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Ontario Creates IDM Fund Futures Program

Designed to assist and fast-track applicants applying to Ontario Creates Interactive Digital Media Fund programs. Let us help you submit a winning application!

  • Recognize the key elements of business & marketing plans
  • Deepen your understanding of business operations
  • Learn more about budgeting and financing for IDM projects
  • Enhance your project pitch

The Ontario Creates IDM Fund Futures Program is a six-part online program that provides potential funding applicants (companies and individuals) with the skills required to fast-track their knowledge acquisition and enhance the competitiveness of their company when applying to the Ontario Creates Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund Concept Definition and Production programs.

The curriculum focuses on application requirements and deliverables, in an effort to provide less-experienced applicants with the knowledge and resources necessary to submit a complete and well-crafted funding application.

Teams must be prepared to have at least one member available to attend all six parts of this intensive program.

More details on Ontario Creates:

Deadline: Oct 1

October 18 - 20th Business Plan
October 25 -  27th Marketing Plan
November 8 - 10th Budget Plan
November 15 - 17th The Pitch
November 22 - 24th Finance and operations
November 29 - 30th Get to Know Ontario Creates


Alexandra Bayer, Werner Artinger

Suzanne Coy, Faith Anne

Megan Soo, Ryan Ellis

David Bram, Jarrel Young, Jon Bergen

Amanda Shilo Braverman, Sonia Suvagau, Will Ennis

Mika Rekai , Alex Karakatsanis

Bruno S. Lyra, Josh Barsky, Zahra Faraji

Oct 18 - 20

Kristian Roberts has dedicated much of his work to understanding how emerging technologies impact the creative economy in Canada. Lola Zhang is a consultant who brings market research, business intelligence, critical examination and data interpretation skills to projects. 

Instructor: Kristian Roberts, Loa Zhang - Nordicity

Marketing Plan
Oct 25 - 27

Andra Sheffer is the former CEO of private Funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries: the Independent Production Fund (1991-2019) which invests in scripted drama series created for digital platforms.

Instructor:Andra Sheffer, former head of IPF

Budgeting For Series
Nov 8 - 10
Michael Evask is Executive Director & a Founder of WebSeries Canada as well as Festival Director of TO WebFest. An entrepreneur, producer, and promoter as well as a director & writer of digital series, Michael is bringing Toronto and Canada a festival & conference that honors digital storytelling globally.

Instructor: Michael Evask, Executive Director T.O. Webfest

Nov 15 - 17

Kevin worked previously as Senior Vice-President, Programming for Astral Television Networks where he was responsible for the acquisition and scheduling of content for HBO Canada, The Movie Network, TMN Encore, The Family Channel, Disney Junior Canada and Disney XD Canada.

Instructor: Kevin Wright - owner of the Optimal Pitch

NOV 22 - 24

Lauren Corber is an International Emmy-nominated producer and the founder/president of LoCo Motion Pictures. One of Canada’s leading digital content producers, Lauren has produced several series including International Emmy nominee, How to Buy a Baby. The series won a Canadian Screen Award for best Short Form Series and Best Comedy at the Indie Series Awards, Best Writing and Best Lead Performance at the International Academy of Web Television Awards and has been invited to screen at festivals worldwide. She also produced two seasons of the Canadian Screen Award-winning CBC comedy, My 90-Year-Old Roommate starring Paul Soles (Spider-Man) that has over 1 million views. 

Instructor: Lauren Corber, Loco Motion Pictures

NOV 29 -30

Danielle H├ębert has worked with the Industry Initiatives team at Ontario Creates for almost two years, specifically delivering the Interactive Digital Media Fund. She is currently in a Program Consultant role focussing on the Concept Definition and Production streams as well as the Industry Development Program. She is a graduate of Brock University (Dramatic Arts) and a public servant for over 11 years which includes working on the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. The cultural media industries are her passion and she is proud to now combine that with her public servant experience to support Ontario companies and help them grow.

Instructor: Danielle Hebert - Ontario Creates

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