November 21, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) invites Aboriginal digital content creators to submit their fresh story idea for the production of Canadian linear web series. The network issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) today to support the development of an original series for multi-platform broadcast.

Developed by APTN to meet an increasing demand for programming content that is consumed online, this RFP has been crafted for Aboriginal Canadian creators working professionally in video and new media.

The network encourages creators to focus on their natural talent as a storyteller, which could result in a financial boost of $30,000 toward the production of a Drama, Documentary or Children’s and Youth linear web series.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a First Nations, Inuit or Métis person and a Canadian resident.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission.
  • Be open to English or Aboriginal-language Drama, Documentary or Children’s and Youth series created for online consumption and adapted for multi-platform screening and delivery.

Submission Specifics

  • RFP opens: November 21, 2016
  • Deadline for applications: January 23, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. PT/CT/ET
  • Decisions to Producers: March 2017
  • APTN Maximum Licence Fee: $30,000

Guiding principles can be consulted on APTN’s website.

Ma webserie sur APTN”, the French-language version of this initiative, in partnership with TV5 and modeled on their Fonds TV5 program contributes to the development of French-Canadian web series. The success of this partnership has brought it to its third call for submissions. Here are the web series launched to date.
• 2016 fund recipient: Police sans réserve by Sonia Bonspille Boileau
• 2015 fund recipient : À la sauce métisse by Jérémie Wookey and Janelle Wookey

APTN is proud to present this opportunity to other up-and-coming Aboriginal digital content creators across Canada.

ABOUT APTN:
September 1, 2016, marks the 17-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telcodelivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at www.aptn.ca

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:
Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
(204) 947-9331, ext. 339
jjubinville@aptn.ca