Bell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative
The $10.9 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of national mentoring and promotional programs, which ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at different stages of their careers. Currently, four of these multi-year initiatives are exclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media Festival, the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the NSI Totally Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training course for writers, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing a development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm), which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.
More detail on these five programs can be found below.
Bell Media National Fellowships (Banff World Media Festival) are intended to encourage professional development in the television industry by enabling emerging, creative talent including producers, writers, and directors to attend the annual festival.
Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) provide emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series
Bell Media Prime Time TV Program (Canadian Film Centre) is a five-month, team-based approach to TV series development for writers. The program tackles issues relating to working in a story department, developing dramatic series material, and surviving as a successful writer in the television marketplace.
Totally Television (National Screen Institute) is a hands-on TV series development training and mentorship course for producer/writer teams looking to develop their concepts and prepare for a pitch.
Bell Media was one of the first to announce funding for Telefilm Canada’s Talent Fund which supports Canadian film production and talent by helping finance the production, distribution, and marketing of Canadian feature films in both English and French.
RIDM: Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
For more than 10 years, Canal D has partnered with RIDM, a Montréal event devoted to the promotion of documentary film by bringing together actors, producers, and distributors to exchange ideas and thoughts on the documentary genre.
Banff World Media Festival
Bell Media supports the Banff World Media Festival as a Grand Patron Sponsor. The annual festival provides delegates with cutting-edge industry insights, and opportunities for creating new relationships, launching new business ideas, and assisting ambitious members of our industry in reaching their goals.
The non-profit organization Association Québécoise de L’industrie du Disque, du Spectacle et de la Video (L’ADISQ) is focused on growth of the music industry within Quebec. ÉNERGIE 94.3 and 107,3 Rouge FM, two Quebec based Bell Media radio stations are proud partners of L’ADISQ.
Canadian Screen Awards
Bell Media is the Principal Partner of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Canadian Screen Awards. Each year the awards take place during Canadian Screen Week, which celebrates the best of Canadian film, television, and digital media.
Bell Media’s investment includes naming rights for the awards for Best Comedy Program or Series, Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role, along with a range of events and marketing initiatives designed to promote and celebrate Canadian Screen Week.
CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa
We are pleased to support the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Prime Time in Ottawa initiative as a Patron Sponsor. The industry conference is a national networking event for Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries.
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Bell Media is the Presenting Sponsor of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – the largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. We are proud to support the festival in its mission to provide a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.