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Co-Productions

International treaty co-production


International treaty co-production is an important avenue through which Canadian producers tap into international financing and talent to create films and television programs with international audience appeal. The Government of Canada currently has co-production agreements with 53 countries. These agreements permit Canadian and foreign producers to combine their creative, technical and financial resources to co-produce films and television programs, which benefit from national status in each co-producer’s country.

 International Treaty co-productions are governed by agreements, with specific requirements:

  • Must be approved by Telefilm Canada and the recognized authority in the partnering country
  • Minimum financial participation by each partner is required
  • Investments/costs incurred in each country must be proportionate
  • Balance between the financial, technical and artistic contributions of each country has to be achieved

Canada has entered into official co-production treaties with the following countries:

Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
China
Colombia
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France (Cinema)
France (Television)

France (Mini-treaties)
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway

Republic of the Philippines
PolandRomania
Russian Federation
Senegal
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Venezuela
Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)

For official treaty co-production guidelines and to access agreements, please visit the Telefilm Canada website.


CRTC Co-ventures


Where there is no official co-production treaty, Canadian producers can co-produce with non-Canadian companies engaging in a CRTC Co-venture. These productions, while they do not qualify for Canadian-content tax credits, they do qualify for production services tax credit and as "Canadian content" for broadcast.  

Key requirements:

  • Canadian producers must have equal measure of decision-making responsibility over all creative elements
  • Canadian producers must retain 50% financial participation and a 50% share of profits
  • Foreign co-producer can own 100% of copyright

For more information about the Canadian Program Certification Process, please visit the CRTC website.

 

Why co-produce with Canada?


  • High-standard, full-service production & post-production facilities
  • Experienced and highly-skilled production crews and talent
  • Variety of financing sources across the country, including federal and provincial tax credits
  • Physical and cultural proximity to the United States
  • Excellent location services and diverse locations/landscapes

 


Contact Us

Susanne Vaas Email Susanne Vaas
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs

1- 613-688-0950 / 1-800-656-7440 x337