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EAVE On Demand Access Program

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

Program status:

Training underway


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 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.

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.

At a glance

  • Applications open: Friday, October 29, 2021
  • Application deadline: Monday, November 22, 2021 at 5 p.m., ET
  • Selected participants notified: Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Workshop 1 (online): March 14 to 23, 2022 (producers and writers)
  • Workshop 2 (in person): June 24 to 29, 2022 (producers and writers)
  • Workshop 3 (in person): October 28 to November 2, 2022 (producers only)

The value of the training, per producer, is $30K. The Canada Media Fund is committed to the development of underrepresented producers and has made a significant contribution to offset the cost of tuition for participants of this program.

Key information

Program dates
February 2022 to November 2022
Part-time, online and in person
$50 non-refundable application fee per project $250 producer tuition + flight or train costs for workshops 2 and 3 No tuition fee for writers (for those applying with a project) only flight or train costs for workshop 2

This training is for you if:

  • You are a mid-career, Canadian producer with or without a factual or dramatic feature film or series currently in development
  • You are a Canadian writer developing a factual or dramatic feature film or series with the producer applicant
  • You identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC)

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
  • Have already produced a factual or dramatic feature film or series
  • Not be a participant in any other program that would conflict with your ability to commit to this training
  • Commit the necessary time and flight or train costs to complete the program
  • Own or control a production company (producers only)
  • Ensure you have full access to your subject or subjects with a written document granting you life rights to their story (if applicable)
  • Maintain creative and financial control over the project as well as technical ownership. This includes ownership of, or option on, all underlying rights (if any)

You can apply to this program:

  • 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.

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.

Program phases

Training sessions

Through the workshops, you will enhance and finalize your pitch materials; script or treatment for documentaries; company and financial planning documents; co-production contracts, clearance and rights materials, and 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 and in-person training sessions are pending any public health guidelines and travel restrictions due to COVID.

Program phases

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

At the National Screen Institute we serve and help develop the gifts of Indigenous creators.

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.


Please review the FAQ below. Program manager Ursula Lawson (ursula.lawson@nsi-canada.ca) is happy to answer any further questions about the application process or training.

Frequently asked questions

Meet the faculty


Kristina Trapp

Chief Executive, EAVE

Kristina has worked in the film industry in Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg since 1999.


Satu Elo

Program Manager, EAVE

Satu is based in Luxembourg and has worked as program manager at EAVE since 2010.


Jeff Peeler

Program Advisor

Producer Jeff Peeler started Three Film and Television after 17 years at a senior management level at the award-winning international film and television production company, Frantic Films.


Ursula Lawson

Senior Programs Manager

Ursula has been with the National Screen Institute since 2004 and is the senior programs manager.


Oyinkansola (Oyin) Bolaji-Idowu

Administrator, Programs and Operations

Oyinkansola first came to the National Screen Institute as an RBC Career Launch Program associate on secondment in September 2020.

Meet the students

Program Partners

canada-media-fund CMF Telefilm Canada Indigenous Screen Office Alberta Film Commission Ontario Creates Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) Creative BC Creative Saskatchewan MFM Bell Fund manitoba-government winnipeg-arts-council
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