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Newsletter - February 2021

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QFTC Newsletter - February 2021

Hi Aurore, below please find all the latest news from the Quebec Film and Television Council as well as upcoming events!

 

THE QFTC PUBLISHES ITS 2020 YEAR-END RESULTS FOR FOREIGN PRODUCTIONS FILMED IN QUEBEC AND THE VISUAL EFFECTS SECTOR

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As it has done every year since its inception, the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) has published the year-end results for foreign productions filmed in Quebec, visual effects and animation.

While these three sectors had seen increasingly strong growth for several years—with visual effects growing exponentially—2020 highlights the impact of the health crisis on the audiovisual industry.

“Not surprisingly, the results for 2020 highlight the atypical nature of the year and the particularly difficult context experienced by all stakeholders in the industry. I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary work done by all our partners in adjusting to these unprecedented circumstances. [...]” Pierre Moreau, CEO of the QFTC

 

THE QFTC FINDS AN INNOVATIVE WAY OF REINVENTING ITSELF BY LAUNCHING TWO VIRTUAL REALITY FAM TOURS FOR 11 AMERICAN PRODUCERS

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On January 19 and 21, 2021, the Quebec Film & Television Council (QFTC) launched two fam tours, organized by the QFTC’s reception and promotion team.

In collaboration with Montreal-based company UNLTD, the QFTC produced an immersive virtual reality experience to allow American producers to discover the province's many assets.

More than a dozen virtual reality headsets, along with bagels (a Montreal hallmark!) were offered to American producers from some of the biggest US studios: Marvel Studios, Apple TV, Universal Content Productions, A24, CBS Television Studios, Skydance, Universal 1440 Entertainment, John Wells Productions, A & E Studios…

 

UPCOMING: ANNUAL STATISTICS ON SALARIES AND JOBS IN VFX/ANIMATION

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Every year since 2012, the QFTC has compiled certain economic indicators for the visual effects and animation sector in order to highlight their importance to public decision-makers, the industry and the general public. Again this year, at the request of the studios, our survey will focus on compiling statistics concerning job numbers, salaries and benefits, equality and immigration. Questions dealing specifically with the impact of the health crisis were included to keep our information up to date.

The goal is to provide everyone with reliable and accurate industry statistics to guide all private and public players in their economic decisions, guaranteeing a stable and flourishing business environment.

 

THE QFTC ORGANIZES A TRADE MISSION FOR THE VISUAL EFFECTS AND POST-PRODUCTION SECTORS

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Immediately following two virtual reality fam tours launched & organized during the week of January 18, 2021, the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) took another step forward in its effort to promote the province of Quebec's audiovisual industry to American studios. This time the spotlight was on the visual effects and post-production sectors.

From February 2 to 5, 2021, the QFTC organized an online visual effects & post-production trade mission with American studios such as Disney, Hulu, MRC, CBS and Apple, to name only a few. Eight (8) Quebec companies participated in these meetings: A.A. Studios, Cinesite, Difuze, Hybride, Kaibou, MELS, Rodeo FX and Studios Saint-Antoine.

 

AI AND VFX SUMMIT: WHAT CHANGES FOR THE WORKFORCE?

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The QFTC is currently organizing an event for spring 2021 concerning the links between artificial intelligence and VFX/Animation, thanks to the support of the Conseil Emploi Métropole.

More specifically, this day of conferences and workshops will aim to understand and anticipate the changes that these new technologies will bring for all jobs in the industry. All studios in Quebec are invited to take part to reflect on and discuss this topical subject.

A report consisting of recommendations will be prepared to review the curricula, the new skills to be developed, and the labour, training and career orientation needs brought about by the arrival of artificial intelligence in the process of creating visual effects and animation.

To find out more, contact Anne Fossier at: anne@bctq.ca

 

DISCOVER THE NEW QFTC PHOTO LIBRARY

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For several months, the QFTC has been working with a new photo library using the Reel-Scout tool, which it will use from now on. This tool is essential for all producers wanting to shoot in Quebec. It contains 8,000 filming locations and allows us to create around a hundred photo albums every year for international producers.

We would particularly like to thank the SODEC and the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) for their financial contribution to this project, as well as Canada Economic Development (CED) for allowing us to add this project to our current agreement with them.