Bob Crowe Mentorship Program for Emerging Indigenous Producers
Bob Crowe was a passionate film and television producer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Through his media production companies, Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots, he produced the TV series Rabbit Fall and The Other Side, as well as feature films including Big Muddy. He was a board member of the CMPA and chaired its mentorship committee.
This mentorship was established to honour Bob’s legacy, his contributions to the industry, and his dedication to mentoring the next generation of production talent—especially Indigenous talent.
This mentorship placement will be awarded to an Indigenous producer who will work with an established CMPA member company for a 20-week period and receive general producer training. Preference will be given to applicants from Saskatchewan or Northern Canada, but all applicants outside major production centres are eligible.
The program is open to CMPA member companies in good standing from underrepresented regions and Indigenous candidates who have a demonstrated interest in screen content production.
- Open to Indigenous producers
- Preference will be given to applicants from Saskatchewan or Northern Canada but all applicants outside major production centres are eligible
- Must be a Canadian citizen
- 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
- Preference will be given to applicants from Saskatchewan or Northern Canada but all applicants with head offices outside major production centres are eligible
- 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.
- Must contribute a minimum of $ 8,000 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
- Preference will be given to applications where the training focuses on film and/or television productions; however, digital media producers are also eligible.
Duration of placement
20 weeks @ 40 hrs/week. Must be completed by March 15, 2024.
Payment of funds
Each mentee receives a minimum of $16,000 for their placement. The program contributes $8,000, while the mentor company must contribute a minimum of $8,000. 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 installments. Each installment 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.)
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 Indigenous 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 (eg. shared goals and objectives; post-placement employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the trainee’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 (eg. 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.
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)
- Extended to July 4, 2023 due to the long weekend.