Canada & Argentina to Invest in Co-Development Projects


The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) of Argentina have pledged over C$130,000 ($99,400) to establish an incentive for the co-development of animation and other digital media content between creators from the two countries.

Projects must involve producers eligible under both organizations’ criteria. They will have to be animated co-development TV series that meet the CMF’s genre guidelines of drama, documentary or children and youth programming. Fiction, documentary or animation co-development projects created for digital platforms—including web series, narrative digital content, transmedia projects and virtual or extended reality—are also eligible. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive program will be $25,000 (approximately C$32,000).

Producers interested in finding an international partner as part of the development incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website. Submissions will open immediately and will close on October 31. Recipients will be announced in December.

“Argentina is a regional cultural powerhouse. It was only fitting that CMF partner with a country where the development and production of audiovisual content is a key cultural and economic driver,” said Valerie Creighton, president and CEO of the CMF. “This new agreement allows the CMF to continue establishing constructive partnerships with funding agencies in key markets. We hope Canadian creators will benefit by turning their attention to Argentina in the search for co-development opportunities and I look forward to seeing the projects we fund through this incentive get to the production stage.”

“This is a very important agreement for our film industry because Canada Media Fund is perhaps one of the world’s most effective funds,” said Ralph Haiek, president of INCAA. “The projects developed with their collaboration have been exported to leading markets. Its main focus are productions made for digital platforms, especially animation, and interactive developments, which today are pushing the audiovisual boundaries.”