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Newsletter - January 2021

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QFTC Newsletter - January 2021

 
 

DETAILS — CONTINUATION OF AUDIOVISUAL ACTIVITIES

Following a meeting held on Thursday, January 7 by the Minister of Culture and Communications, Ms. Nathalie Roy, we would like to share a few clarifications with you regarding the new measures in effect:

  • Is filming still allowed?

As announced on Wednesday during the Prime Minister’s press briefing, filming activities may continue in compliance with the health standards established by CNESST.

  • What are the sanitary measures in force for filming?

The CNESST rules remain unchanged for filming. Please refer to the Guide de normes sanitaires en milieu de travail pour la production audiovisuelle (Guide to Workplace Health Standards for Audio Visual Production).

  • How does the curfew apply to filming activities?

As of Saturday, January 9, a curfew will now be in effect.

Filming activities will be allowed during curfew hours between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am.

Any personnel needing to circulate during curfew hours must have at hand a written authorization from their producer/supervisor. In such a situation, any personnel needing to travel will qualify as “essential”.

To facilitate proof of this, anyone travelling for work purposes will be able to access the form Employer Attestation Concerning Travel During the Curfew (DOCX 763 KB), decreed by the Government of Québec and provided by their employer.

Employers will be able to provide a filled form to the employees whose presence is required at the workplace.

  • Can production line activities (shooting, post-production, dubbing, recording) continue?

The entire chain remains in operation.

  • Is the 25% on-the-job rule still applicable to the visual effects sector?

The 25% rule no longer applies. Everything that can be carried out remotely must be done as such. Only staff deemed “essential” can come to the workplace.

  • Is audiovisual recording allowed during curfew hours between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.?

These recordings are permitted.

The personnel concerned must have in their possession a letter explaining the professional reasons justifying their presence after 8 p.m., as well as the contact information of a person in authority.

For more details, please go to the Questions and Answers section on health instructions, symptoms, treatments and mental health on the Québec government website.

 

LAUNCH OF THE MENTORING PROGRAM FOR YOUNG GRADUATES IN VFX/ANIMATION

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The official launch of the VFX/animation mentoring program for young graduates took place on Thursday January 14, 2021!

25 industry professionals committed to becoming mentors for 25 young people taking their first steps into the world of work. This 6-month program aims to guide and advise the new generation to optimize their integration into the studios.

Developed in collaboration with École NAD-UQAC and Mentorat Québec as part of the Release your Creativity project, this program is made possible thanks to the financial support of the City of Montréal, as well as our partners Caribara, DNEG, Framestore, Method Studios, Reel FX and Technicolor (through its 3 brands Mikros, MPC and Mr X).

 

RENEWAL OF THE PRESTIGE PARTNERSHIP WITH RCGT

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The QFTC is pleased to announce the renewal of its Prestige Partnership with Raymond Chabot Grand Thornton (RCGT)!

“We are very pleased to be able to collaborate for another year with the Québec Film and Television Council to encourage the development of the film and television industry in Québec. The QFTC has always supported our clients and the industry as a whole in accommodating the specific needs of producers and has created an attractive environment for new productions.. We are proud to join our efforts with the QFTC, which continues to ensure Québec’s competitiveness at the international level, and taking every factor into account, in order to ensure the smooth running and success of productions shot in Québec.” Éric Julien, Partner — Tax Lawyer at RCGT

 

COMING THIS WINTER: LAUNCH OF THE 3D & VFX GLOSSARY

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The QFTC and SYNTHESE will soon launch the 3D & VFX glossary, an online tool which will be free and accessible to all. It will promote the use of the right French terminology in the visual effects and animation industry.

Its mission will be to help artists, HR professionals and others in the sector to find the right French terminology for their job offers, exchanges or official documents. This project was created thanks to the support of the Office québécois de la langue française.

We would also like to thank the Pôle Synthèse (Ms. Albane Français and Ms. Anne Le Bouyonnec), Mr. Fortunato Frattasio, Mr. Francis Lapointe, Atoll Digital (Mr. David Grondin), Cégep du Vieux Montréal, UQAT and Isart Digital for their support in the development of this project.

 

NEW FACES AT QFTC

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In the last few weeks/days, new people have joined the team the Québec Film and Television Council team:

Welcome to them! We would also like to wish Marie Manson, our former administrative assistant, a safe return to France!

 

THE QFTC AT A GLANCE

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  • This week will see the launch of the first virtual familiarization tour in collaboration with UNLTD. This virtual familiarization tour will replace the Fam Tour which cannot take place in the current context!
  • In the fall of 2020, in consultation with film industry organizations and associations, the QFTC initiated a new proposal for Incentives for filming in the region. This project, which aims to make Québec’s fiscal arsenal more competitive, was submitted on January 19 to the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the SODEC and all the organizations that took part in the consultation. We would like to thank them all for the time and energy they devoted to reviewing this project.