Denmark and Canada strengthen collaboration on digital content

COLLABORATION. Four projects have received funding through Canada and Denmark's co-development agreement for digital projects, which was established in 2017. The Danish Film Institute and Canada Media Fund have now extended the agreement for another year.

Flee VR af Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Among the four digital projects to have received funding through the Canada-Denmark co-development incentive is 'Flee VR,' an animated VR experience about searching for a new home after having fled for many years. Photo: Sun Creature Studio

In 2017, the Danish Film Institute and the Canada Media Fund agreed to establish an incentive for the co-development of digital media projects between Canadian and Danish producers. The programme is designed to promote the development of new narrative formats and to encourage collaboration and exchange of knowhow between the two countries.

As the programme was launched in 2017, the Danish Film Institute and the Canada Media Fund organised a number of activities during the CPH:DOX and RIDM festivals, in Copenhagen and Montreal, respectively. The purpose was to cultivate collaborations between Canadian and Danish producers in the area of digital content.

Four Canadian-Danish media projects have been supported in the first year of the development programme. The projects range widely in both format and content and include VR, games, live animation and an interactive children's universe.

The Danish Film Institute and the Canada Media Fund have now extended the development agreement for another year, with the next deadline for application by the end of 2018.

About the co-development programme

The Canada-Denmark Co-development Incentive for Digital Media Projects supports the development of digital content between Canadian and Danish producers that is innovative, explores new ways of storytelling, experiments with new formats and platforms and seeks to find new ways to engage with the audience.

The aim is also to create collaborations between producers from Canada and Denmark so they can share their experiences about creating innovative media projects.

The budget is set at CAD $300,000 (approximately DKK 1.5m). Each project can be supported with up to CAD $70,000 (approximately DKK 350,000).

To apply, the project must have both a Canadian and a Danish producer. The application deadline is on 12 December 2018.

Read the agreement and visit the Canada Media Fund.

The four supported projects in the first round

Flee VR
'Flee VR' is an animated virtual reality experience, based on Jonas Poher Rasmussen's 'Flee,' an animated documentary produced by Final Cut for Real about the boy Amin and his escape from Afghanistan to Denmark. 'Flee VR' is being developed by the Danish animation company Sun Creature Studio in collaboration with Final Cut for Real and is developed by the Canadian company e→d films.

Bloom
'Bloom' is an interactive live animation project conveying inuit stories for an international children's audience through live animation and motion tracking technology. The project is being developed by Danish Bullitt Film and co-developed by Canadian companies Kunuk Cohn Productions and Isuma Productions.

The Wonder Woollies
'The Wonder Woollies' is an adventurous universe for 3-6-year-old children, combining an animated TV series with a digital game and other interactive elements. The project is being developed by Danish Fuzzy House and co-developed by Canadian Bejuba! Entertainment.

Northern Lights
'Northern Lights' is a digital game and a transmedia experience where you explore and try to survive in an arctic world. The project is being developed by the Danish game company Funday Factory and co-developed by Canadian Stitch Media.