Canada and Germany reopen digital media co-development and co-production incentive

Toronto and Berlin, May 2, 2023 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), the body responsible for film funding and media business development in the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg, are reopening their incentive for the co-development and co-production of digital media projects between Canadian and Berlin-Brandenburg-based German producers.

The seventh edition of the incentive sees its budget set at CAD$450,000, with each funding organization contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD$300,000.

To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under both organizations’ criteria. Projects will have to be created for digital platforms and can be either a game, a web series, multiplatform content, augmented reality, or virtual reality experiences.

Projects will be evaluated according to a set of criteria, including innovative and creative elements, how they engage the targeted community and audience, the creative team, and the viability of the projects’ budget and timelines.

Since the Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive was launched in 2017, 18 interactive digital media projects have received over CAD$2.2M in funding.

How to apply

All applications must comply with the guidelines for the incentive which are available on both the CMF and MBB websites. The deadline to apply is June 14, 2023, and funding decisions will be announced in late July.

Projects will be evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the CMF and MBB.

Finding an international partner

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

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. Visit the Canada Media Fund’s website for more information

About Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region, represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location at markets and festivals in Germany and abroad and supports cross-border and cross-industry networking. The New Media Funding division provides funding for innovative audiovisual projects (e.g. games, multiplatform content, virtual and augmented reality) and serial formats (fiction, entertainment and factual). The Film Funding division provides funding for films, high end drama series and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry. Furthermore, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg provides funding for regional media-related projects and events such as prizes, competitions, festivals, events and conferences. Visit the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg website for more information

Industry contact:

Shelley Coultish
Canada Media Fund Program Administrator
Deputy Director – Portfolio Management
shelley.coultish@telefilm.ca                            

Media contact:

Maxime Ruel
Canada Media Fund
Senior Communications Manager
mruel@cmf-fmc.ca

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