MONTRÉAL, June 27, 2019 – At the Annual General Meeting of the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) on June 20, Émilie Dussault, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Pierre Moreau, CEO, presented the 2018–2019 year in review. This report highlights the many efforts made by the QFTC to strengthen its ties with the industry and to develop structuring ideas and concrete proposals to meet the needs of its members.
“This year, very specifically, we are seeing strong growth in the visual effects sector, placing it at the heart of this tremendous expansion, which saw foreign investments rise to $871 million in 2018–2019,” said Pierre Moreau. “Our Film Commission Services and the audiovisual cluster complement each other and are complementary and well aligned with the sector’s development objectives. Our areas of focus have brought together a record number of participants. This role as a unifying organization is our first commitment to our members and, more broadly, to the entire community.”
Highlights of the year
- Trade mission with the Mayor of Montreal and Animation mission
This year, the QFTC ramped up its development efforts with two trade missions in Los Angeles, one in partnership with the City of Montreal and the other to promote animation production services. In addition, the QFTC welcomed 50 producers on five Fam Tours and 17 location scouting visits.
- Visual effects
In 2018, the visual effects sector achieved a record production volume of $493 million, an 88% increase compared to 2017. It should be noted that this sector now employs nearly 4,000 people.
- Foreign shoots
With 23 productions, 2018 marks a year of stability for direct expenditures made in Quebec by foreign productions. The level of investment remains among the highest ever recorded for the province, and we saw the return of several producers and directors who had enjoyed their previous filming experiences in the province.
- Intellectual property
The Council also continued its economic development efforts with the production of volume II of its study on intellectual property, which was submitted to the Ministère des Finances on February 15, 2019.
- Rolling Green
The Rolling Green project is an action plan to promote environmentally responsible audiovisual productions in Quebec. It was developed by the QFTC in collaboration with Quebecor and the Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables (CQEER). By adopting an action plan, the Québec film and television industry will be able to reduce its ecological footprint while positioning itself as a leader in environmentally responsible audiovisual productions, following the example of major studios in Western Canada, the United States and France.
- “Accélérer les talents”
In the context of its economic development strategy “Accélérer les talents,” the City of Montréal has selected the QFTC’s project “Release your creativity”. The project is developed in collaboration with Access:VFX, CyberCap, the UQAC – École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design and member studios of the Montreal chapter of Access:VFX.
- First Canadian Film Commission Summit
The QFTC, in partnership with the Vancouver Economic Film Commission, is leading a project to bring together all Canadian film offices around common goals. Thanks to the Canadian Relations Support Program run by the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes, we have received the necessary support to organize three meetings in 2019.
- Live-action project
The live-action project was launched in 2018 in collaboration with major players in the foreign live-action film industry. Its objective is to improve the growth and competitiveness of the Quebec industry at the national level and on the international market. Its first action was to launch a consultation with foreign producers to gauge their perception of the services currently available in Quebec.
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The english version of the report will soon be available in English
New and re-elected members of the Board of Directors
The annual general meeting also saw the election of several members to the Board of Directors.
Marie-Claude Poulin, MCP Productions, was re-elected to the producers subcommittee; Nicolas Savoie, Difuze, was elected to the service providers subcommittee; François Sansregret, Cinesite, was elected to the visual effects suppliers subcommittee; and Philippe Montel was elected by acclamation to the production directors subcommittee.
The QFTC congratulates these newly elected officials and looks forward to their support for its activities over the next two years. It also thanks the departing Board members, Andrew Lapierre and Martin Picard, for their involvement in the industry.
Guest speaker, Claude Paré
During the AGM, Artistic Director and Production Designer Claude Paré presented a talk entitled “The Dark Side of Glamour.” Lead by Chanelle Routhier, Commissioner, Film and Television, this talk provided an opportunity to learn more about Mr. Paré’s career and the various projects he has worked on, including the X-Men film Dark Phoenix and Spider-Man: Far from Home.
The QFTC also warmly thanks the Canada Media Fund for sponsoring the 2019 AGM Cocktail, and all its public and private partners and members for their support and their trust.
About the QFTC
The QFTC is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that contributes to the development and competitiveness of Quebec as a world-class multi-screen production centre. As an economic development agency, its mission is to generate investment in Quebec through competitive tax incentive programs, the expertise of industry members, architectural diversity, the quality of its infrastructure and the industry’s ability to export its products to foreign markets.
The QFTC is supported by its partners: Air Canada, National Bank of Canada, BFL Canada, Corporate Stays, Demers Beaulne, Difuze Inc., EP Canada, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Front Row Insurance Brokers, Hôtel Gault/Monville, MELS, Miller Thomson, Grande Studios, PwC, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Rodeo FX, William Gray Hotel as well as from federal, provincial and municipal governments.
For more details, visit www.qftc.ca
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