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Creative BC announces Equity + Emerging Development Program Recipients, CMPA-BC Capacity Building Program

Aug 16, 2021 | Motion Picture, News

The Equity + Emerging Development Program supports equity and diversity in B.C.’s domestic motion picture sector by increasing access to funding for under-represented filmmakers. The program is the first launched under the B.C. government’s $2-million investment in the domestic motion picture industry, Reel Focus BC.
The program focuses on fostering new talent and growth in the domestic motion picture industry by helping new filmmakers get their projects off the ground, without the need to secure an investor or broadcaster in order to apply, which can be a significant hurdle for many producers in B.C. By removing this barrier, the program increases opportunity and access for new and diverse producers, allowing them to focus on creating new projects. It also embodies Creative BC’s actions for equity and inclusion in program delivery.
The following projects will receive a grant of up to $10,000 to cover the cost of bringing together a development team to do research, develop a concept or write a script: 
In addition to the $10,000 project grant, recipients of the Equity and Emerging Development Program will receive up to $3,500 each through the Capacity Building Program, in partnership with CMPA – BC Producers Branch. 

The Capacity Building Program will allow recipients to hire a professional consultant or service provider to help them in a key area of individual or company growth. This may include hiring a mentor, a lawyer, an accountant, a workshop facilitator or a creative consultant. The aim is to support their longer term success through business acumen, skills development and corporate growth.