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Canada and Germany renew and increase budget of digital media codevelopment and coproduction incentive 

July 23, 2018

Toronto, July 23, 2018 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), the body responsible for film funding and media business development in the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg, announced today the renewal, for a two-year period, of their incentive for the codevelopment and coproduction of digital media projects between Canadian producers and German producers based in Berlin-Brandenburg. 

The total amount of funding available through the Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive has been increased to approximately CAD $450,000, with each funding organization contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD $300,000. 

To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under both organisations’ criteria. Projects will have to be created for digital platforms and can be either a game, a web series, multiplatform content, augmented reality or virtual reality experiences.

Projects will be evaluated according to a set of criteria, including innovative and creative elements, how they engage the targeted community and audience, the creative team, and the viability of the projects’ budget and timelines.

As a further incentive, a delegation of Berlin and Brandenburg producers and developers from the field of digital content will visit Toronto and Montréal from 24 to 28 September 2018. The creators will participate in briefings on the digital media industry, company visits, one-on-one meetings, a co-development lab, as well as matchmaking and networking events. The aim is to bring Berlin-Brandenburg and Canadian companies together and facilitate the develpment of fruitful partnerships between them.

How to apply

All applications must comply with the guidelines for the Incentive which are available on both the CMF and MBB websites. Click here to access the guidelines. Submissions are open immediately and will close on December 4, 2018.

Projects will be evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the CMF and MBB. Recipients will be announced in January 2018.

Finding an international partner

Producers interested in finding an international partner as part of this incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries. Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission (BBFC), MBB’s first stop agency for film and media producers, offers the same service for the German capital region, which can be accessed by clicking here.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.

About Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The Media Development division represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location in Germany at international markets and festivals, provides market research and analysis and organizes networking events. The department funds media-related projects, serial formats as well as the development of innovative and interactive content in the games, web, and virtual reality categories. The Film Funding division provides funding for films, serial drama and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry.

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For more information, please contact:

Jill Samson 
Canada Media Fund Program Administrator
Deputy Director – Portfolio Management
jill.samson@telefilm.ca
416.973.1819

Esther Rothstegge
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Funding Advisor
e.rothstegge@medienboard.de
+49 331 74387 27

For media requests, please contact:

André Ferreira
Canada Media Fund
Communications Manager
aferreira@cmf-fmc.ca
416.554.2768

Laura Winkler
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Head of Communication and Press Media Development
l.winkler@medienboard.de
+49 331 74387 62

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