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Canada-New Zealand coproductions receive over $500K

March 20, 2018

Toronto, March 20, 2018 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and NZ On Air announced today a financing incentive of over CAD$515,000 for two digital media coproduction projects under the Canada-New Zealand Digital Media Fund.

The following projects will receive funding as part of this incentive.

Project Production Companies CMF Funding (CAD$) NZ On Air (APPROX. CAD$) TOTAL Funding (APPROX. CAD$)
A Paper World Signal Space Inc.
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Kiwa Digital
$97,151 $130,366 $227,517
Hide & Seek with Kiri and Lou Yowza Animation Corp.
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Kiri and Lou Ltd.
$97,806 $189,990 $287,796


Now in its fourth year, this partnership between the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and NZ On Air funds eligible digital media coproductions between producers from the two countries. By funding projects that use new technologies to tell culturally-relevant stories, the program is designed to encourage creative producers from each country to collaborate on digital media productions.

Projects were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from each funding organisation. Funded projects involve at least one eligible Canadian producer and at least one New Zealand resident producer.

A success story

A clear example of the tangible success of the Canada-New Zealand Digital Media Fund is the cross-border interactive documentary: I Spy (With My Five Eyes). A collaboration between Toronto’s Jam3 and Auckland’s Fume, the project received $400K in total funding in 2014-2015.

I Spy explores the way five major English-speaking nations (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) share online information with one another for international security purposes. The documentary’s innovative approach allows the audience to select which part of the story they want to see next; they have the choice of how deep into the story they want to go.

The project was very well received by audiences and was awarded Gold at the ADCC Awards in the Best Overall Website category and Silver in the Education and Information category. Jam3 also took home the Interactive Agency of the Year award. For an in-depth feature on this project, visit CMF Trends.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships. To learn more, please visit cmf-fmc.ca.

About NZ On Air
NZ On Air is a government public media funding agency investing in diverse local television, radio, music and digital media for New Zealand audiences. The content NZ On Air funds reflects and develops NZ’s identity and culture and increases diversity on screens, the airwaves and in the digital world. For more visit nzonair.govt.nz

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For more information, please contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund
aferreira@cmf-fmc.ca
416-554-2768

Allanah Kalafatelis
Head of Communications
NZ On Air
allanah@nzonair.govt.nz
011 64 4 21 585 538

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