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

Final Closing Date
July 5, 2022

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

Final 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

Final 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

Final 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.

Julie Laurenz

Pillay Laurenz Media

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Australia, USA, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, New Zealand
Description

Former international award winning TV Journo. Moved onto making documentaries, and more recently I've been developing factual format series for television, one of which is listed below. I'm also developing a fiction feature, inspired by a true story.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Ade Ajibulu

Just Production and Media

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Scotland, USA, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark
Description

Just Production and Media is a South African one-stop media platform for Film Production, Training, Marketing, Distribution, and Publishing. We believe that many hands made a successful production and a tree does not make a forest, and this has helped us to have success collaboration with several production companies from development to production across feature films, documentaries and drama series.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Themba A. Sibeko

Ziya Pictures

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

I have over 25 years of experience in film, television and video development and production both in South Africa and in the international arena. Having lived and worked in New York City for over 20 years with over 100 productions to my credit I had the opportunity to work with such luminaries as Hollywood actor/Director Bill Duke (A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Sister Act 2), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple), Ruby Dee (American Gangster, Do The Right Thing), Oscar Winner Isaac Hayes (Shaft) to name a few. In 2002 I was appointed CEO of the Gauteng Film Commission . As CEO I brokered the finance and secured locations for the Oscar Nominated “Hotel Rwanda". In 2009 I was Location Consultant on the Oscar Nominated Neil Blompkamp Science Fiction hit “District 9” Executive Produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit).

In 2012 I Wrote, produced Vuka Mau Lele , a limited series hit for MNET , that garnered over 3million views on pay cable. In 2016 he created, produced and co-directed The Alliance TV mini-series for etv, reaching a 1,5 Million Households over eight episodes.. In January 2022 I was appointed Executive Director of Enterprise and Skills Development for Cape Town based Lightseed VFX (www.lightseed.co.za)

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Activities
Development - Television

Teboho

Busymoon

Development - Digital MediaDevelopment - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, USA, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden
Description

Busymoon is a 2D animation studio specializing in development, production and post production. we tell stories through fun and colorful animated content.

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

Jay Daniel Beechinor

The JDB Film Company

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

JAY DANIEL BEECHINOR (PRODUCER/BUSINESS AFFAIRS) is a Canadian/Irish film and television producer and business affairs executive with over 17+ years’ experience, having produced numerous projects including MOWs, feature films and television series that have aired on Netflix, AMC, SyFy Network, MTV, Lifetime Network, and the Discovery Channel to name a few. Most recently Jay was an Executive Producer on the award-winning documentary Pat Rocco Dared And is currently producing his first animated project called HORRENDOUS.

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

Matthew Cervi

Mad Samurai Productions

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Australia, USA, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland
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 and Bill Paxton and produced his second feature CRUEL & UNUSUAL in partnership with 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.

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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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Kyle Kulyk

Itzy Interactive Inc.

Development - Digital MediaProduction - Digital Media
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Colombia, Netherlands, 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
Description

Itzy Interactive Inc. is an independent game developer formed in the spring of 2011. As indie developers for 11 years, we excel in using our mastery of the Unity game engine to bring our creations to life. Since the start, we’ve released three, award winning mobile games to Android and iOS via Google Play, Amazon Store and iTunes App store (with a fourth, Mad Devils mobile tie-in title completed) and in May 2021 released our first title on PC, Mad Devils. Our games, both free and paid, have been downloaded on over half a million mobile devices. Mad Devils was released on PC in 2021 and console ports are currently in production. In 2021 we completed work on the prototype for Lucas: Chapter One, our ambitious, multiplayer horror/survival title through the Canadian Media Fund’s Innovation/Prototyping program which is being shown to investors and publishers. In Fall 2021 we started prototype work on Weird O’s, our wacky, multiplayer party game which will wrap prototyping in October 2022. Itzy Interactive continues to expand our team of industry veterans and new talent alike as we utilize our decade of experience and technical skills with Unity development to enable us to bring our creative game vision to game consoles and PC gamers, and to do so with increasing speed and mastery for both PC and mobile platforms.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Production - Digital Media

Lloyd Summers

Red Iron Labs

Development - Digital MediaDevelopment - TelevisionProduction - Digital Media
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
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, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Quebec
Description

Founded in 2016 as a game company in Calgary, we specialize in VR (virtual reality), building multiplayer experiences, simulations, and hyper realistic AAA (“Triple A”) video-game level environments across many industries.

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

Johnny Cole

Kuychi

Development - Digital MediaProduction - Digital Media
Located In
Canada
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Italy, Mexico, Northern Ireland, USA, France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Ireland
Description

I'm a Canadian filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Production - Digital Media

Nimrod Shanit

HCXR

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

HCXR creates fantastic and transcendent XR experiences combining gamification, biometric data, natural language processing, virtual humans, and 5G Edge Computing. We are experts at matching the myriad of XR formats and technologies to achieve creative objectives.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Production - Digital Media

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.