Canada Media Fund (CMF) continues to support international treaty co-productions through its funding programs. In 2010-2011, the CMF supported 23 co-productions through its Convergent Stream programs, for a total funding contribution of $9.1M. This represents a decline from the average of the previous five years, at 27 projects and $13.0 M in funding respectively. The decline is largely due to the lower number of TV hours of convergent co-productions compared to the previous five year average of 148.
|Convergent||2010-2011||Prior 5-year average|
|$M||# of Convergent Projects||TV Hours||$M TV Hours||TV Hours|
|Majority Treaty co-pros||4.7||9||52|
|Majority Share % of Total||1.6||2.0||2.1|
|Minority Treaty co-pros||4.4||14||47|
|Minority Share % of Total||1.5||3.1||1.9|
|All Treaty co-pros||9.1||23||99||13.0||148|
|All Treaty co-pros % of Total||3||5||4||5||7|
|Total Convergent projects||288.3||452||2,491||265.0||2,275|
The top three countries with which the CMF-funded producers partnered in 2010-2011 were the United Kingdom (UK) with 12 projects, France with six projects and Singapore with two projects. The number of co-productions with France has declined by more than 50% from last year, while no co-productions occurred with either Germany or Australia, which have consistently partnered with CMF-funded producers in the past.
As mentioned in the Industry Context section of this report, the federal government released its Policy on Audiovisual Treaty Co-production for discussion earlier this year, with the goal to address Canada’s declining treaty co-production activity.
|# of Projects|
In the Experimental Stream, there were only two international co-productions, one with the UK and one with France. There are currently no official international treaties for digital media productions.
|Majority international co-pros||1.2||2|
|Majority Share % of Total||5||5|
|Minority international co-pros||0.0||0|
|Minority Share % of Total||-||-|
|Total Experimental projects||21.3||42|