Canada-Italy documentary coproductions receive $200,000 in funding

Toronto (Canada) / Rome (Italy), March 1, 2016 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Italian Directorate General for Cinema of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism (DGC - MiBACT) have announced today a financing package of CAD $200,000 for six coproductions under the Canada-Italy Codevelopment Incentive for Documentary Projects. Both organizations have each contributed an equal share in the total funding. 

Six Canadian production companies will work with six Italian companies in the development of the following documentary projects financed through this incentive.

Project Production companies CMF Funding (CDN) DGC - MiBACT Funding (APPROX. CDN equiv.)
A Life Beyond Earth Canada: Foundry Films Inc.
Italy: Matrioska SRL
$5,000 CDN $9,310 CDN
Forestieri - Macaroni mon voisin Canada: Films du Rapide-Blanc Inc.
Italy: Dream Film SRL - Ila Palma
$11,000 CDN $23,940 CDN
In the Name of Gerry Conlon Canada: Gearshift Films Inc.
Italy: Nightswim SRL
$12,500 CDN $23,940 CDN
Striking an Unlikely Chord Canada: Tell Tale Productions Inc.
Italy: GA&A Productions SRL
$30,400 CDN $10,640 CDN
The Philosopher Gastronaut Canada: Animoralda Media Inc.
Italy: FilmWorks SRL
$33,600 CDN $7,980 CDN
The Revolving Door Canada: Open Door Co.
Italy: Moliwood Films SRL
$7,500 CDN $23,940 CDN
TOTALS   $100,000 CDN 99,750 CDN (approx.)

To be eligible for funding, the selected projects were required to be a one-off documentary intended for broadcast by an eligible Canadian broadcaster, involving at least one Canadian producer and one Italian producer. Projects were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from both funding organizations.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships. To learn more, please visit

About Directorate General for Cinema of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism
Italian Directorate General for Cinema is in charge of public functions and duties related to the Film Industry. The statutory mandate of the Directorate General for Cinema entails the promotion, the development, the protection and the circulation of Italian Cinema. This mission is deeply connected to the nature of one of the most innovative forms of Italian cultural expression – motion picture – based on the need of consolidating the chief role of this sector in creating and preserving national and local cultural identity. For more visit


For more information, please contact:

André Ferreira
Communications Manager

Chiara Fortuna 
Direzione Generale Cinema
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
0039 06 6723 3214

Silvia Finazzi
Direzione Generale Cinema
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo
0039 066723 3427

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