Canada and Ireland announce reopening of development incentive for audiovisual projects

Toronto / Dublin, November 8, 2016 – The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today the reopening of their funding incentive for the development of audiovisual projects. A total of €150,000 will be made available to support Canadian and Irish producers to develop coproductions for broadcast on Canadian and Irish television services. Guidelines, application documents and deadline for submissions can be found here. Canadian and Irish producers are encouraged to apply by January 13, 2017.

Funding awarded under the Canada-Ireland co-development incentive for audiovisual projects will be allocated through an open application process to projects that fulfil the relevant criteria. A selection committee of BAI and CMF representatives will assess and select the winning projects. Both organisations contributed an equal share in the total funding of the development incentive.

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.

As part of the first round of applications received under this program, the BAI and CMF are happy to announce a commitment of €33,000 to fund the development of The Drownings. This 6×60 documentary series, produced by Soshefeigh Media (Canada) and New Decade TV (Ireland), delves into the eerily similar circumstances of the disappearances of young men found drowned in shallow waters across Canada and Ireland. The BAI contributed €17,142 to this project, while the CMF contributed CAD$23,100 (approximately €16,000).

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