What We’re Looking For

We love stories as much as you do, so bottom line – we want to get blown away by your distinct Indigenous vision. Right now, APTN is looking for bold and unique shows to develop and push into production.

We’re looking for universal stories that will attract, entertain and inform our audience. Travel off the beaten path and seek out the stories that inspire and move you.

We aim to share stories that highlight all aspects of Indigenous life — the beauty, the complexity and everything in between.

Show us what you’ve got!

Ongoing Development Submissions

Documentary Series & Kids’ Series Development

Proposals will be accepted at any time during the year, but decisions will be made in batches in February, July, and November.

Indigenous Language Series Development

Indigenous language series development is supported by APTN in conjunction with the CMF Indigenous Program for series with a minimum of 20% Indigenous language (or more). Typically, the CMF Indigenous Development and Pre-development Program opens up early in the spring, so winter is a good time to be assembling your package and reaching out to us for a letter of support.

*Note: Only CMF-eligible formats can be considered.

Letters of Support

APTN will consider writing letters of interest for funds and programs that require a broadcaster letter in order to be eligible for the development of a project (e.g., Bell Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, ISO, etc.). APTN is not obligated to provide letters of support, but we will do so when projects align with our programming needs.

Letters for CMF applications for Pre-development (English and French language projects; Indigenous language projects) may be provided. If you would like a letter to support your pre-development project, reach out at least 30 days prior to the CMF deadline.

Questions and Requests

Danelle Granger
Executive in Charge of Development and Scripted Production
APTN
339 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2C3
[email protected]

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Phase 1 development (to create the polished bible, pitch deck, episode outlines and pilot script). This first phase of development may be done through an RFP process, or negotiated in partnership with another broadcaster.

Phase 2 development (bible, full package of scripts and casting) will be done ONLY for projects previously developed by APTN, or in partnership with another broadcaster.

Scripted Development

Phase 1 development (to create the polished bible, pitch deck, episode outlines and pilot script) will be done through an RFP, once per year. APTN may choose to support other scripted projects in development if they are brought by another broadcaster as a potential partnership opportunity. Applications must include the following creative materials:

  • Overview of the show’s concept, themes, tone, style, and audience. Pitches with images to convey the visual approach and overall feel of the show are encouraged.
  • Character descriptions
  • Outline of pilot and ideas for first season.

Phase 2 development (bible, full package of scripts and casting) will be done ONLY for projects previously developed by APTN, or in partnership with another broadcaster.

How to Submit

All ongoing development submissions for Documentary Series, Kids’ Series or Indigenous Language Series Development must be accompanied by the following:

Who Can Submit a Pitch*

APTN can issue a commitment to either an individual producer or a production company. In order for proposals to be eligible for consideration, one of the following conditions must be met:

  • A) If submitted by an individual**, they must be an Indigenous person, which is defined to include First Nations, Inuit or Métis individual who resides in Canada; (OR)
  • B) If submitted by a company, it must be an Indigenous production company, which is defined as an incorporated Canadian production company that is owned no less than 51% by one or more Indigenous Persons.

*Applies to all development and First Window licenses only
**A producer applying as an individual should be aware that they may be required, by APTN or other funders such as CMF, to incorporate once full financing is obtained.

What to Expect

Producers can expect a response within eight weeks of our internal development reviews, which happen three times per year (second week of February, July and November). If your submission is not selected during the eight-week review period, you will be contacted by the regional manager of programming. At that point, your submission will be deemed withdrawn and APTN will not have any rights or claims to it.