EAVE On Demand Access Program

Presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) with support from presenting partner Canada Media Fund (CMF)

Empowering BIPOC producers in Canada to become distinct storytelling voices in the global marketplace

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The EAVE On Demand Access Program provides training and mentorship for producers in Canada who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) to develop themselves, their projects and their companies to compete in the global market.

The European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) has been a major agent in promoting cross-border and cross-disciplinary collaboration for over 30 years, consistently empowering independent producers.

The National Screen Institute and Canada Media Fund have partnered with EAVE to bring this training to BIPOC producers in Canada.

The goal of the program is to develop global relationships, facilitate the growth of participant companies and advance the financing, export and co-production of IP.

Using EAVE’s methodologies, producers – both with and without projects – will work in groups using the projects as case studies.

Participants will be divided into groups to maximize collaboration and growth, and relationship and network building with fellow participants, faculty and mentors.

The National Screen Institute is committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour. Additionally, the jury will give consideration to applicants who are women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas, and various religious groups.


Program dates: February 2022 to November 2022
Type: Part-time (three workshops in March, June and October 2022, plus assignments)
Location: Online (10 days) and in person (six days), locations to be confirmed
Application deadline: Applications closed
Application fee: $50
Producer tuition: $250 plus flight or train costs for workshops 2 and 3
Writer tuition (for those applying with a project): No tuition fee, only flight or train costs for workshop 2
Language: English; accessibility supports available for Francophone participants

Please note the in-person sessions are pending any public health guidelines and travel restrictions due to COVID.


You can apply to this program either with or without a factual or dramatic feature film or series currently in development (referred to as a ‘project’ throughout). For producers with a project, training is also provided for the writer they are working with.

The program will train up to 18 BIPOC producers and their writers with a project in development, and up to 15 BIPOC producers without projects – a total of 51 participants from both English and French speaking communities.

Specifically, this training program will:

  • Empower BIPOC producers and writers to become distinct storytelling voices in the industry.
  • Strengthen BIPOC producers’ capacity to lead strong and successful companies which enable them to retain the IP of their content.
  • Empower producers to be more creatively involved and better able to contribute to the development process.
  • Enable a strong understanding of financial, export and corporate development of both their companies and their content.
  • Strengthen connection between producers to expand networks across provincial and international borders and enhance the quality of productions produced.
  • Enable a better understanding of the central role of marketing at every stage of the development, production, sales and distribution chain.
  • Facilitate an understanding of current, rapid changes in the media industry as it relates to new forms of distribution and exhibition, and new market opportunities presented by video-on-demand and the digital development of television and cinema distribution.

The following core materials will be enhanced and finalized through the workshops:

  • Pitch materials: business to business synopsis (various lengths), logline, director/producer statements
  • Script or treatment for documentaries
  • Financial planning documents: financing plan, SWOT, cashflow, strategy
  • Company planning: SWOT, strategy
  • Co-production contracts, clearance and rights materials, chain of title documents

Workshop 1 (online)

10 days part time (four to five hours per day) – March 14 to 23 , 2022

All producers and writers attend.

Workshop 2 (in person)

One week (full time) – June 24 to 29, 2022, location to be confirmed

All producers and writers attend.

Through a combination of masterclasses, group work, one-on-one meetings and online feedback sessions you will:

  • Focus on developing each producer’s real projects and/or companies
  • Work within groups led by experienced producers and experts on script analysis, development and production financing, legal aspects of co-production, marketing, pitching, packaging and more
  • Participate in group work reading and giving feedback on the other projects including producers without a project
  • Analyze fellow participant’s projects with industry experts in finance, sales, pitching and story

Between workshops, producers will receive continued support to complete assignments on project strategy and script development. Participants with projects will receive additional script consultant feedback sessions following workshops 1 and 2.

Workshop 3 (in person)

One week (full time) – October 28 to November 2, 2022, location to be confirmed

All producers attend.

  • All producers focus on international sales and company strategies and continue to discuss project development in groups.
  • All producers meet with a sales expert to identify the best international strategy for each project.
  • Participants complete a SWOT analysis of their company and build a company strategy.

Please note all dates are subject to change.

Faculty

From EAVE: Kristina Trapp (chief executive) and Satu Elo (program manager); from the National Screen Institute: Jeff Peeler (program advisor), Ursula Lawson (program manager) and Oyinkansola Bolaji-Idowu (program support).

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

At the National Screen Institute we are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas, and various religious groups.

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EAVE On Demand Access Program is presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) with support from presenting partner Canada Media Fund (CMF). Additional support provided by Telefilm Canada. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.