Production Mentorship Program
This program will offer CMPA members in British Columbia the opportunity to work with emerging and mid-level producers. The focus of the initiative is to provide general producer training to those who are starting out their careers, have limited experience in the screen-based media production industry or are transitioning into it from a different field. The program is open to all British Columbia based CMPA member companies in good standing and mentee candidates who have a demonstrated interest in working in production with the ultimate goal of becoming a producer. Activities can take place during any stage of production and include activities including but not limited to research, development, on-set and office production, business affairs, marketing and promotion.
The CMPA is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving greater diversity and representation from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, persons from the broad spectrum of sexes, gender expressions and sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, or persons with intersectional identities.
A minimum of 35% of all mentorship placements will be reserved for mentees from equity-seeking, sovereignty-seeking, or intersectional groups.
- Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person on whom refugee status has been conferred
- Must be a resident of British Columbia
- Must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
- Cannot be an employee or family member of the mentor company
- Must be co-applying with a mentor company. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair candidates with limited or no access to suitable mentor companies, with its qualifying members. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available. You may also create a mentee profile that will be accessible to mentor companies seeking a candidate. Find out more here.
Mentor company eligibility
- Must be a member of the CMPA
- Must be based in British Columbia
- Must contribute a minimum of $8,000/$12,000 toward the mentee stipend
- Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate
- Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair mentor companies with suitable candidates. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available. You may also post a mentorship opportunity that will be accessible to mentees seeking a mentor. Find out more here.
- A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the mentee with whom they are submitting a joint application
A selection panel will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the mentee. The panel will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit and the selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final. Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful. All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in the screen-based media production industry. As such, the selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These factors may include, but are not limited to, the:
- Viability of the mentor-mentee relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-placement employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the mentee’s stipend; demonstrated commitment to sharing expertise, and ability and experience in training)
- Clear objectives and skills development goals
- Strength of the proposed work plan (e.g., mentee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed mentee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience
- Demonstrated commitment to screen-based media production industry
Historically, CMPA mentorship programs have been oversubscribed; as such some worthy applications may not be successful.
Duration of placement
- 5 placements – 20 weeks @ 40 hrs/week:.
- 2 placements – 40 weeks @ 40 hrs/week
- $16,000 (minimum)
- $8,000 from the program
- $8,000 from the mentor company
- $32,000 (minimum)
- $20,000 from the CMPA
- $12,000 from the mentor company
Payment of funds
Each mentee receives a minimum of $16,000/$32,000 for their placement. The program contributes $8,000, while the mentor company must contribute a minimum of $8,000/$16,000. Upon selection each mentor company must sign a contract with the CMPA and the mentee, outlining the requirements of the program, including reporting procedures and how funds will be dispersed. Each financial award is to be solely applied to the mentee’s stipend. The CMPA contribution will be disbursed in three instalments. Each instalment will be given to the mentor upon submission of an invoice for the amount and the required supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the mentee’s stipend).
We only accept applications via our online application portal. Should you require assistance with your application, please contact us.
Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process:
- Letter of intent
- Two (2) letters of reference (download template)
- Letter of intent
- Placement work plan (to be completed online)
Seven (Minimum 3 dedicated to mentee applicants from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups)
20-week placements must be completed by March 15, 2024. 40-week placements must be completed no later than May 31, 2024
Extended to July 4, 2023 due to the long weekend.