Solidarity Fund in response to the ongoing movement demanding justice and equality for racialized people in all aspects of Canadian life and society. The Solidarity Fund is a strategic initiative supporting project and professional development for racialized screen-based creators, particularly Black creators, whose voices and stories are underrepresented and necessary to a vibrant, innovative and equitable media landscape in Canada.

CLOSED: Emergency Relief Funding

The Emergency Relief Fund for Productions will grant eligible Indigenous productions up to $50,000 and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis until the fund allocation has been depleted. The relief funding will support COVID-19-related business continuity and expenses such as health and safety consultants, extended production dates and associated costs, Personal Protective Equipment, and insurance. This fund developed to support projects in production or post-production during the period of March 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021.