CMF and Northern Ireland Screen announce $600,000 codevelopment incentive

Toronto, June 26, 2018 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Northern Ireland Screen announced today a new funding incentive for the development of screen-based projects between Canadian and Northern Ireland producers. The announcement was made during an event at Sunny Side of the Doc as part of Canada’s presence at the marketplace in collaboration with Telefilm Canada and several other Canadian partners. A total of CAD$600,000 (approximately £330,000) over three years is being made available to support the development of digital media and television projects. Click here to access the guidelines.

“This incentive gives producers in both countries the opportunity to push the geographic and creative boundaries of storytelling in a globalized media world,” says Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the CMF. “Given the linguistic, historical and cultural ties between Canada and Ireland, it was only fitting that the CMF develop a partnership with Northern Ireland Screen as an incentive for television and digital media coproduction that supports innovation and creativity in both countries,” she added.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen, said: “One of Northern Ireland Screen’s main aims is to support the development of, and invest in our wealth of creative talent; teaming up with CMF on this co-development initiative is a perfect partnership for us.  This new funding facilitates a meaningful opportunity for production companies here to collaborate more closely with Canada. We look forward to seeing what exciting projects will be developed through the scheme."

To be eligible, television projects must be in the drama, documentary, animation, or education genres, or digital media content made for other platforms, including web series, video games, transmedia projects, and virtual or augmented reality.  

The amount available for each year of the Incentive will be CAD$200,000 (approximately £110,000) with CAD$100,000 (approximately £55,000) contributed by each of the CMF and Northern Ireland Screen. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the Incentive is CAD$50,000 (approximately £27,500).

Identifying foreign partners

We invite producers interested in finding a foreign partner for this program to post their company profile on the CMF website by clicking here. Profiles will be available to anyone visiting the site, including potential partners in other countries.

Application process

All applications must comply with the Incentive Guidelines, which are available on the CMF and Northern Ireland Screen websites. Please click here to view them. The application period is now open and continues until November 13, 2018. Decisions will be announced on December 11, 2018.

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 Northern Ireland Screen
Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and games industries, driving global growth through boosting our economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children’s education.


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