Canada’s Independent Production Fund (IPF) has again renewed its web series funding program, committing $1.4 million for 15 scripted drama series.

In 2010, the IPF established the web series funding program “to support the exploration and potential for high quality, story driven drama for web audiences.” Last year the program invested $1.2M in the production of 11 original drama series, including Toronto-based tween detective series Ruby Skye P.I. from Story2.OH, and earmarked another $1M in funding for 2011.

The IPF Board of Directors approved funding for 9 English and 6 French drama series. An international jury and the Board evaluated projects based on content, production styles and processes, formats, business and promotion models, and audience and revenue potential. The selection process required the evaluation of 160 applications which were short-listed to 30 web series from production companies across the country.

Jury members included Mio Adilman, Web Columnist for CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi; Sophie Dufort, vice-présidente Médias interactifs Chaînes Télé-Astral; Henry J. Gagnon, président HGagnon Distribution Inc.; Veronica Holmes, President ZenithOptimedia Digital (ZED); Marti Resteghini, VP Network Programming KoldCast; and Stéphanie Röckmann-Portier, Managing Director Head of Sales Distribution360.

Below are the 2011 winners. Last year’s winners can be viewed at IPF’s custom web series dashboard, Wip.

11 règles – Season 2
Studio Whimz
Producer: Steve Kerr,
Writer: André Gulluni

Bill & Sons Towing
Ready, Set, Panic
Producers: Charles Ketchabaw, Mark De Angelis, Shawn Bailey
Writer: Mark De Angelis

Le chum de ma mère est un extra-terrestre
Voyous Films
Producers: Marie-Claire Lalonde, Gabriel Allard-Gagnon
Writer: Éric K. Boulianne
Director/Creator: Kim St-Pierre

Dakodak – Season 2
Van Der Lol
Producer: Julien Roussin Côté
Writers: Alexandre Soublière, Anita Rowan
Director/Creators: Laurence Morais-Lagacé, Sébastien Landry

Juliette en direct – Season 2
Les Productions Passez Go
Producer: Vicky Bounadère
Writer: Yvan DeMuy
Director: Marie-Claude Blouin

Producers: Isabel Dréan, Simon Côté
Writer: Ghislain O’Prêtre
Directors: Isabel Dréan, Simon Côté

Moderation Town, Season 2
Stitch Media
Producers: Evan Jones, Victoria Ha, Michael Schaus
Writers: Evan Jones, Michael Schaus, Stephan MacLeod
Director: Mark Mullane

Producers: Nicholas Vachon, Jean-Pierre Morin, Francine Forest
Writers: Patrick Dupuis, Jean-Philippe Duran
Director: Christian Laurence

Prison Dancer
Prison Dancer Productions
Producers: Ana Serrano, Romeo Candido, Derek Chua, Carla Serrano
Writers: Romeo Candido, Carmen de Jesus
Director: Romeo Candido

Ruby Skye P.I., Season 2
Story 2.OH
Producers: Jill Golick, Kerry Young, Karen Walton, Steven Golick
Writer: Jill Golick
Director: Kelly Harms

Leaping Lizards Productions Inc.
Producers: Liz Scully, Leonard Terhoch
Writer: Liz Scully
Director: Liz Scully
Interactive Services Co.: Zeros 2 Heroes

Space Janitors
Brooms in Space Productions Inc.
Producers: Davin T. Lengyel, Geoff Lapaire
Writer: Geoff Lapaire

Smiley Guy Studios Inc.
Producer: Jonas Diamond
Writer: Jeremy Diamond
Director: Denny Silverthorne

Frantic Films
Producers: Shaun Johnson, Shawn Watson, Jamie Brown, Tammy Marlowe Johnson
Writer: Tammy Marlowe Johnson, Mike McIntyre
Interactive Service Company: Tactica Communications Inc.

Your Lupine Life
Karma Film, T3 Digital Productions
Producers: Anand Ramayya, Torin Stefanson, Teri Armitage
Writers: Torin Stefanson, Teri Armitage
Director: Torin Stefanson

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