Canada-Italy documentary project receives $38.5K in funding

Toronto (Canada) / Rome (Italy), March 7, 2017 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Italian Directorate General for Cinema of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism (DGC - MiBACT) announced today an investment of CAD $38.5K for one project under the Canada-Italy Codevelopment Incentive for Documentary Projects.

As part of this incentive, Matter of Fact Media (Canada) and GA&A Productions (Italy) will collaborate in the development of Beast Hunters of Rome. This documentary will tell the story of the little-known hunters of Ancient Rome who risked their lives by catching wild animals for the deadly performances that entertained thousands in the Colosseum. The CMF contributed CAD$22,500 to this project, while DGC - MiBACT contributed CAD$16,000.

To be eligible for funding, the selected project was required to be a one-off documentary intended for broadcast by an eligible Canadian broadcaster, involving at least one Canadian producer and one Italian producer. Projects were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from both funding organizations.

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

About Directorate General for Cinema of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism
Italian Directorate General for Cinema is in charge of public functions and duties related to the Film Industry. The statutory mandate of the Directorate General for Cinema entails the promotion, the development, the protection and the circulation of Italian Cinema. This mission is deeply connected to the nature of one of the most innovative forms of Italian cultural expression – motion picture – based on the need of consolidating the chief role of this sector in creating and preserving national and local cultural identity. For more visit


For more information, please contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund
[email protected]

Chiara Fortuna
Direzione Generale Cinema
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
[email protected]
0039 06 6723 3214