Cross-Continental International Co-production Forum

Are you ready to embark on a cinematic journey that transcends borders? The Cross-continental Co-Production Forum and Incubator creates space for creative minds to converge, nurture ideas, and bring groundbreaking projects to life. We are looking for experienced producers of Black and Global Majority Descent who are ready to make the leap into international co-production. Participants will be selected from Canada, the UK, The Caribbean Region and South Africa.

What to Expect

Prior to the forum in Barbados, selected participants will engage in:

  • A virtual month-long incubator program with facilitators who specialize in different elements of international co-production
  • Three peer group sessions and a minimum of two one-on-one sessions

During these sessions, they will build knowledge and skill that will help them improve the market viability of their project. Participants will discuss international co-production financing and distribution strategies, build a global network of potential collaborators, and receive constructive feedback on their script from our on staff story editor.

Participants will create a PROJECT PACKAGE consisting of:

  • A pitch deck
  • A project Bible
  • A 30-second trailer/teaser

*They will present the teaser to an assortment of global industry leaders, financiers and creative visionaries at the forum in Barbados.

The Forum Experience

Cross Continental Forum is set to take place from April 15th to April 19th 2024 in Barbados. This forum, supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) is the first of its kind and will serve as a unique platform for fostering partnerships, networking, and exploring co-production possibilities among the UK, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean.

The Cross Continental Forum aims to create a collaborative environment where high-level producers, experts and professionals from Canada, the UK and the Caribbean can explore synergies, share expertise, and build partnerships that will drive innovation and growth within the film industry.

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 1st 2024 at 2:00 EST


What’s Included

Engaging Panel Discussions:

Thought-provoking sessions featuring experts and thought leaders discussing the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in co-producing within the film industry.

Networking Opportunities:

Ample time for attendees to connect with peers, potential collaborators, and industry influencers. Networking sessions will be strategically incorporated to facilitate meaningful interactions.

Pitch Sessions: A dedicated space for participants to showcase their projects, ideas, and capabilities, providing an opportunity for potential coproductions to be explored.

Interactive Workshops and Masterclasses:

Hands-on workshops led by industry experts, offering practical insights and skills relevant to co-producing in today’s dynamic market.

Exhibition Area:

An exhibition featuring cutting-edge technologies, services, and solutions that can enhance co-production efforts.

Who Should Apply?

Documentary, Feature Film and Television series producers from the UK, Canada, the Caribbean and South Africa who are of Black or Global Majority descent and have successfully produced at least one full length project domestically and are ready to make the leap into international co-production. They must have full or partial ownership stake in a functional production company that is at least 51% Black owned and a project in pre-development or development stages that has international potential.

Besides a complete application form, applicants may submit an updated resume, a pitch deck or any supporting material describing their project and a script draft or outline.

All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance of profile and track record of the applicant
  • Relevance of profile and track record of the applicant’s company
  • Co-production and networking potential of project and participant, benefit for the other participants
  • Long term career goals / professional motivation for integration, contribution and collaboration with the film industry
  • Personal motivation to participate in the program and to understand the mechanics of international co-production more deeply
  • Extent to which the individual reasons for applying can be met by the program
  • Suitable time schedule of the applicant in terms of other productions or obligations in the workshop year
  • Suitable timing in terms of the applicant’s career
  • Willingness to share and contribute to the workshop, engage in the other participants’ projects

The applicant’s project will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Potential for the international market and co-production
  • Focus on narratives that represent the Global South and those with Global South heritage
  • Projects that portray historically underrepresented groups such as women of colour, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community e.t.c
  • Artistic quality (professional standards, clarity, originality, technical writing craft etc.)
  • Projects in line with CCF core values (tolerance, human rights, diversity etc) The CCF will NOT support projects of blatantly pornographic nature, projects advocating violence, or projects inciting a violation of human rights
  • Suitable stage of development (early development, not having been over-exposed in terms of participation at co-production markets and other training programmes)

All supporting materials must be submitted as a PDF with the following naming convention: CCF2024-Applicant Name-Document Type e.g CCF2024-Anna Smith-Script