OTTAWA, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Paul Calandra,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member
of Parliament (Oak Ridges-Markham), today announced the implementation
of Canada's policy on coproductions. The new policy takes steps to
deepen Canada's audiovisual production partnerships with markets around
the world. Mr. Calandra also announced the continuation of coproduction
negotiations with foreign partners. The announcement was made during a
speech delivered at the Canadian Media Production Association Prime
Time in Ottawa conference.
"The Harper Government remains focused on creating jobs, growth and
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Calandra. "By implementing our new
policy on coproductions, our Government is making Canada a more
attractive place to do business."
"We recognize that coproductions yield major economic benefits for
Canada," said Minister Moore. "They stimulate foreign investment,
create new business opportunities, and generate employment by
increasing new film and television productions in Canada."
The Government of Canada is modernizing its approach to coproductions to
benefit our country's production industry. The new policy responds to
the evolving audiovisual landscape. It will make it easier for Canada
and partners to get coproduction projects off the ground by simplifying
the administrative burden and by providing increased flexibility on
agreements. These actions will position Canada as an international
partner of choice.
For more information on Canada's Policy on Audiovisual Treaty
Coproduction, visit www.qa.pch.gc.ca/pgm/ai-ia/ppp-ppp/coprod/pol_cpdt-eng.cfm.
The international coproduction environment has seen some significant
changes in recent years due to economic and international factors,
technological advances, and greater global competition for investment.
In light of these changes, in 2011 the Government of Canada announced
Canada's Policy on Audiovisual Treaty Coproduction and launched an online consultation to hear the views of Canadians,
members of the industry, and other stakeholders.
The implementation of Canada's Policy on Coproductions is the next step
in paving the way for future coproduction negotiations between Canada
and its foreign partners. This policy will focus Canada's approach to
coproductions and ensure that Canadians and the film and television
production industry achieve the maximum benefit from government
Under the auspices of a treaty coproduction, Canadian and foreign
producers are able to pool their creative, technical, and financial
resources to coproduce audiovisual projects. Such coproductions are
granted domestic status in their respective countries and, as such,
they can access domestic funding programs, fiscal incentives, and
broadcast quotas, if eligible. In Canada, available support mechanisms
include the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC), the
Canada Media Fund, and the Canada Feature Film Fund, as well as
programs and fiscal incentives from the provinces and territories.
As the designated Competent Authority, the Department of Canadian
Heritage is responsible for negotiating coproduction treaties. As the
Administrative Authority, Telefilm Canada is responsible for the
administrative aspects. Telefilm Canada receives and evaluates
applications for treaty coproduction certification and makes
recommendations to the Minister of Canadian Heritage through the
Canadian Audiovisual Certification Office (CAVCO).
Canada signed its first coproduction treaty with France in 1963. Today
it has treaties with 53 foreign partners and is recognized as a world
leader in audiovisual treaty coproduction. For a list of these
treaties, visit the Telefilm website at www.telefilm.gc.ca/en/coproductions/coproductions/agreements.
Over the past decade, Canada has coproduced close to more than 700 film
and television coproductions valued at more than $4.9 billion in total
production budgets. Some of these treaty coproductions include recent
feature films such as Barney's Version (Canada-Italy), Resident Evil: Retribution (Canada-Germany), Inch'Allah (Canada-France), Laurence Anyways (Canada-France), and Mama (Canada-Spain), as well as television productions such as The Tudors (Canada-Ireland), The Borgias (Canada-Hungary-Ireland), and Babar (Canada-France).
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)