Passage of Bill 32 - New government measure expected to revitalize foreign filming in Quebec

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Film and Television Council
(QFTC) is extremely pleased to learn that Bill 32, which is intended to amend
the Act governing artists' status, was passed by the National Assembly
yesterday. This Bill - the government's response to a demand for recognition
of artisans and technicians working in Quebec's audiovisual production
industry - heralds a return to labour peace, which is an essential criterion
for hosting foreign film productions.
    Coupled with the improved tax credits for foreign film productions
announced by the government last Friday, Bill 32 ensures a surge of Hollywood
and foreign film productions returning to Quebec. Hans Fraikin, Quebec Film
Commissioner for the QFTC, anticipates that these measures will help Quebec
regain its status as one of the world's most dynamic film production
locations: "Quebec is now open for business..."
    The QFTC wishes to thank Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture,
Communications and the Status of Women, for her commitment to this important
issue and the concrete action taken over the past few days to benefit Quebec's
film industry.

    About the QFTC:

    The Quebec Film and Television Council's mission is to contribute to
Quebec's development and competitiveness as a world-class film and television
production centre. The QFTC is responsible for promoting Quebec's assets in
foreign markets, in order to attract interesting business opportunities for
all of Quebec. Working with regional film and television offices, it ensures
consistency and proper coordination of the welcome and support services
required for filming international productions in Quebec. The QFTC's mandate
includes the development and completion of anchor projects that will benefit
the entire industry, while also taking on an information dissemination and
awareness-building role with public- and private-sector decision-makers and
the general public.

For further information:

For further information: Sylvain Gagné, Deputy Commissioner, Quebec Film
and Television Council, (514) 499-7070, extension 223

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