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The 2016 General Assembly of the QFTC, results that confirm the Council’s commitment to Quebec’s audiovisual sector

Montreal, July 12, 2016 – Members of the Quebec Film and Television Council came together at Hotel 10 for their Annual General Assembly, which took place on Thursday, July 7 last. Sylvain Lafrance, Chairman of the QFTC’s Board of Directors, and Pierre Moreau, QFTC Director General and National Commissioner, presented the highlights of the council’s annual activities for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

2015, a record high for foreign films shot in Quebec

In 2015, Quebec hosted the shooting of 16 foreign films, which generated over $313 million of direct spending in the province. These 16 productions, consisting of 12 service productions and 4 co-productions, represent more than 900 days of shooting and have resulted in the creation or maintenance of more than 4,800 full-time equivalent jobs.

"These results represent a 60% increase in total direct expenditures made in Quebec, a remarkable increase, where the exchange rate is only one of the elements supporting this growth which spans several years. The forecast for 2016 is very encouraging, with a business volume of $241 million already confirmed and a strong potential for $71 million more to be confirmed this coming fall", stresses Pierre Moreau.

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Distinguished guests at the 10th anniversary of the QFTC

Several political personalities, including Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Mr. Saul Polo, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation were present at the Annual General Assembly’s cocktail. During his speech, Mr. Coderre took the opportunity to announce the appointment of Mr. Pierre Roy (Astral, INIS Cinemania) to the Chair of the Committee on the Montreal film and television industry, a committee representative of the driving forces in the industry, where experts meet to propel the unique potential of Montreal as a production centre of international caliber.

Mayor Coderre also confirmed that he will join the Quebec delegation on the important economic mission organized by the QFTC next September in Los Angeles.

Mayor Denis Coderre and Pierre Moreau, Managing Director of the QFTC Photo credit: Alain Dahan
The QFTC would like to thank the SODEC and the Canada Media Fund for their financial contribution to the cocktail organized for their Annual General Assembly.

Newly elected to the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the QFTC is especially pleased to welcome three new members: Mr. Martin Picard, Senior Director, Administration and Financing, Quebecor content, Mrs. Catherine Chénier, Director of Quebec City’s Bureau du développement touristique et des grands événements, and Mr. Christian Lemay, Director of Regional Affairs at IATSE Local 667. The Director General of the AQTIS, Mr. Jean-Claude Rocheleau has seen his mandate renewed for two years. And, finally, Mrs. Émilie Dussault, Director at MPC, now occupies the position of Vice-Chairman of the Council, replacing Mr. Daniel Bissonnette who now sits as an observer.

Board of Directors of the Québec Film and Television Council

From left to right: Sylvain Lafrance (HEC), Chairman - Maurice Prud'homme (FCCQ - FICC) Treasurer - Christian Lemay (IATSE 667) - Catherine Chénier (Quebec City) - Dean Chenoy (Miller Thomson) Secretary - Pierre Moreau GM and National Commissioner of the QFTC, Jean-Claude Rocheleau (AQTIS) - Martin Picard (Quebecor content), - Monique Simard (SODEC) - Daniel Bissonnette (City of Montreal) - Emilie Dussault (MPC) Vice-Chairman. Absent:   Jean -Philippe Normandeau (Incendo) - Andrew Lapierre (Video MTL) . Photo credit: Alain Dahan

Claude Gagnon

Conference by Claude Gagnon

QFTC members had the privilege to attend a conference that was very rich in content. For the occasion of the Annual General Assembly, the General Manager invited Mr. Gagnon, an internationally renowned entrepreneur and consultant in the entertainment sector, to present a current portrait of the international industry as well as new challenges facing distribution.

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 centre for world-class multi-screen production.

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, Hotel Place d'Armes, Intercontinental Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Corporate Stays, Technicolor and Miller Thompson as well as from various government institutions.

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