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CMPA Production Mentorship Program

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Sarolta Csete

Director, Mentorship and International Development

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This program will offer CMPA members 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 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.

Mentee eligibility

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person on whom refugee status has been conferred
  • 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, endeavor 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 co-applying with a mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavor 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.
  • Must contribute a minimum of $8,000/$12,000 toward the mentee stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the mentee with whom they are submitting a joint application

Selection process

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. 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., trainee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed trainee’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

  • 9 placements – 20 weeks @ 40 hrs/week.
  • 8 placements – 40 weeks @ 40 hrs/week

20-week placements must be completed by March 15, 2024. 40-week placements must be completed no later than May 31, 2024.

Mentee stipend

20-week placements:

  • $16,000 (minimum)
  • $8,000 from the program
  • $8,000 from the mentor company

40-week placements:

  • $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).

Application process

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:

Mentees:

Mentors:

  • Letter of intent
  • Placement work plan (to be completed online)

Spots available

17 (Minimum 6 dedicated to mentee applicants from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups)

Deadline

Deadline extended to July 4, 2023 due to the long weekend.