International affairs

The CMPA is dedicated to helping Canadian producers establish international partnerships and bring their content to screens around the world.


Sarolta Csete
Director, Mentorship and International Development
1-613-688-0952 /
1-800-656-7440 ext. 338

Ladane Ali
Coordinator, Mentorship, International Development & Policy
613-688-0950 /
1-800-656-7440 ext. 339

To thrive in today’s global marketplace, Canadian content needs to travel across our borders and onto international screens.

The CMPA works to:

  • Promote co-production opportunities for CMPA members.

  • Expand our members’ international market knowledge.

  • Strengthen our links with offshore industry organizations looking to broaden their own international market reach and presence.

The CMPA is as interested in working within established markets and festivals as it is in building strategic industry contacts and exploring new opportunities outside of these.

Upcoming CMPA events

March 14-18, 2022

Register now

Join an international delegation

For more information on past delegations, please contact:

Sarolta Csete
Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
1-613-688-0952 /
1-800-656-7440 ext. 338

Take your networking to another level—and another country—by joining one of our international delegations.

Our delegations are designed to help our members succeed in a globally competitive market. Previous CMPA delegations have travelled to Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Berlin, Melbourne, Los Angeles and more.



Opportunities for the 2023-2024 fiscal year will be posted soon!

Export Resources

Optimizing your digital presence for export


The CMPA is currently developing a workshop that focuses on creating a digital marketing strategy, including training on  creating websites & social media engagement strategy, optimizing website content, learning about analytics and SEO specifically to prepare for export and to attract international partners.


The training is set to take place in February – exact dates to be confirmed. Please complete the statement of interest and needs assessmentif you would like to participate.

Exporting Screen-based content and services training module


We worked with a team of Certified International Trade Professionals (CITPs) specializing in trade in services to develop the ‘Exporting Screen-Based Content and Services’ workshop. It is designed to offer you comprehensive, hands-on training to facilitate selling screen-based content and services into new international markets.

In addition to the recordings from the sessions,  you will find training materials, exercises and online export resources to assist you and your company in expanding your business internationally.

Access the workshop  →

International events

TFO Canada / PROCOLOMBIA - Creative Services Trade Missions to Canada (supported by Global Affairs)

May 01, 2023

Calling Canadian animation companies, media producers, ad agencies, digital creative and VR content developers!

Are you looking to incorporate new & exciting animation content or access creative resources that are often challenging to hire in today’s labour market? Then here is an opportunity that could be for you!


Professional development




Canada – UK Co-Production Forum 2023

May 30, 2023

The Canada – UK Co-Production Forum aims to facilitate conversations between Canadian and UK companies producing screen-based content to explore co-production and collaboration, and to exchange information and ideas. 


Professional development



Upcoming CMPA events

Canada - UK Co-Production Forum

The Canada – UK Co-Production Forum aims to facilitate conversations between Canadian and UK companies producing screen-based content to explore co-production and collaboration, and to exchange information and ideas.


2023 Spring edition – virtual: May 30 – June 2
2023 Winter edition – hybrid: November 28 – 30 – in person, December 4-6 – virtual


Find out more and participate

Past calls for participation

Delegation to Series Mania Forum
Lille, France
March 21 - 23, 2023
Canada at Content London
London, UK
November 28-29, 2022
Crossing Borders: Canada–US Co-Venture Forum
Los Angeles, CA, United States
November 1-3, 2022
CMPA Mission to Berlinale
Berlin, Germany
February 19-26, 2020
Canada-UK Business Development Day
London, UK
December 2, 2019
CMPA Mission to MediaCon (Dublin, Ireland) and Content London (London, UK)
Dublin, Ireland & London, UK
November 20-30, 2018
Pre-Sale Pitch Sessions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
August 21-23, 2018
Delegation to Screen Forever
Melbourne, Australia
November 12-18, 2017
Delegation to the Hong Kong Filmart and Beijing
Hong Kong and Beijing, China
March 11-17, 2017

International co-productions

For more information about how productions may qualify for co-production certification and to access official treaty co-production guidelines and copies of the co-production treaties, please visit Telefilm Canada.

International treaty co-productions are films and TV programs jointly created by Canadian and foreign producers, each contributing creatively, technically and financially to the project.

These productions enjoy national status in each country. Co-productions are an excellent way for Canadian producers to tap into international financing and talent and create content with global resonance.

International treaty co-productions must be approved by Telefilm Canada and the recognized authority in the partnering country.

Canada currently has co-production agreements with more than 60 countries. The complete list is available at Telefilm Canada.

International Co-production Directory

Designed to facilitate the building of partnerships producers internationally, this searchable database provides a platform where producers can create a detailed company profile and upload information on the projects for which they are seeking co-production partners. Explore the directory →

CRTC co-ventures

For more information about the Canadian program certification process, including eligibility criteria for CRTC-certified co-ventures, please visit the CRTC website.

Canadian producers interested in working with a producer from a country with which Canada has no official co-production treaty can do so as a CRTC-certified co-venture.

These productions don’t qualify for Canadian-content tax credits, but do qualify for production services tax credit and are classified as “Canadian content” for domestic broadcast purposes.

Canadian producers participating in co-ventures must have equal decision-making responsibility and retain 50% share of investment and profits, while the foreign producer can own 100% of copyright.

Related research

Exporting Canadian Screen-based Productions in a Global Market

Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (July 2021)

Exporting Canadian Feature Films in Global Markets

Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (May 2017)

Exporting Canadian Television Globally

Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (May 2017)