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
August 31, 2021

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

Final Closing Date
January 11, 2022

The Canada-France Incentive is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund and Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire to create a joint program that encourages the cowriting and codevelopment of eligible television or digital media projects.

Dates to remember

France

Selective

Final Closing Date
January 30, 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 10, 2021

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
September 1, 2021

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 20, 2021

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.

Nick Cloete

Mind's Eye Creative

Located In
Language
Interested In Working With
Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA
Description

Mind's Eye Creative is an independent, award-winning 2.D animation studio. We develop and produce animated content which communicates ideas and tell stories.

Joanne Popinska

Infinite Frame Media

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

Dr. Joanne Popińska, the co-founder of Infinite Frame Media, is a documentarian, sociologist, with Ph.D. in Film Directing (specialization: VR) from the Polish National Film School. She dedicates her creative vision to create important conversations around complex topics such as human rights, animal rights, and the environment. By using the latest technology and various narrative techniques, she is continually exploring how to get the attention of audiences and how to evoke empathy and interest in different perspectives.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Production - Digital Media

Philip Gardner

KwaZulu Films

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

KwaZulu Films is a full-scale production house that produces and facilitates film productions in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
We can accommodate any size production as we have access to a large number of highly regarded and experienced crew, excellent technicians and an ethnically diverse talent pool. We also have all the necessary suppliers boasting the latest technology and gear, special effects houses, and award-winning stunt men.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Dominique Jossie

Screendance Africa

Development - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden
Description

Dominique is an award winning producer, director and emerging writer. With 10 years of industry experience she has produced short and feature length documentary content for South African television channels e.tv and SABC. She produced the SAFTA award winning short Address Unknown and also line produced the feature film Barakat. Dominique is currently head writing a 1970's period drama series with kykNET. She recently completed the Realness Netflix Episodic Lab with a family crime drama series titled 'Fafi'.

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Activities
Development - Television

Bonisile Nyandeni

Boniville Films

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

I own Boniville Films and I have worked for many television programmes in South Africa, including Morning Live and most of SABC's television channels. I have been in the television industry for more than a decade. I'm passionate about the industry and it shows in my work ethic of dedication and getting the work done, no matter what. I believe in compelling story-telling and informative as well as educational television content. I am a self-starter, creative, focused, reliable, well-presented, articulate and energetic.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Tshepiso Motlatsi Tjeeko

Tshwantshiso Film Productions

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, USA, France, Netherlands, Switzerland
Description

I'm a screenwriter, producer and director at Tshwantshiso Film Productions. We are an independent film production company which is located in the eastern part of the Free State province in South Africa. Our core business model evolves around creating and telling stories from people who are of the view that their stories are not worth telling. We often would like to put our audiences in the shoes of a stranger to at least walk a mile to understand our stories. We have produced 2 television documentaries and a feature length film which is currently in post production and have been operational since 2018.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Gwenael FRANCOIS – Producer & Director

Skill Lab

Development - Digital MediaProduction - Digital Media
Located In
Luxembourg
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Description

Skill Lab is a film and VR content production studio based in Esch sur Alzette, LUXEMBOURG. We specialize in XR content for narrative storytelling and in linear film production.

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Activities
Development - Digital Media, Production - Digital Media

Natasje van Niekerk

The Storyteller Pod & Seeds Grow Trees Animation

Development - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Quebec
Description

The Storyteller Pod and Seeds Grow Trees Animation is a development hub for animated television and short films based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At the helm of our ship is Natasje van Niekerk, producer and story editor. Natasje bridged from live action to animation through a project run in South Africa by Algonquin College. Following this, she has been mentored over the years by acclaimed Canadian story editor, Clive Endersby and after 16 years writing and story editing, she plunged into producing animated short film.

Seeds Grow Trees is currently producing nine animated short films and has three animated TV series in early development.

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Activities
Development - Television

Mak

Prism Productions

Development - TelevisionProduction - Television
Located In
South Africa
Language
English
Interested In Working With
Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Africa, USA, France, United Kingdom, Portugal, Netherlands, Quebec
Description

Prism Productions is a bespoke production house, headed by Makgano Mamabolo - a Showrunner Filmmaker with 20 years experience in the film and TV industry - both in front and behind the scenes... as an actress, producer, director, script and head writer.

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Activities
Development - Television, Production - Television

Anton Fisher

Green Leaf Films

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

Anton Fisher is the writer and co-producer of the award-winning short fiction film Address Unknown. The film won the Best Short Film award at the 2021 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). In addition Anton Fisher won two awards from the Writer's Guild of South Africa, also for the short fiction film Address Unknown. He received the WGSA Muse Award for Best Writer in Gauteng and the Muse Award for Best Produced Short Film Script. At the end of September, Anton Fisher completed post-production on his second short fiction film which was filmed in the Sesotho language and which was filmed in the Free State Province of South Africa. The Sesotho title of the short fiction film is Leshano, which in English is The Lie. Anton Fisher is currently developing his first full-length feature film which is a historical drama set in Cape Town. He is very interested in working with international production companies on this full-length feature as well as a documentary that he is also developing.

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Activities
Development - 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.