The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) have announced a new funding incentive for the development of audio visual projects. A total of €150,000 is being made available to support Irish and Canadian producers to develop co-productions for broadcast on Irish and Canadian television services.
Both organisations contributed an equal share in the total funding of the development fund.
Awards made under the Canada-Ireland co-development incentive for audio visual projects will be allocated through an open application process to projects that fulfil the relevant criteria. Guidelines, application documents and deadline for submissions will be announced mid-May. A selection committee of BAI and CMF representatives will assess and select the winning projects. The BAI contribution of €75,000 comprises funds recouped from successful Sound & Vision projects. Therefore, the establishment of the fund will not impact the indicative funding allocations already announced for rounds in 2016.
Announcing the launch of the development incentive at the Celtic Media Festival in Dungarvan Co. Waterford, BAI Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe said: “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.”
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.
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