The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) have invested over C$136,000 ($103,000) to support the co-development of content under the Canada-Ireland Co-development Incentive for Audio-Visual Projects.
Three Canadian production companies will work with three Irish companies on the development of three projects, the first of which is #IBelieveHer. Inspired by true events, #IBelieveHer reconstructs the testimonies of the so-called “Irish Rugby Rape Trial” within the context of the media circus that divided a nation. It is co-produced by Canada’s Plausible Communications Corp. and Ireland’s Pembridge Film Productions. The CMF contributed C$14,700 ($11,200) to the project, and the BAI contributed C$29,000 ($22,000).
Next up is Craic House, a six-part half-hour comedy series about the trials and errors of life in one’s twenties—a time of experimentation, heartbreak, disaster and delight. Co-produced by Canada’s Cedar Island Films and Ireland’s O’Sullivan Productions, the film was co-financed by the CMF to the tune of C$25,800 ($19,600) and the BAI added C$20,500 ($15,600).
Where the wild geese go, meanwhile, has a special focus on engaging kids, inviting Irish and Canadian school children along for the ride as they explore the natural world via a truly unique multiplatform project. Canada’s Stitch Media Ontario and Ireland’s El Zorrero Films partnered for the project, which received C$25,000 ($19,000) in funding from the CMF and C$21,700 ($16,500) from the BAI.
Including this round of funding, since 2016-2017, the CMF and the BAI have invested over C$589,000 ($447,000) in the co-development of 14 audiovisual projects.