Canada-Mexico codevelopment incentive open for applications

Toronto/Mexico City, December 12, 2017 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Mexican Film Institute (Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía – IMCINE), announced today the opening of an incentive for the codevelopment of television projects between Canadian producers and Mexican producers. The incentive was first announced at Los Cabos International Film Festival this past November. Click here to access the guidelines.

To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under both organisations’ criteria, with the CMF determining eligibility for the Canadian portion of a project and IMCINE determining eligibility for the Mexican portion of the project. 

Eligible projects are television series in the drama or children’s and youth genres, with preference being given to the latter. Projects can be either animated or live action and must comply with the pre-established rules of the Canada-Mexico treaty, signed April 8, 1991.

The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is CAD $130,000 (MXN $1,898,000), with each funding organization contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the Incentive is CAD $25,000 (MXN $379,000).

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 by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries. 

How to apply

All applications must comply with the guidelines for the Incentive which will be available on both the CMF website and the IMCINE website. Click here to access the guidelines.

Submissions will open immediately. The deadline to apply is February 9, 2018. Canadian Producers should submit the complete application here and Mexican Producers should submit the complete application by following this link.

Projects will be evaluated and chosen by representatives from the CMF and IMCINE according to a criteria including the creative value of the project and target audience, the teams’ track record, and the viability of the project. Funding decisions will be announced in March 2018.

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 Mexican Film Institute
The main mission of the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) is to promote the development of national film activity through the support of production, encouragement to creators, industrial development and the promotion, distribution, and exhibition of Mexican cinema throughout Mexico and the world.


Industry contact:

Jill Samson
Canada Media Fund Program Administrator 
Deputy Director – Portfolio Management

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André Ferreira
Canada Media Fund
Communications Manager

José Miguel Álvarez Ibargüengoitia
Head of Production

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