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QFTC Annual Report: A pivotal year featuring major achievements

It was with great enthusiasm that the Chairman of the Board of the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC), Sylvain Lafrance, and its CEO, Pierre Moreau, revealed the report for fiscal year 2016–2017 to members at the annual general meeting held on July 6.

As they presented the year’s activities, the two leaders insisted on the importance of prioritizing diversification efforts in Quebec and abroad.

2016–2017 highlights

  • New Production Services team at the QFTC for foreign producers
  • $298M in direct spending in Quebec by foreign productions
  • $278M in contract volume for the visual effects sector
  • 50% increase in the number of foreign productions shot in Quebec since 2015
  • Unveiling of an ambitious Strategic Orientations document, created following a large-scale consultation with Quebec’s audiovisual industry leaders
  • Filing of a budget by the provincial government that takes into account the QFTC’s recommendations on tax incentives for the VR/AR and sound recording sectors
  • Two major trade missions to Los Angeles (September 2016 and March 2017), confirming the status of Montréal and the province of Quebec as world-class audiovisual production hubs

 “These achievements position Quebec as a unique region in North America where foreign producers feel welcome in a friendly and dynamic business environment—an industry where local entrepreneurs come together to form a creative community that will ultimately secure Quebec a distinct place on the global markets,” said Pierre Moreau.

This annual general meeting also saw elections being held for several seats on the Board of Directors. Sylvain Lafrance and Maurice Prud’homme were respectively reelected as Chairman and Treasurer; Émilie Dussault was elected by acclamation for the visual effects sector; Andrew Lapierre kept his seat in the service suppliers category; and Marie-Claude Poulin will be representing producers from now on.

The QFTC congratulates those who were newly elected and is already anticipating the vigorous deployment of its new three-year plan developed from the Strategic Orientations document.

The new members and reelected members of the QFTC’s Board of Directors


Sylvain Lafrance (Chairman)

HEC Montréal

Émilie Dussault
(Deputy Chairman)


Maurice Prud’homme (Treasurer)



Andrew Lapierre


Marie-Claude Poulin

MCP Productions



Guest speaker Michael Prupas

President and CEO, Muse Entertainment Enterprises Inc.



Having been invited to deliver an exclusive conference for the members present at the QFTC’s annual meeting, Mr. Prupas talked about his unique journey and the key stages his developing company went through on its way to becoming a leader in Quebec’s audiovisual industry. His company is among those that have performed brilliantly in international production and distribution in recent years. Michael Prupas also shared his vision for the future of our industry and discussed the challenges facing those who will be working for change over the next few years.

The QFTC extends special thanks to Telefilm Canada, the exclusive sponsor of the 2017 general meeting cocktail evening, and its executive director, Ms. Carolle Brabant.


Sylvain Lafrance (Chairman - QFTC), Carolle Brabant (Executive Director - Telefilm Canada), Pierre Moreau (CEO - QFTC)


View the BCTQ's Annual Report 2016-2017.

View the pictures of the event. (Credits: Jean-François Paré)