Co-production fund for interactive projects

A collaboration between NZ On Air and the Canada Media Fund for the discovery and support of stories and storytelling that crosses national boundaries. In 2017 we are transitioning to a new single strategy and platform neutral fund, the NZ Media Fund. The below relates to our funding processes until 1 July 2017.


The Canada-New Zealand Digital Media Fund (CNZDMF) is for international digital media co-production projects. This creative collaboration is about the discovery of and support for stories and storytelling that crosses national boundaries and carries important cultural content. 

In 2016-17 there is up to CAD $800,000 available, with $400,000 each from the CMF and NZ On Air (in their relative currencies). The total maximum contribution for each funded project is $400,000 CAD.

In 2015-16 we selected three innovative projects targeting children and young people - the funding was announced in March 2016. These three were selected from 14 applications that were assessed by teams from the CMF and NZ On Air.

If you are a NZ producer and you'd like to make contacts with Canadian companies to work with or vice versa, the CMF have created an online database of contact details. Please sign up and get your details into the system so that we can help to facilitate connections.

Apply for funding

The application process is in two stages: ideas are submitted in the first stage, from which a shortlist of applicants is selected. Shortlisted teams then provide full proposals for the second stage.

Key dates:

  • CLOSED - 5 July 2016 - Call for ideas
  • 20 September 2016 - Deadline for submission of ideas
  • 11 October 2016 - Request for proposals from shortlisted applicants
  • 13 December 2016 - Deadline for submission of final proposals

Key documents:

Download the guidelines for applicants here, and let us know if you have any further questions.

Application form - please include this form with your application

Budget Summary sheet - please use this sheet for your budget outline

Funded Projects

Three projects were selected in 2015-16.

  • Curious Critters is an interactive story involving the indigenous cultures of Canada and New Zealand and told through an e-book app, games and a website.
    New Zealand: Producer - Yoozoo Ltd : NZD $228,994 NZ On Air Funding
    Canada: Producer - La Boite a Pitons : CND $196,000 CMF Funding
  • Mythical Creatures is an immersive story that draws on the indigenous mythologies of Canada and NZ. It will be told across media platforms in four languages.
    New Zealand: Producer - Kiwa Digital Ltd : NZD $144,174 NZ On Air Funding
    Canada: Producer - Arcana Studio : CND $170,000 CMF Funding
  • Fierce Girls is a transmedia narrative told through webseries, social media storytelling, interactive graphic novels and a website.
    New Zealand: Producer - Awatea Tech Ltd : NZD $228,984 NZ On Air Funding
    Canada: Producer - Mamaoo Pictures : CND $200,000 CMF Funding

Three projects were selected in 2014-15.

  • I Spy: With My Five Eyes is an interactive documentary which will allow users to explore aspects of cyber security, national surveillance and privacy from a number of perspectives. The producers aim to extend viewers’ knowledge on the topics with balanced, thought-provoking information.
    New Zealand: Producer - Fumes TV : NZD $228,033 NZ On Air Funding
    Canada: Producer - Jam3 : CND $200,000 CMF Funding
  • The Nations is an inter-country comedy challenge between New Zealand and Canada. Through a website, participants will be invited to take part in a series of online challenges and games, pitting the two countries against each other. At the same time, a host comedian in each country will tour through their respective homelands undertaking challenges along the way, which can be voted on by audiences.
    The Nations launched in March 2016.
    New Zealand: Producer - thedownlowconcept : NZD $175,083 NZ On Air Funding
    Canada: Producer - iThentic : CND $238,000 CMF Funding

Project Eligibility

More details are available in the Guidelines, however as a starter, eligible projects must:

  • Involve creation of new digital content. The fund will not be applied to routine extension or prolonging of existing concepts;
  • Explore an interactive, multi-channel or transmedia approach to content development;
  • Be innovative or experimental;
  • Be developed on an appropriate platform for the content and audience involved;
  • Be available to the NZ public without charge;
  • Be an international coproduction between at least one eligible co-producer from each of Canada and New Zealand.