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International Coproductions

International Coproduction and Codevelopment Incentives: 2017-2018

Incentive Platform Activity # of projects CMF Funding $K Foreign Funder $K
Canada-Colombia Co-Development Incentive for web series or other digital media projects Digital Media Development 4 150 137
Canada-Denmark Co-Development Incentive for Digital Media Projects Digital Media Development 4 131 146
Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive Digital Media Development 3 169 158
Canada-Ireland Codevelopment Incentive for Audio-visual Projects Television Development 5 108 120
Canada-Jerusalem Co-Development and Co-Production Incentive Digital Media Development or Production 6 563 393
Canada-New Zealand Digital Media Fund Digital Media Production 2 195 320
Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive for Audio-Visual Projects Television Development 3 60 62
Total     27 1,376 1,336

The international coproduction and codevelopment incentives are designed to support the Canada Media Fund’s (CMF) objectives of finding innovative solutions to encourage the coproduction and codevelopment of content. The CMF partners with international funding organizations to develop matching funds to invest in the creation of innovative projects that have at least one Canadian and one international producer. The year 2017-2018 saw eight matching incentives. Two were continued from the previous year (with Ireland and New Zealand) and six were new partnerships. The incentives targeted both Digital Media and Television projects, in production and development stages. The foreign partners contributed a total of $1,336K (CAD) to CMF-funded projects. One incentive, the Canada-Mexico Co-development Incentive for Television Series, did not result in any funded projects; however, the incentive may be reopened in 2018-2019.

The CMF also supports international coproductions through its other major programs. 


In 2017-2018, international treaty coproductions represented a small portion of CMF convergent funded projects (4.8% of all production funding). 

At a total of $13.8M, funding to international convergent coproductions has increased slightly from 2016-2017  and the number of projects has increased to a five-year high. 

Minority Canadian coproduction has increased greatly compared to the previous four years, with 65.4% of coproductions being minority Canadian. Minority coproduction funding rose by $6.1M from last year and majority coproduction funding declined by $5.9M.

The largest number of convergent coproductions were with France (nine, or the same as the previous two years), followed by eight with the United Kingdom, as has been the trend in recent years. The year 2017-2018 saw coproductions with 11 countries, the same number as last year. Ireland coproduced a big-budget drama for the eighth consecutive year, returning on Vikings VI and adding a Children’s & Youth series. Sweden and New Zealand are new television coproducing partner countries. New Zealand companies were coproducers of two Children’s & Youth series.


There were eight Experimental-funded international coproductions in 2017-2018. One was funded from both an international coproduction incentive and the Innovation Program, five were part of the international coproduction incentives, one was funded through the Innovation Program, and one through the Web Series Pilot Program.

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