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CMF, BAI announce funding incentive for new audiovisual projects

MUMBAI: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) have announced a new funding incentive for the development of audiovisual projects.

A total of CAD$200,000 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 incentive.

Awards made under the Canada-Ireland co-development incentive for audiovisual projects will be allocated through an open application process to projects that satisfy 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.

Announcing the launch of the development incentive at the Celtic Media Festival in Dungarvan Co. Waterford, BAI CEO 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.”

“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,” said CMF president, CEO Valerie Creighton.