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Digital co-pro fund opens doors

NZ On Air has today released the detail on its new $1 million digital co-production opportunity with Canada, funded in conjunction with the Canada Media Fund.

The fund was announced just ahead of this year’s Big Screen Symposium, travelling as the Canada-­New Zealand Digital Media Fund (CNZDMF). Many more of the criteria are laid out and the application process confirmed. This is not new territory for the Canadian fund, which last year supported 21 co-productions under its various funding strands.

The CMF supports a range of projects

The CMF supports a range of projects

One of the differences between the two agencies’ requirements is that the Canadian fund will only support 75% of Canadian costs, requiring third party and/or producer investment to make up the difference. In NZ, the scheme “encourages third party NZ investment and requires in‐kind platform or marketing support”.

One of the criteria announced earlier was that the fund could only be applied to new digital content, not “routine extension or prolonging of existing concepts”, so there’ll be no Flat 3: Toronto or High Road to Vancouver type projects given consideration. There’s a more detailed list of exclusions, including promotional sites for television programmes, aggregation sites, new platforms and/or distribution vehicles.

The timeline offers a submission window which closes on 30 November, from which up to six projects will be invited to submit detailed proposals by 20 February 2015. After consideration, up to three projects will be supported, with announcements expects in mid-March 2015.

For those interested but without relationships in Canada, NZ On Air is also floating the idea of introduction session between Canadian and NZ producers. For anyone travelling to MIPCOM and wanting to get a head start, there’s a solid Canadian contingent at the Canada Pavilion (Level 1, Palais des Festivals).

The detail on the scheme is online here, with links to download guidelines and application forms.

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