Toronto (Canada) and Mons (Belgium), January 21, 2019 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Wallimage, the development fund for audiovisual content in Wallonia (Belgium), today announced $599,000 in funding to support the coproduction of two virtual reality projects under the Canada–Wallonia Digital Media Incentive for Multiplatform Projects.
For this fourth edition of the Canada–Wallonia matching fund, the two funding agencies joined with Pôle Media Grand Paris, which will act as the logistical partner supporting projects in the production phase.
Two Canadian production companies will work with two Walloon companies in developing the following projects:
|Marco Polo Go Round
||Item 7 Inc.
||Les productions 55 inc
Marco Polo Go Round is a humorous, surrealistic love story. The user is invited to participate in a couple’s relationship as their world literally falls apart around them. The intimacy of the actors is captured through movement, creating poignant and detailed animated characters in a fully immersive environment.
-22.7°C offers a sensory and musical immersive experience in the Arctic Circle. Setting out to discover the Arctic, the user lives a creative experience in a harsh environment. Ears wide open, she explores all the sounds emanating from this grandiose natural setting and becomes fully aware of its fragility. This hybrid project combines immersive and theatrical technologies with innovative sound and music to provide any audience with a unique experience.
The projects submitted were evaluated in accordance with a set of eligibility criteria by a selection committee composed of representatives from the CMF and Wallimage in collaboration with Pôle Média Grand Paris.
Since the launch of the joint incentive with Wallimage in 2014, seven projects have received funding for an overall investment of close to $1.7 million. For more information about projects funded by the CMF, please consult the database of projects funded here.
About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) supports the creation and promotion of popular and innovative Canadian content, as well as of innovative software for current and emerging digital platforms. CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global digital environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voices and promoting access to content through partnerships with industry and the private sector. To learn more, visit cmf-fmc.ca.
Wallimage is the public financing arm of the audiovisual sector in Wallonia. Mainly recognized for supporting local talent and bringing topflight international co-productions to Wallonia, the funding agency is also active in financing audiovisual service companies based in southern Belgium. Wallimage was one of the founding partners of Creative Wallonia, a catalyst program that provides a platform for investing in the development of new creative digital industries. To learn more, visit www.wallimage.be
For further information, please contact:
Canada Media Fund
Domenico La Porta
+32 476 70 27 32