Film Nova Scotia and the Independent Production Fund have partnered on a pilot program to support web-based media production. Film Nova Scotia is contributing $100,000 to secure two projects for creators and producers of web drama in Nova Scotia. “Broadcasting on the web is experiencing phenomenal growth and brings significant potential for local producers and the province’s economy,” said Ann Mackenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “Exploring and supporting production through new digital platforms is a key priority for us and we are excited to partner with the Independent Production Fund.” In recognition of the evolving broadcast industry, the program will provide equity financing to scripted drama series designed and produced for broadcast on the web. Financing sources have traditionally been limited in this area. “It will be an exciting learning process for all of us,” said Charles Ohayon, Independent Production Fund board chairman. “We will help develop best practices to take advantage of the opportunities that digital platforms provide for new production styles, processes, formats and business models.” The Independent Production Fund is inviting proposals for online drama series until March 31. Regulations will be minimal to encourage innovation and experimentation. Projects must be webcast on Canadian-owned websites first to create more content for Canadian portals. Further information and requests-for-proposal guidelines are available at www.ipf.ca . The Independent Production Fund was established in 1991 and has invested more than $50 million in 229 television drama series and more than 300 professional development projects. It is a private foundation with charitable status and operates on interest generated by its $35-million endowment and funds recouped from project investments. An independent board of directors oversees operations and makes all funding decisions. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation. It provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industry. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.