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PictureNL Producer Mentorship Program

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Sarolta Csete

Director, Mentorship and International Development

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Application process

We only accept applications through 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:

Producer applicants:

Mentors:

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

Spots available

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Deadline

July 2, 2024

About PictureNL 
PictureNL is the lead agency for the province for investments in film and television productions through its equity, tax credit and development programs. Through its five programs, the agency offers local producers and outside producers and productions the support needed to help the province’s production sector to flourish.

The CMPA has partnered with PictureNL to create a mentorship program that focuses on training up emerging and mid-career producers in the local film and television production sector, broadening their understanding of production activities.

This program also assists Newfoundland and Labrador-based companies in building successful businesses by injecting new talent into the region’s audiovisual ecosystem and helping them with their strategic expansion.

The program is open to Newfoundland and Labrador-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 producers. Activities can take place during any stage of production and include, but are 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 Indigenous and equity-deserving 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 Indigenous and equity-deserving groups, or persons with intersectional identities.

This program is offered with financial support from Picture NL.

Mentee eligibility

  • Must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 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, 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 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 Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Must be co-applying with a producer 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 candidates seeking a mentor. Find out more here.
  • Must contribute toward the program participant stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the producer applicant with whom they are submitting a joint application

Selection process

A selection panel will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria for the mentor company and the producer application. 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 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-producer applicant relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-placement employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the producer participant’s stipend; demonstrated commitment to sharing expertise, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear objectives and skills development goals, including outlining 3-5 critical experiences that the producer will undertake.
  • Strength of the proposed work plan (e.g., producer participant’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed producer’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to the screen-based media production industry

Historically, CMPA mentorship programs have been oversubscribed; as such, some worthy applications may not be successful.

Financial assistance

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.

Payment of funds

Upon selection each mentor company must sign a contract with the CMPA and the producer participant, 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 producer participant’s stipend.

The CMPA contribution will be disbursed in three installments. The mentor will receive each installment 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 producer participant’s stipend).