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Montreal, February 25th, 2020 – The Quebec Film & Television Council (QFTC), in collaboration with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), coordinated the 4th Canadian Film Commission Summit at Prime Time Ottawa 2020. The Summit was made possible by the grant from the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC). The initiative brought together 22 participants from six Canadian provinces and two Canadian federal territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories and Yukon.

The “Silver Partner” status established with Prime Time Ottawa afforded the Canadian Film Commissions a prominent location in the Producer’s Lounge, a space dedicated to business meetings. This not only ensured visibility with key players in the film and television industry but also gave Summit participants an opportunity to connect with many of the Canadian and foreign producers present at this year’s Prime Time Ottawa.

Among the topics discussed at this Canada-wide meeting were training issues, the exchange of best practices and the importance of developing an ownership economy by preserving our intellectual property. The emphasis on creativity and collaboration was also at the heart of the structured and lively discussions aimed at positioning Canada as one of the most dynamic audiovisual production centres in the world.

“This fourth Summit marked an important turning point in the strategic positioning of the Canadian Film Commissions network. Our talks were constructive and exciting, and our visibility was excellent; the Producer’s Lounge was right next to Confederation Hall where all the most important conferences were held. They couldn’t miss us! “said Chanelle Routhier, Film & Television Commissioner, Province of Quebec and initiator of this national project.

This fourth summit follows the official launch of Canadian Film Commissions, a national communications network of the film offices of various regions of Canada last September in Toronto. The Canadian Film Commissions are considering future partnerships with organizations such as Telefilm Canada etc.

“During the conference, the importance of Canada working together to strategically position itself on the world stage was mentioned many times, and what we have been able to create and build is exactly in line with that positioning. The QFTC and the VEC have received much praise for all the work they have accomplished. Our peers see the interest, value and need to ensure the sustainability of this network. Some have even called our group truly visionary!” said David Shepheard, Film Commissioner of the Vancouver Economic Commission.

The Canadian Film Commissions are exploring the possibility of holding a fifth summit as part of a Canadian festival/market.

Participants of the 4th Canadian Film Commissions Summit in Ottawa

Photo Credit: Marie-Andrée Blais

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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, EP Canada, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hôtel Gault/Monville, Hybride, MELS, Miller Thomson, Grande Studios, Mount Stpehen Hotel, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Rodeo FX, William Gray Hotel as well as from federal, provincial and municipal governments.

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Aurore Lagonotte
Communication Manager
514-499-7070 #223

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