International incentives

The CMF is part of Canada’s strong funding ecosystem that fosters audiovisual content creation and encourages international coproduction.

Together, Canada’s coproduction treaties and the CMF’s financing provide opportunities for Canadian producers and their international counterparts to share resources and talent to tap into new markets. As consumers have growing access to content from all corners of the world, producers can benefit greatly from working together on the international front.

Current Incentives

The international coproduction and codevelopment incentives support innovative solutions to encourage the coproduction and codevelopment of content.

Below is a list of agreements for this fiscal year signed to date, with new international partnerships being announced throughout the year.

Applicants will be permitted to apply via Dialogue generally 10 days in advance of the Program’s Closing Date.

The Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH to create a joint program that encourages co-development and/or co-production of eligible digital media projects.

Dates to remember

Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany)

Selective

Closing Date
July 5, 2022

The Canada-Denmark Co-Development Incentive for Digital Media Projects is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund and the Danish Film Institute to fund the co-development of eligible digital media projects between producers from Canada and Denmark.

Dates to remember

Denmark

Selective

Closing Date
January 12, 2023

The Canada-Luxembourg Co-Development and Co-Production Incentive for Audiovisual Projects is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund and the Fonds national de soutien à la production audiovisuelle/Film Fund Luxembourg to support the co-development of television projects (fiction and animation), animated feature films, and digital media projects, as well as the co-production of digital media projects (AR – VR – transmedia projects – new technologies) for eligible projects involving producers from the two countries.

Dates to remember

Luxembourg

Closing Date
November 9, 2022

The Canada-Northern Ireland Co-Development Incentive is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund and Northern Ireland Screen to fund the co-development of eligible audio-visual projects between producers from Canada and Northern Ireland.

Dates to remember

Northern Ireland

Selective

Closing Date
August 31, 2022

The Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund and the National Film and Video Foundation to fund the co-development of eligible television projects between producers from Canada and South Africa.

Dates to remember

South Africa

Selective

Closing Date
October 21, 2022

Find a co-producer

The CMF and our international incentive funding partners invite producers interested in finding an international partner to use our search feature below. The CMF does not assess the admissibility to CMF programs of producers who wish to be listed here, but does evaluate their ability to promote themselves through this directory. The CMF does not specifically endorse any of the producers who choose to be added to this list.

Marc Serpa Francoeur

Lost Time Media

Development - Digital MediaDevelopment - TelevisionProduction - Digital MediaProduction - Television
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Scotland, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, USA, Belgium, France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Portugal, Colombia, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Quebec, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland
Description

Co-founded by Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal, Lost Time Media has produced a wide range of linear and interactive documentaries since 2013, including THE WORLD IN TEN BLOCKS (Hot Docs, 2016; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017), THE HEAD & THE HAND (Hot Docs, 2018), and the CBC Docs Original NO VISIBLE TRAUMA (VIFF, 2020; DOK.fest München, 2021). In 2022, they co-produced LOVE IN THE TIME OF FENTANYL in partnership with ITVS and with the support of the Sundance Institute. The film will have its International Premiere at DOC NYC, followed by broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens
in early 2023.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Development - Television, Production - Digital Media, Production - Television

Isabelle Rioux

Sentient Immersive

Development - Digital MediaProduction - Digital Media
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Quebec, Italy, Jerusalem, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, USA, Belgium, France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Portugal, Colombia, Netherlands
Description

We are a XR studio building interactive apps, unleasing the power of cinematic virtual reality to enhance the wellbeing of humankind.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Production - Digital Media

Matthew Cervi

Mad Samurai Productions

Development - Digital MediaDevelopment - TelevisionProduction - Digital MediaProduction - Television
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Australia, USA, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland
Description

Matthew started his career in the entertainment industry over 20 years working in Los Angele for companies like Valhalla Motion Pictures (Terminator, The Walking Dead) and Lighthouse Productions (The Sting, Taxi Driver, Mimic) before moving back to his hometown of Vancouver, BC and producing the Genie and Leo award winning short MILO 55160 starring Patrick McKenna.

Matthew followed that success with his first feature THE COLONY starring Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Zegers, and produced his second feature CRUEL & UNUSUAL in partnership with the Canadian Film Centre and Entertainment One. Matthew’s last feature JUGGERNAUT, starring Jack Kesy, Amanda Crew, David Cubitt and Peter McRobbie was produced in partnership with Canadian distributor levelFILM and Telefilm Canada.

Matthew continues to develop projects for the feature film and television landscape including optioning Eric Walters award winning YA novel series THE RULE OF THREE for television and entering postproduction on his latest feature THE ISLAND BETWEEN TIDES inspired by the short story Mary Rose from J.M. Barrie who created the iconic Peter Pan.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Cinema/Television and attended the Producer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre.

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Development - Digital Media, Development - Television, Production - Digital Media, Production - Television

Keneiloe Satekge

Black Tax Motion Pictures

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Canada, Netherlands, Germany
Description

BTMP is a 100% black female owned mass media and entertainment company, with a primary focus on film and television production.BTMP is Located in Bryanston, Johannesburg. BTMP is one of the most notable film and studio production companies in South Africa and is a Holding Company, registered in 2008, with 4 (four) subsidiary companies. First subsidiary is Africa Film Institute, registered in 2009. Second subsidiary is Africa Film Festival, registered in 2010. Third subsidiary is Gold Glass Television, registered in 2010, which has its subsidiaries being Africa Century Studios and Black Panther Motion Picture, registered in 2011 and 2017 respectively. The forth subsidiary is Black Tax Records registered in 2022.

BTMP's Vision is to tell Pan - African stories in a world class manner that showcases the best of African creativity and film production; empower black women and the youth in the entertainment and creative arts industry; utilise film and film making as a medium for social change

BTMP's mission statement is to to advance the African Film Industry by providing The African and Global audience with film production services that are exceptional yet cost-effective.

Our services include but are not limited to film production and film distribution, documentaries, music videos and brand videos, shooting location rental and digital marketing.

Our current work is 'Wake Up Sade', a thriller feature film, which is currently in post production. This is a thriller and crime feature film, about a woman who is unable to distinguish her reality and her dreams after an accident and is thus brutally pursued by Death.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Kela Griot

Future Currency Creatives

Development - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Canada
Description

Storytelling for positive impact is my purpose. I thrive on bringing insight and wonder, connecting hearts and minds to story. Whatever the medium: be it poetry, play, radio, television, film, event or podcast the intention is to disrupt the normal narrative with authenticity.

I have crafted content for iconic brands such as BET Africa, Channel O, 1Magic, Marvel Studios and a host of others. My on the job training and curiosity has afforded me 12+ years of experience. As such I am proficient at a plethora of skills ranging from copywriting to directing and production management, all of which aid me in telling a captivating story.
This brave new venture is my outlandish disruption of the normal. To say I am excited is an understatement.

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Activities
Development - Television

Vuyani Mbalula

Dose Studios (Pty) Ltd

Development - Digital MediaDevelopment - TelevisionProduction - Digital MediaProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Canada, Germany
Description

Dose Studios (Pty) Ltd was founded by Vuyan Mbalula (CEO, Researcher, Writer, Producer and Innovator) and Philemon Dube (Researcher, Music Composer, Producer and Sound Engineer). We are a multimedia company specializing in film/series development and production, animation, innovative tech and digital games.

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Development - Digital Media, Development - Television, Production - Digital Media, Production - Television

Anthony Roberts

Sun Door Media

Development - Digital MediaDevelopment - TelevisionProduction - Digital MediaProduction - Television
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Quebec, Italy, Jerusalem, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, USA, Belgium, France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Portugal, Colombia, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden
Description

Anthony B Roberts is a writer-producer-composer and works in the film, music, interactive, and software development fields. Roberts is a pioneer of the Canadian music and multimedia scene and the creator of The Soft Revolution, the worlds’ first feature length interactive movie with infinite running time based on the Taoist I-Ching that premiered at the TIFF in 2007. He made the animated iPhone app, The Oracle of Aveon in 2010 & produced the Four Classic Chinese Novels audiobook series for CNTV in 2015. He has composed soundtrack music for acclaimed independent feature films and TV documentaries produced by CBC. He holds a Master’s degree of Publishing Communication in International Copyright (SFU), BAs in Asian Studies (UBC) & Education (Lakehead). He is developing fluency in Mandarin and speaks basic Japanese, Spanish & Thai.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Development - Television, Production - Digital Media, Production - Television

Brian Letlhabane

Campfire Films

Development - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Canada
Description

Campfire Films was created by Brian Letlhabane in 2019. Brian has been in the South African film and television since 2003. He was a director's assistant on Hotel Rwanda. He translated the script and worked as a director's assistant on South Africa's first Oscar winning film, Tsotsi. He also directed two short films while writing for Screen Africa magazine, South Africa's only film and telvision trade magazine. A qualified journalist, Brian has written about film for the Mail & Guardian and GQ Magazine. He has served as a storyliner for e.tv's daily soap, Scandal. Brian has worked as a Commissioning Editor for e.tv where he co-created South Africa's first made-for television movie commissioning model and brand - eKasi Our Stories. He later went on to create Mnet's first made-for TV commissioning model - Lokshin Bioskop where he commissioned over 100 TV movies. He later went on to write over 100 episodes of South Africa's second biggest daily drama - Skeem Saam. Brian is currently developing his company's first feature film funded by the NFVF. He has also co-developed two drama series which have been commissioned by the SABC.

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Activities
Development - Television

Khangelani Mtyhalela

Siyakha South Africa Culture Initiative

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Canada, Germany
Description

I am a Producer Based in Cape Town South Africa. I create concept and currently looking for Co Production Partner in Canada

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Ntandazo Anthony (Didi) Gcingca

Didiza Productions

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Northern Ireland, South Africa, USA, France
Description

Didiza Productions is a boutique Multi-media Company situated in Cape Town. The company boasts with a cumulative track record of more than twenty years in the multi-media industry and received accolades such as first place in the Sithengi Film Festival won by its management team members and best upcoming film director in the Southern Africa Development Community. More recently, during 2014 the company won second prize at the Standard Bank Grass Roots Accelerator Programme.

Didiza has refined its business model to deliver quality and affordable multiple services such film productions, documentaries, television series, and the facilitation of the hiring of military equipment, installation, personnel and related by the still and film industry.

Through its exclusive facilitation offering, Didiza is able to source military hangers, equipment and vehicles for production activities via its strategic relationship with the Department of Military Veterans of which the owner of the business is a member

As the military veteran, the owner of Didiza Productions understand the plight of military veterans and that of their families and source and provide specialised training to its members from the youth family members as part of social responsibility initiatives thereby creating a pool of young and budding securities.

The company pride itself in quality and excellent, to provide a competitive edge on pricing and delivery of its goals.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Add me to the co-producer list

We invite producers interested in finding an international coproducer, as part of a current funding incentive, to create a public profile for their company and a specific project, if applicable. Your profile will be posted within a few days following your submission.

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Additional Resources

Foreign producers need to find a Canadian partner before accessing any funding in Canada. Projects must have at least one Canadian and one international producer.

International Coproduction Treaties And MOUs
Canada has coproduction treaties and MOUs (Memoranda of Understanding) in place with more than 50 countries.

Telefilm Canada administers all coproduction agreements on behalf of the Canadian government. For guidelines and detailed information about treaties and MOUs, click here. To search for Canadian companies or productions registered as official coproductions, click here.

Canada’s Provincial/Territorial Screen Associations
As a collaborative effort with several Canadian funding organizations and industry associations at the national, provincial and territorial level, additional funding, tax credits and local services may be available through this wide network of industry organizations. For a full list of useful links, click here.