Italy and Canada collaborate on incentive for development of documentaries

Toronto, April 28, 2015 - 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 agreement to establish an incentive for codevelopment of documentary projects between producers in both countries. The announcement was made an event organized by the Italian Trade Commission as part of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The Canada – Italy Codevelopment Incentive for Documentary Projects’ budget is set at CAD $200,000, with each partner investing half of the total amount.

Eligible documentary projects must be a feature-length documentary intended for theatrical release in Italy and for broadcast by an eligible Canadian broadcaster, and must involve at least one Canadian producer and one Italian producer.

 “Today’s announcement is a reflection of the CMF’s commitment to provide access to diverse sources of funding for Canadian documentary producers and supports our objective to foster mutually beneficial relationships between content creators from Canada and their counterparts in key coproduction countries,” says Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “We are pleased to be working with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism which allows us to expand our matching fund program to include documentary projects with Italy. This new partnership will also expose audiences from both countries to the depth and diversity of coproduced documentary content.”  

According to Nicola Borrelli, Director Cinema, MiBACT: “With this far-reaching agreement between Canada and Italy, and the nomination of three Italian films for Cannes 2015, we can see that Italian cinema is on the rise! Such cooperative and creative ventures are a reality today and will no doubt enrich our productions, reflecting back the diverse realities that surround us.”

Details and guidelines for this new incentive will be available on the CMF’s website and on DGC’s website as of May 12, at which date the incentive will open for applications. The application deadline is September 11, 2015. Projects will be 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, 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. For more 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:

Maurice Boucher
Director, Marketing and Communications
Canada Media Fund
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Chiara Fortuna 
Direzione Generale Cinema
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
0039 06 6723 3214
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Silvia Finazzi
Direzione Generale Cinema
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
0039 066723 3427
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