Canada-New Zealand coproductions receive $1M in funding

Toronto (Canada) / Wellington (New Zealand), March 16, 2016 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and NZ On Airannounced today a financing incentive of CAD $1 million for three digital media coproduction projects under the Canada-New Zealand Digital Media Fund.

Now in its second year, this partnership between the CMF and NZ On Air funds eligible digital media coproductions by 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.

“Through this program, we foster creative alliances to enable projects that tell stories and provide digital media experiences that resonate with international audiences,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “Thanks to our historical ties, coproduction between Canada and New Zealand can facilitate the development of high-quality media products that carry cultural relevance beyond our two countries. We are delighted to support three innovative productions that achieve just that.”

“This collaboration between NZ and Canada is a fascinating way to explore common areas of interest. We are particularly pleased that the three projects chosen this time are all for children and young people, an audience eager to engage with dynamic online content,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.  

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

Project Production companies CMF Funding
(CAD $)
NZ On Air Funding
(Approx. CAD $)
Total CMF & NZ Funding
(Approx. CAD $)
Curious Critters Canada: La Boîte à Pitons
New Zealand: Yoozoo Ltd.
$196,000 $204,000 $400,000
Mythical Creatures Canada: Arcana Studio Inc.
New Zealand: Kiwa Digital Limited
$170,000 $131,968 $301,968
Fierce Girls Canada: Mamaoo Pictures Limited
New Zealand: Awatea Tech Limited
$200,000 $200,000 $400,000
TOTALS   $566,000 $535,968 $1,101,968

Projects were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from both funding organisations. Funded projects involve at least one eligible Canadian producer and at least one New Zealand resident producer. Both organisations contributed an equal share in the total funding of the incentive.

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

About NZ On Air
NZ On Air is a government broadcast 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


André Ferreira
Communications Manager
Canada Media Fund
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Allanah Kalafatelis
Communications Manager
NZ On Air
011 64 4 21 585 538
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