Pixelles C’est Fini! Fund

Helping creators cross the finish line.

Pixelles is happy to announce a brand new program, the C’est Fini! Fund, made possible through the generous support of WarnerMedia Access Canada and in collaboration with WB Games Montréal. This fund is meant to help creators finish their games so that they can put them on the market/for sharing, move onto future projects, or just to cross the finish line.

We will be offering up to $10,000 CAD along with tailored mentorship to game creators from underserved communities identifying as Indigenous, Black or racialized persons based in Canada. This funding is a grant, so there is no recoup, no publishing, or specific platform requirements.

Thank you for your applications. Applications closed on 11:59pm March 28, 2022!


Requirements

You (or your team) can apply for the C’est Fini Fund if you:

  • Currently reside in Canada
  • Are Canadian citizen(s) or permanent resident(s)
  • Are creatively led by a person from identifying as Indigenous, Black or from a racialized community. Note that the game’s team must be primarily composed of members identifying as Indigenous, Black or racialized and the team must not exceed three (3) full-time members.
  • Are mid-career (5+ years of experience as a professional game developer AND must have created at least 1 game that is publicly available to play)

Here is a copy of the application questions.

Questions about eligibility or the application? Check out our FAQ! An information session was held on Zoom at 12pm EST, March 11, 2022.


FAQ

Eligibility

Who can apply?

Canada-based game creators from underrepresented communities identifying as an Indigenous, Black, or racialized creator with 5+ years of experience who have completed at least one game and are currently in late-stage development of a game.

What games “count” towards the minimum 5 years professional experience?

Part-time work, game jam games, or cancelled games count. Games created during a school program do not count.

I currently live outside of Canada but I am a Canadian citizen. Can I still apply?

No. You must be living within Canada. You must also have a Canadian bank account that can receive a wire transfer.

As a FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) person, I do not consider myself a Canadian citizen or refer to the territory I reside on as Canada. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, absolutely. In your application, please don’t hesitate to refer to your nation and traditional territories, whether or not you currently reside there.

I am in the middle of the development cycle. Can I apply to this program?

You must be within 6 months of finishing your current game. The application will ask for a detailed timeline, and the final installment of the grant will be sent upon completion of a “market-ready” game.

The Game

What do you mean by “market-ready” game?

The game is available for distribution and to play by the public (e.g. it is posted on a platform such as itch.io).

What do you mean by “strong authorial voice”?

The project should strongly reflect the author’s voice/identity/personality, be it through the game’s narrative, setting, art style, etc.

Does my game have to be commercial? Does it have to be free?

We have no preference for either commercial or non-commercial works.

Do you accept board games, card games, and/or tabletop roleplaying games?

No. This fund is only applicable to digital games, or experiences with a primarily digital interaction component.

Application

Does my application and/or game need to be in English?

No, you can submit your application in either English or French. French applications will be professionally translated into English for the review committee. We do this because while some of our committee members can read French, the only language the entire selection committee speaks is English.

If I submit my application in French, will my additional documents also be translated into French?

Only the application questions will be translated from French to English. Extra documents submitted with this application will not be translated.

Funding

How will I receive the funding?

The funding is in two instalments, sent to the selected applicant by wire transfer. You must have a Canadian bank account in order to receive the wire transfer.

What expenses are eligible for my proposed budget?

There are no restrictions on how you spend the $10,000.

Can I use this money just to pay rent?

Yes. In the budget justification section of the application (Budget and Calendar: “Please describe how you are going to spend the money obtained through the C’est Fini! Fund.”), we advise that you explain how using funds to pay for rent would allow you to complete the game.

Evaluation

Who will be reviewing my application?

Our selection committee is composed of folks who have served as reviewers for our previous Creator Funds. We hope to conclude evaluations and distribute funds by mid-June 2022.



About WarnerMedia Access Canada


Established in 2020, WarnerMedia Access Canada elevates, activates, and connects Canadian talent from communities that have been historically marginalized with global opportunities and global audiences. This suite of above- and below-the-line initiatives builds on WarnerMedia’s relationships with creators, craftspeople and technicians of all genders and abilities from communities including Indigenous, Black, and racialized groups, people with disabilities, and members of LGBTQ2+ and Francophone minority communities. WarnerMedia Access Canada values the undervalued and celebrates the underrepresented — all to bring the best and most promising talent in Canada to the world.

About WarnerMedia Access


At WarnerMedia we believe in authentic, meaningful connection—to each other, to culture, and to our consumer. That’s why we empower fearless storytellers who bring our world into focus—and create cultural touchstones with the power to draw us together. Through best-in-class talent development programs, mentorship, placement opportunities and industry exposure, WarnerMedia Access serves as a powerful conduit connecting underrepresented Talent to our content and brands.

For more information on WarnerMedia Access visit Warner-Access.com

About WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands, including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, and others. 

WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). 

About WB Games Montréal

WB Games Montréal is a division of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment (WBIE). Founded in 2010, we are 300+ creative team members strong who join forces every day to create unforgettable AAA experiences across all platforms. Particularly known to the public for the game Batman™: Arkham Origins, WB Games Montreal’s flagship project is now Gotham Knights, an upcoming open-world, third-person action RPG, In which players embody the four Knights taking over Gotham’s protection (Batgirl, NightWing, Red Hood and Robin) after Batman’s Death. 

About Pixelles
Pixelles is a non-profit initiative committed to helping more people make and change games. We're based in Montreal, and have already succeeded in building a supportive community of game creators, both hobbyist and professional.

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