Canada House
August 04, 2020

A New Digital Opportunity: The UK-Canada Immersive Talent Exchange and Co-production Accelerator

August 5, 2020

Are you a creator who wants to collaborate on immersive storytelling—an emerging field that embraces digital technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality to engage audiences?  

You can now apply for the UK-Canada Immersive Talent Exchange and Co-production Accelerator, a Canada Council partnership that offers a year-long international exchange programme dedicated to immersive storytelling.

The programme will bring together a cohort of 12 creators from Canada and 12 from the UK to work with industry mentors in the development of creative, technical, and business skills and knowledge around immersive storytelling. Sessions will be held remotely—with the possibility for in-person workshops and exchanges as the situation around COVID-19 evolves. 

All participants will receive a fixed Development Grant of $3,400 to contribute towards their time spent on the initial talent development stage of the programme.

Participants will also be able to pitch for co-production financing during the programme, beginning in November 2020. A total funding amount of $510,000 will be available for all participants with amounts between $42,500 and $170,000 for individual projects. The programme will conclude at the end of 2021 with the completion of funded projects.

Is this programme for me?

The programme is open to applications from creators with a wealth of backgrounds and experiences, including from—but not limited to—theatre, performing and visual arts, games, TV, film, and other forms of digital and interactive media.

The programme will accept six creative leads from Canada who will be mixture of artists, filmmakers, theatre directors and other visionaries who can drive the creative direction of a project.

The programme will also accept six producers from Canada who can bring the business skills and immersive production experience needed to make these projects a reality.

Ready to apply?

The deadline to apply for the programme is Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 12 pm EDT.

You can read more about the programme—including eligibility criteria, application and judging criteria and more—and apply on the programme’s website.  

Still have questions?

If you have questions after reviewing the programme’s website, you can contact


This programme is a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film Centre, StoryFutures Academy (UK), the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling (run by the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London), and Arts Council England.