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Mission Accomplished: the QFTC’s Trade Mission to Los Angeles Is a Success

Montreal, October 30, 2016 - The QFTC is very proud to announce the success of its recent trade mission to Los Angeles, which included some of the most dynamic foreign production services partners.

The central message of this mission was reiterated throughout the presentation to major US studios and production companies: Quebec is a world-class centre for audiovisual production. The mission had one important objective: to better position Quebec as a major production centre in North America, both in Canada and internationally.


 

Quebec’s Attractive Offering
Taking place from September 19 to 23, the mission brought together an impressive delegation of partners with the aim of presenting Quebec as a major centre for world-class audiovisual production and one of the most attractive destinations for US producers and financial managers. In just a few days, the delegation met with more than 100 key decision makers in production, finance and labour relations representing more than 28 production companies and studios.
 
The mission served to highlight all of the services associated with hosting foreign productions, including the presentation of the new National Commissioner, Chanelle Routhier, competitive tax credits, adapted financial services, a qualified and abundant workforce, increased capacity for hosting, high quality post-production services, a unique ecosystem for visual effects and animation (Montreal is third in the world in this sector) and finally, the wide diversity of architecture in Montreal, Quebec City and the Laurentians, allowing for a resemblance to many large cities in the world and landscapes that are exceptionally varied.
 
“I am pleased to see the enthusiasm generated by Montreal and the province of Quebec from senior executives of major US studios. It was important that the industry come together to present a unified message. We believe we achieved this in the context of this mission. Thanks to an impeccably organized trade mission, together we managed to consolidate and develop strategic collaborations,” said Pierre Moreau, CEO of the QFTC.
 
This mission also enabled the QFTC to build new relationships with key players in television production, including companies like Netflix, Amazon and HBO, as well as independent production companies such as Black Bear Pictures, Silver Pictures and Marvista.

It should also be noted that there is strong interest for the sectors of virtual reality and sound recording, fields the QFTC plans on adding to Quebec’s offering for foreign productions.
The QFTC would like to thank the companies and trade unions that trusted it to undertake the trade mission: ACTRA, AQTIS, National Bank, the Laurentians Film and Television Commission, Cinepool, the DGC, IATSE 514, IATSE 667, MELS, Mikros, SODEC, Studios MTL and Technicolor.

 “I also want to congratulate our new Production Services team, which demonstrated exemplary expertise in organizing this mission in only a few weeks,” added Pierre Moreau.
Finally, the QFTC would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the Consulate General of Canada and the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles for their valuable support in realizing this trade mission.
 
About the QFTC
The Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) is a non-profit organization 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 by relying on competitive tax incentive programs, the expertise of industry members, architectural diversity, the quality of infrastructure and the industry’s ability to export its products to foreign markets.

The QFTC receives support from its Prestige Partners: National Bank, IATSE 514, Technicolor Miller Thomson, the Place d’Armes, Intercontinental, Ritz Carlton and Corporate Stays hotels, Loews Hôtel Vogue and Hôtel Monville as well as assistance from various federal, provincial and municipal governmental departments. For more details, visit www.qftc.ca.

Andrée Gendron
Director of Communications
Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC)
Office: (514) 499-7070, ext. 230
Mobile: (514) 462-5954
andree@qftc.ca
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