Telefilm Canada provides funding to independent video games

by Robert Janelle

Telefilm Canada, the federal culture agency that develops and promotes Canadian audio/visual work, has been providing funding to independent video games in Canada, according to a piece on game industry site Gamasutra.

Vancouver-based Hothead Games received $536,069 for DeathSpank, the latest from acclaimed designer Ron Gilbert.

Meanwhile, Fez, from Montreal collective Polytron Corporation has received $73,682. 

The grant money is provided as "repayable advances," that only need to be paid back if the game turns a profit. The amount to be paid back can also be reduced by 10 per cent if a French language version is provided.

Below is a video of Fez, expected to be released in 2010.


FEZ TRAILER 2 from fish on Vimeo.

Telefilm Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Telefilm Canada is a Crown corporation reporting to Parliament through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Headquartered in Montréal, Telefilm provides services to the Canadian audiovisual industry by means of four regional offices located in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal and Halifax. Our mandate: Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to the development and promotion of the... more

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Robert Janelle

Robert Janelle

Robert Janelle is a freelance technology journalist living in the National Capital Region. He's spent time covering the Ottawa start-up scene as a columnist and feature writer with his work in National Capital Scan, The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Sun, Kingston Whig-Standard and The Escapist. He also suffers from a mild addiction to video games. more

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