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$1 million new funding for NZ ON Air-Canada joint projects

17 Mar 2016

NZ On Air and Canada Media Fund will receive $1 million in funding for three new projects, it was announced today.

The partnership between NZ On Air and CMF is in its second year, and the new round of funding will see three digital media c-productions projects backed under the Canada-New Zealand Digital Media Fund.

The partnership between NZ On Air and CMF supports eligible digital media co-productions between producers from the two countries. By funding projects that use new technologies to tell culturally-relevant stories, the programme is designed to encourage creative producers from each country to collaborate on digital media productions.

“This collaboration between New Zealand and Canada is a fascinating way to explore common areas of interest,” says Jane Wrightson, NZ ON Air chief executive.

“We are particularly pleased that the three projects chosen this time are all for children and young people, an audience eager to engage with dynamic online content,” she explains.

“Through this programme, we foster creative alliances to enable projects that tell stories and provide digital media experiences that resonate with international audiences,” addp Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF.

“Thanks to our historical ties, coproduction between Canada and New Zealand can facilitate the development of high-quality media products that carry cultural relevance beyond our two countries. We are delighted to support three innovative productions that achieve just that.”

Projects were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from both funding organisations. Funded projects involve at least one eligible Canadian producer and at least one New Zealand resident producer. Both organisations contributed an equal share in the total funding.

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