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Canada and Argentina to invest over $130K in animation and digital codevelopment projects

July 16, 2019

Toronto/Buenos Aires, July 16, 2019 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) of Argentina announced today an agreement to establish an incentive for the codevelopment of animated television series, and other digital media content between Canadian and Argentine creators. The total budget for the Incentive is set at over CAD $130,000.

“Argentina is a regional cultural powerhouse. It was only fitting that CMF partner with a country where the development and production of audiovisual content is a key cultural and economic driver,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “This new agreement allows the CMF’s to continue establishing constructive partnerships with funding agencies in key markets. We hope Canadian creators will benefit by turning their attention to Argentina in the search for codevelopment opportunities and I look forward to seeing the projects we fund through this incentive get to the production stage.”

“This is a very important agreement for our film industry, because Canada Media Fund is perhaps one of the world's most effective funds,” said Ralph Haiek, President of INCAA. “The projects developed with their collaboration have been exported to leading markets. Its main focus are productions made for digital platforms, especially animation, and interactive developments, which today are pushing the audiovisual boundaries.”

Projects must involve producers eligible under both organisations’ criteria. They will have to be animated codevelopment television series that meet the CMF’s genres of Drama, Documentary, or Children and Youth programming. Fiction, documentary or animation codevelopment project created for digital platforms, including web series, narrative digital content, transmedia projects, virtual or extended reality are also eligible. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the Incentive will be US$25,000 (approximately CAD $32,000).

Finding a codevelopment partner

Producers interested in finding an international partner as part of this development 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.

How to apply

Projects will be evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the CMF and INCAA.

All applications must comply with the guidelines for the Incentive which will be available on the CMF website. Click here to access the guidelines. Submissions will open immediately and will close on October 31, 2019. Recipients will be announced in December 2019.

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 the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts
The National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) is a nonstate public agency within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Argentina. Its main purpose is to promote, foster, strengthen and regulate audiovisual production in Argentina, as well as in foreign territory regarding national cinematography; also, to guarantee access to audiences in every region of the country. Created in 1958, throughout its history it has been strengthened by national laws, which incorporated tools to achieve one of the most important audiovisual industries in Latin America, with acknowledgment of its production in the main international film festivals for its high quality and diversity, allowing it to compete with the best cinema in the world. Every year, on average, 150 films are produced and over 200 Argentine films and co-productions are released, which are watched by over 6 millon spectators. More than 900 projects receive some kind of support for production from INCAA, through contests, credits and subsidies. The Institute promotes the engagement and education of audiences, through different federal programs that guarantee the promotion of Argentine cinema in all regions of the country.

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For more information, please contact:

Jill Samson 
Canada Media Fund Program Administrator
Deputy Director – Portfolio Management
[email protected]
416.973.1819

For media requests, please contact:

André Ferreira
Canada Media Fund
Communications Manager
[email protected]
416.214.4402

Mercedes Funes 
Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales
Subgerencia de Prensa y Comunicación
[email protected]

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