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CNZ digital media initiative renewed

NZ On Air and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) have renewed their successful joint incentive for digital media co-production.

The total amount of funding available in 2015/16 is $1million (CAD), with $500,000 contributed by each of NZ On Air and the CMF to fund up to three eligible projects. The total maximum contribution for each funded project will be (CAD) $400,000. The contribution from each funding organisation to each project will be determined on a case by case basis.

The fund was established in the 2014/15 year and supported three border-busting projects that are now in production.

“This has been an exciting and innovative fund to manage with CMF. The response to the initiative from New Zealand content producers was overwhelmingly positive. We looked forward to more great collaborations in the coming year,’’ said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“The CMF is committed to building on the success of the Canada/New Zealand partnership that was established last year,” said CMF President and CEO Valerie Creighton. “We are delighted to respond to the overwhelming interest from producers from both countries by renewing our agreement again this year. I would like to thank NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson and her team for working with the CMF and providing this opportunity for our production communities to do business together.”

The initiative is now open to receive applications. The deadline for submission of ideas is November 17, 2015. A selection committee of NZ On Air and CMF representatives will assess and shortlist projects to go through to the next stage.

Shortlisted applicants will have until mid-February 2016 to provide full proposals, with up to three receiving funding.

To obtain the initiative guidelines, please click here.

NZ On Air and the CMF can help facilitate introductions between production companies. If you are interested in getting connected, a find a co-producer site has been created. Go there and register your details.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. To learn more, please visit www.cmf-fmc.ca.

About NZ On Air
NZ On Air is a government broadcast funding agency investing in diverse local television, radio, music and digital media for New Zealand audiences. The content NZ On Air funds reflects and develops NZ’s identity and culture and increases diversity on screens, the airwaves and in the digital world. For more visit www.nzonair.govt.nz

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