International affairs

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

Contact

Susanne Vaas
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
1-613-688-0950 /
1-800-686-7440 ext. 337
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca

Sarolta Csete
Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
1-613-688-0952 /
1-800-686-7440 ext. 338
sarolta.csete@cmpa.ca

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.

Download the CMPA’s latest International Strategy.


International events

Asian Contents & Film Market

Oct 26, 2020

Asian Contents & Film Market serves as a total film market covering all stages of the film industry from pre-production to film sales. Asian Contents & Film Market 2020 will be held alongside Asian Project Market (APM) and Entertainment Intellectual Property (E-IP) Market at the 25th Busan International Film Festival.

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Global Affairs Virtual Trade Mission to South Korea

Oct 28, 2020

If you want to know more about business opportunities in South Korea and the benefits of CKFTA, join the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, on a virtual Trade Mission to South Korea.

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Export Seminar for Creative Industries

Oct 28, 2020

Canadian Heritage will be hosting a new creative export seminar, which will be delivered virtually. This new seminar will address challenges that exporting SMEs in the creative industries face in the COVID-19 environment.

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American Film Market (AFM) - 2020

Nov 09, 2020

The American Film Market is the most efficient film acquisition, development and networking event in the world. Unlike a festival, AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. For the 2020 edition, AFM will take place online.

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FOCUS

Dec 15, 2020

FOCUS offers a platform to connect, reconnect and share global production expertise – whether you work in film, TV, advertising, animation or games. For 2020 FOCUS, The Meeting Place for International Production, will be expanded from our usual 2-day live event to 3 days online. 

Register now (FREE) and discover a world of filming incentives, locations and services for your future projects. You will also be able to attend a packed session programme.

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Join an international delegation

For more information on past delegations, please contact:

Susanne Vaas
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
1-613-688-0950 /
1-800-686-7440 ext. 337
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca

Sarolta Csete
Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
1-613-688-0952 /
1-800-686-7440 ext. 338
sarolta.csete@cmpa.ca

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.

Canada-UK Business Development Day

The CMPA, in partnership with Pact and with support from The High Commission of Canada, invites Canadian producers for a day-long business development and networking event. Learn more  >

Emerging Producer Delegation to Berlinale 2020

Up to 15 emerging producers will be invited to join the CMPA delegation travelling to Berlinale 2020 from February 20-28, 2020, inclusive of travel days. The purpose of this initiative is to create co-production, financing and sales opportunities for emerging CMPA members. Learn more  >

Past calls for participation

Project
Location
Dates
Details
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 Feature Films in Global Markets

Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (May 2017)

Exporting Canadian Television Globally

Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (May 2017)


Export Resources

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  →

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