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Peacock Alley Entertainment’s Jensplaining (10 x 12 minutes) and Blue Ant Media’s Animalogic: Second Nature (26 x 7 minutes) are among 14 unscripted titles to receive funding through the Bell Fund’s Short-Form Digital Series (Non-Fiction) Program.

All told, the fund distributed $2.4 million in the latest round, with more than $670,000 of that total allocated to the discoverability of those projects.

The fund also backed Second Peninsula’s Brief But Spectacular (8 x 3 minutes), Muse Entertainment’s Cara Takes Up Space (6 x 10 minutes), 7 Innovation Productions’ Outlaw Land 10 x 8 minutes), Banger Films’ Shredders of Metal: Vol. 2 (6 x 10 minutes), marblemedia’s SMASHALOT! (10 x 3 minutes), Coolest Things Productions’ Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made (10 x 5 minutes) and RTR Media’s BUY or DIY (12 x 10 minutes).

On the French-language side, season two of Nadagam Films’ Abitibi 360 (6 x 5 minutes), Eurêka! Productions’ La Science de l’art (8 x 15 minutes), Vice Studio Canada’s Lex et Wasiu (20 x 5 minutes), season two of Urbania TV’s Sans Filtre (20 x 10 minutes) and Picbois Productions’ Trafic (6 x 5 minutes) also received production coin.

The short-form non-fiction program was one of four pilot programs launched last September after the Bell Fund retired a number of its programs after the CRTC revised the policy framework for Certified Independent Production Funds. Each project is eligible to receive up to $200,000 through the short-form non-fiction program ($150,000 in production funding and $50,000 for discoverability).

-Jordan Pinto, Playback Online

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