CMF, BAI Launch Funding Incentive for Audiovisual Projects


TORONTO/DUNGARVAN: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) have kicked off a new funding incentive for the development of audiovisual projects.

A total of C$200,000 is being made available to support Irish and Canadian producers to develop co-pros for broadcast in Ireland and Canada. Both companies contributed an equal amount of the total funding. Awards made under the co-development incentive for audiovisual projects will be allocated through an open application process to projects that meet the requirements. Guidelines, application documents and deadlines will be announced next month. A selection committee of CMF and BAI reps will choose the winners.

BAI Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe noted: “In an increasingly competitive media environment, Irish producers must focus on the potential offered by international partnerships. Successful BAI-supported projects such as Song of the Sea and Brooklyn show what can be achieved when creative talent in Ireland and Canada work together. This BAI/CMF Development Incentive is being established to support producers to build on this success and the BAI is delighted to partner with the Canada Media Fund on this initiative.”

CMF President and CEO Valerie Creighton added: “Through the many successes of Canada-Ireland co-productions, whether it be feature-film projects or very successful television productions such as The Tudors, The Borgias or Vikings, both countries have demonstrated their commitment to expanding our relationships while continuing to develop high-quality content. By pooling resources and talent within the context of a fast-evolving media landscape, Canada and Ireland further ensure the long-term viability of our respective content industries. This allows producers in both countries to develop compelling projects that appeal to not only Canadian and Irish audiences, but that also captivate viewers well beyond our borders.”