APTN + imagineNATIVE 

Web Series Open Call!

Over $60,000 in Prizing Support for Indigenous FNMI Creators in Canada

Deadline: Sept 11, 2019

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Original Linear Web Series in English and / or an Aboriginal Language with English subtitles

Drama or Documentary 

Open Call begins: August 19, 2019 

Deadline for applications: September 11, 2019 by 10 am ET 

Decisions: September 18, 2019 

APTN Maximum Licence Fee: $30,000

 Submission specifics 

* Failure to comply with the conditions set out in this document will result in automatic rejection of your proposal. 

August 19, 2019: imagineNATIVE and APTN invite Indigenous Canadian creatives to work with an industry mentor to develop and pitch their web series project to a panel of decision-makers for production funding! 

The APTN / imagineNATIVE Web Series “Open Call” will select four creative teams (director and producer) to participate in the annual pitch at the imagineNATIVE Festival. The selected teams will participate in a three-week, online pre-pitch training program to develop their projects and pitches.

The open call is seeking original narrative web series projects, in English and / or an Aboriginal Language with English subtitles, consisting of three (3) or more webisodes, each of which is no less than two (2) minutes long, and no longer than five (5) minutes.


The selected teams will receive a travel + accommodation subsidy to come to Toronto in October 2019, where they will have a final, on-site pre-pitch training session prior to the imagineNATIVE Festival. Teams will then pitch to an audience and the panel of judges on October 23rd, 2019. The winning team will be announced at a reception following the pitches.  '

The winner will receive an APTN web series licensing agreement, valued at up to $30,000, and additional cash and in-kind partnership support valued at over $60,000 CAD. 

What we’re looking for: 

• An original, narrative web series in English and / or an Aboriginal Language with English subtitles, consisting of three (3) or more webisodes, each of which is between 2-5 minutes long. 

• Eligible genres: Drama or Documentary. 

• Participants must own or otherwise control all rights to the project, including all rights of copyright and intellectual property, and will ensure that the project does not contain any material that violates the laws of Canada (common and statutory) or the codes of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (including the Equitable Portrayal Code, or the Voluntary Code Regarding Violence in Television Programs). The project will not contain any material that infringes on copyright, trade mark, title, or any other action arising from an allegation that the Producer does not own or control the underlying rights to the project. 

• Project must be planned to be delivered electronically in HD resolution. 

• Engaging, commercial, audience-driven stories that feature Aboriginal culture and people in front of and behind the camera; 

• Series should be geared for a specific target audience and supported by a promotional strategy that effectively targets that audience. 

Prizing includes: 

  • $30,000.00 Maximum web series licensing agreement from APTN 

  • $10,000.00 Production Prizing from the Bell Fund

  • $5,000.00   In-kind grant from William F. White for lighting equipment

  • $5,000.00   Business Affairs Support form Bizable Media

  • $4,000.00   BedTracks Music Catalogue and Production support

  • $1,500.00   Sustainable production consulting with Green Spark Group

  • $1,000.00   Services certificate from Technicolor for post-production services

  • $1,000.00   Hot Docs 2020 Conference and Networking Passes

  • $1,000.00   TIFF 2020 Industry Passes

  • $1,000.00   An imagineNATIVE supported crowd-funding webpage

  • $500.00      WIFT-T Programming Passes (TBC)

  • $400.00      T.O. Web Fest Conference Passes

Eligibility Criteria:   

  • The participants must be Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit) and   Canadian residents. 

  • Pitch teams (director and producer) must be in Toronto for pre-pitch practice October 21 and the pitch competition October 23rd, 2019.

  • Applications must be received via online form and accompanying material via email no later than September 11, 2019 at 10 am ET. Please combine the documents into one pdf. Visual support material may also be provided by links.

  • You may submit more than one pitch idea, using separate forms.

Please note: Travel subsidy will be based on the selected teams’ locations. Other expenses are not covered by imagineNATIVE. Lunch during the pitch training and imagineNATIVE Industry Passes will be provided to the selected teams.

If you have further questions, please email Adriana Chartrand, achartrand@imagineNATIVE.org.

The deadline for submissions is September 11, 2019 at 10 am ET. Applicants will be notified by September 18th, 2019, on the status of their application.

About APTN

APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit, charitable broadcaster and the only one of its kind in North America. Sharing our stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages, to approximately 11 million Canadian TV subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audience through genuine, inspiring, and engaging entertainment through multiple platforms.