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Newsletter - March 2020

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QFTC's Newsletter - March 2020


Quebec Film and Television Council Announces Its Inaugural Benefit Gala


This coming March 12th, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Cinema du Musée will host the very first Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) Fundraising Gala. Funds raised through the evening will be used to promote Quebec internationally as a filming location and to finance various projects spearheaded by the QFTC’s Audiovisual Cluster. The Cluster projects tackle industry challenges such as labour shortage, environmental responsibility of filming, and intellectual property.

The evening will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to internationally renowned director, screenwriter, and producer Roland Emmerich. No stranger to Montreal, he has shot the majority of his recent feature films in the city, including The Day After TomorrowWhite House Down, and Midway which opened last fall and has grossed almost $US140 million worldwide. Emmerich will return to Montreal this spring to shoot his latest blockbuster, MOONFALL.


Canadian Film Commissions Meet For The Fourth Time at Prime Time Ottawa


The Quebec Film & Television Council (QFTC), in collaboration with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), coordinated the 4th Canadian Film Commission Summit at Prime Time Ottawa 2020. The Summit was made possible by the grant from the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC). The initiative brought together 22 participants from six Canadian provinces and two Canadian federal territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories and Yukon.




The QFTC is pleased to announce two new partners for the Release Your Creativity project. Caribara Studios and Method Studios join DNEG, Framestore, Reel FX and Technicolor (including Mikros, Mill Film, MPC and Mr X) in support of this important initiative.

Developed in collaboration with Access:VFX, CyberCap and the École des arts numériques, de l'animation et du design - NAD-UQAC, the project aims to develop innovative solutions to the current labour shortage. Over a period of two years, Release Your Creativity will take steps to boost professional recruitment and retention.




On February 27th, The QFTC opened registration for a leadership training program developed in partnership with École NAD-UQAC as part of the Release Your Creativity project. The professional development sessions are designed to meet the needs of women artists in visual effects and animation who hold or wish to hold management positions.

According to 2019 statistics gathered by the QFTC, women represent only 13% of artistic supervision positions.

More than simply a course, the training sessions are intended to provide a path marked by teaching, sharing, workshops and inspiration, all in a warm atmosphere. The program includes 6 sessions for a total of 24 hours of classes.

The program was developed in collaboration with a working committee made up of representatives from Cinesite, Mikros, Mill Film and Reel FX.


QFTC Welcomes Three American Producers!


On January 21, 22 and 23, the Film Commission Services department of the Quebec Film and Television Council organized and hosted the first of four familiarization tours planned for 2020.

Chanelle Routhier, Film & TV Commissioner for the Province of Quebec, spent three busy days touring various filming locations with three producers from Disney, HBO and Participant Media, The QFTC collaborated with the film commissions of the City of Montreal and the City of Québec to introduce producers to the unique architecture and landscapes of the province.