Ontario Creates IDM Futures Forward

Designed to assist and fast-track applicants applying to Ontario Creates Interactive Digital Media Fund programs. Let us help you submit a winning application!

  • Recognize the key elements of business & marketing plans
  • Deepen your understanding of business operations
  • Learn more about budgeting and financing for IDM projects
  • Enhance your project pitch

The Ontario Creates IDM Fund Futures Program is a six-part program that provides potential funding applicants (companies and individuals) with the skills required to fast-track their knowledge acquisition and enhance the competitiveness of their company when applying to the Ontario Creates Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund Concept Definition and Production programs.

The curriculum focuses on application requirements and deliverables, in an effort to provide less-experienced applicants with the knowledge and resources necessary to submit a complete and well-crafted funding application.

Teams must be prepared to have at least one member available to attend all six parts of this intensive program.

Eligible companies who successfully complete the Program are eligible to receive one of a limited number of grants (non-refundable contributions) to assist them with their project development activities.

  • The maximum contribution to a project funded through the Program shall be the lesser of $20,000 or 75% of the project’s eligible costs with (i) 50% of the contribution from the CMF and (ii) 50% from Ontario Creates.
  • This Program has a commitment to provide 1/3 of its budget towards French-language projects and 2/3 of its budget towards projects from companies owned by members of equity-deserving communities.

More details on the Ontario Creates website.

Workshop Schedule & Instructors


Non-Members of WebSeries Canada: $25
WebSeries Canada Members: Free


*non-members will only have to pay if their application is accepted

Applications are for the 2024 cohort will open in the fall.

Thank you so much to WebSeries Canada for facilitating this training program. It has assisted my new production company ‘BetterHalf Films’ in meeting the eligibility requirements. With such project-focused consultations, support, and partnerships, WSC is bridging the gap between new web series creators and Canadian funding agencies. Congratulations to everyone on the team for creating this space!
 – Gursimran Datla, Founder, BetterHalf Films

For emerging creators, understanding the ins and outs of the Canadian entertainment industry can feel pretty overwhelming. The IDM: Futures Forward program is an incredibly valuable opportunity for early-career artists to better understand the industry at large while defining their own projects and companies through workshops with like-minded people. Having participated in many programs, workshops, and classes over the years this program has been the most effective in opening doors which led to establishing my production company, I’m Chips Productions, and receiving development funding for my first web series.
– Sydney Boniface, Founder, I’m Chips Productions

I just wanted to say thank you so much for allowing me to participate in the Futures Forward program. This process has been life changing and helped me to once again find that passion for my art and love for film, I very much appreciate the fact that you took the chance and allowed me the opportunity to tell a story that I truly believe in. I would not have been able to understand and write these submissions without the invaluable lessons that I learned during your program.
– J. Lee Williams