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

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.

Join an international delegation

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.

Upcoming international delegations and events

International Co-production Accelerator Program 2.0

January 8 – February 16

The International Co-Production Accelerator Program (ICAP) 2.0 is a premier training and project incubator program for scripted live-action feature films.

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Sundance Film Festival – 2024

January 18 – 28

The Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 18 – January 28, 2024. The Festival will kick off in person in Utah on the 18th around noon with a…

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) – 2024

January 24 – February 4

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art.

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Realscreen – 2024

January 29 – February 1

Realscreen Summit returns January 29th – February 1st, 2024, with high-level keynote & panel discussions, unique networking opportunities, creative briefs from top buyers, international pitch competitions, the Realscreen Awards and…

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Berlinale – 2024

February 15 – 25

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from…

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Screen Forever

March 19 – 21

Turbocharge your screen industry connections and knowledge in just two days at FOCUS 2023! A Delegate Badge remains complimentary for validated content makers, giving access to a vibrant line-up of…

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Upcoming international calls for submissions

8th JETS – Junior Entertainment Talent Slate

Deadline: December 7, 2023

The 8th JETS, Junior Entertainment Talent Slate, is currently accepting applications for its 2024 edition.

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CMPA Delegation to CPH:DOX

Deadline: December 22, 2023

The CMPA is leading a delegation to the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX) March of 2024.

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International Co-production Accelerator Program 2.0

Deadline: January 8, 2024

The International Co-Production Accelerator Program (ICAP) 2.0 is a premier training and project incubator program for scripted live-action feature films.

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Knowledge Network – Stories (Un)told

Deadline: January 30, 2024

BC’s Knowledge Network is inviting mid-career and senior BC producers to submit development proposals for premium limited documentary series of 3 to 4 one-hour episodes, for broadcast on our channel…

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Telefilm – International Promotion Program – 2024

Deadline: February 23, 2024

Telefilm Canada would like to inform its clients of the opening dates and important changes to the International Promotion Program for fiscal year 2023-2024.

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International co-productions

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. For the complete list, along with more information about qualifications and guidelines, visit Telefilm Canada.

CRTC co-ventures

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.

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

Exporting Screen-Based Content and Services

A workshop designed to offer you comprehensive, hands-on training to facilitate selling screen-based content and services into new international markets.

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Exporting Canadian Screen-based Productions in a Global Market

Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (July 2021)

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