Canada and Denmark to invest in digital media codevelopment

Toronto/Copenhagen, March 20, 2017 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Danish Film Institute (DFI) announced today an agreement to establish an incentive for the codevelopment of digital media projects between Canadian and Danish producers. The announcement was made by Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund and Claus Ladegaard, Head of Film Funding of the Danish Film Institute at an event gathering Canadian and Danish producers, held during CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Film Festival.

This Incentive will support the codevelopment of new digital content that is innovative, explores new ways of telling stories, experiments with new formats and platforms and new ways of engaging audiences. The project must involve at least one Danish producer eligible under the DFI’s criteria, and one Canadian producer eligible under the CMF’s criteria.

“This partnership is a reflection of the CMF’s commitment to provide access to diverse sources of funding for Canadian digital media producers. It supports our objective to foster mutually-beneficial relationships between content creators from Canada and their counterparts in key coproduction countries, such as Denmark,” said Valerie Creighton. “We are pleased to be working with the Danish Film Institute. We believe this initiative will expose audiences from both countries to the quality and creativity, as well as the depth and diversity of Canadian and Danish digital media content.”

“We are looking forward to this unique opportunity to working with the CMF, a frontrunner in promoting digital content to broad audiences. We hope and believe that this new collaboration will be hugely inspirational for producers and creatives in both our countries,” said Claus Ladegaard.

The Canada-Denmark Co-Development Incentive for Digital Media Projects budget is set at CAD $300,000, with each partner investing half of the total amount.

Finding a coproducer
With the help of the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Embassy in Denmark, a delegation of 10 Canadian producers attended CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Film Festival, to find coproduction opportunities with Danish producers. A delegation of Danish producers will travel to Canada later in the fall.

Producers interested in finding an international partner as part of this development incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries.

How to apply
Projects will be evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from both funding organisations. Recipients will be announced in late February 2018.

All applications must comply with the guidelines for the Incentive which will be available on both the CMF and DFI website. Click here to access the guidelines. Submissions will open in the weeks to come and will close on December 12, 2017.

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 the Danish Film Institute
The Danish Film Institute (DFI) is Denmark's national agency for film and cinema culture, operating under the Ministry of Culture. The DFI provides funding for the development, production and distribution of films, series, video games and other audiovisual content. An important task of the DFI is to encourage diversity and risk-willingness in the industry, doing so by offering many gateways to funding, highlighting talent development, keeping a sharp eye on new digital platforms and nurturing international partnerships. Located in central Copenhagen, the DFI also offers a meeting place for scholars and film lovers with screenings at the Cinematheque as well as a library and a stills archive. Please visit


For more information, please contact:

Shelley Coultish
Deputy Director, Portfolio Management, CMF Program Administration | Telefilm Canada

Mikkel Thomassen
Danish Film Institute
Producer, Games & Digital Media
+45 4061 9362

For media requests, please contact:

André Ferreira
Canada Media Fund
Communications Manager

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