The Canada Media Fund’s (CMF) Versioning Program is designed to expand the accessibility of CMF-funded projects to other audiences by adding voice-overs and/or subtitles to projects, in languages other than the original language. Versioning increases revenue potential in other markets when Canadian projects gain further national and international sales. Projects receive funding on a first-come, first-served basis.
In 2017-2018, the CMF’s Versioning Program had a $1.0M budget allocated to it, which was fully spent, supporting 38 projects. Sixteen projects were originally produced in Spanish, six projects were in Italian, and three projects were versioned from Mandarin, for a total of 25 projects receiving 52.5% of funding. 27 (71.1%) projects were in the Documentary genre.