Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 08, 2010 15:39 ET

Minister James Moore Announces Launch of Audiovisual Co-Production Negotiations With India

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Government of Canada is launching co-production negotiations with India, the first step in the Government's commitment to co-production, which will position the Canadian audiovisual industry as a global leader.

"Our Government supports Canada's audiovisual industry in bringing Canadian content to new international markets. Moving forward with co-production treaty negotiations with India should strengthen the relationship our two countries already have, while supporting the creation of a greater number of original audiovisual productions that can be distributed on a larger scale," said Minister Moore. "International co-production promotes Canadian culture and its creators abroad and strengthens our alliances with foreign countries."

Canada and India share a longstanding and strong relationship in the field of culture. They are currently collaborating at UNESCO in the context of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. In June 2010, Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on cultural cooperation with India that will facilitate bilateral cultural initiatives, aid in the creation of economic opportunities for both Canada and India, and help showcase Canadian cultural content in India and Indian cultural content in Canada.

Treaty co-productions are film or television productions that take place in accordance with international treaties signed by governments. They allow Canadian and foreign producers to pool their creative, technical, and financial resources. Co-productions are recognized as domestic productions in their respective countries, providing them access to domestic benefits. In Canada, these benefits can include federal and provincial tax credits, the Canada Media Fund, and Telefilm Canada's Canada Feature Film Fund.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

BACKGROUNDER

Co-production agreements are international treaties that enable Canadian and foreign producers to pool their creative, technical, and financial resources to co-produce films and television projects. Treaty co-productions are granted domestic status in their respective countries

The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for negotiating and overseeing co-production agreements. Telefilm Canada administers these agreements on behalf of Canadian Heritage and receives applications for certification of projects as official co-productions. The Minister of Canadian Heritage issues the certificates upon the recommendation of Telefilm Canada.

Once a production is certified in Canada, it is eligible for a range of direct and indirect audiovisual support measures, such as the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Canada Media Fund, and the Canada Feature Film Fund, as well as similar programs in most provinces and territories.

Canada signed its first co-production treaty with France in 1963. It has 49 treaties with 53 partners around the world and is recognized as a world leader in international audiovisual co-production. For a list of these agreements, visit the Telefilm website at www.telefilm.gc.ca/en/coproductions/coproductions/agreements.

Over the past decade, Canada has co-produced close to 800 audiovisual productions, including such recent feature films as Splice (Canada–France) and Barney's Version (Canada–Italy), as well as a number of television productions such as Pillars of the Earth (Canada–Germany), Franklin (Canada–France), and The Tudors (Ireland–Canada).

From 2000 to 2009, these nearly 800 productions benefited from approximately $2.8 billion from foreign partners.

In Canada, box office revenues are on average approximately 30 percent higher for co-produced films released theatrically in Canada than other domestic films.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca