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June 15, 2017

June 12 FilmOntario Update

Petition on Recent CRTC Decision
Last week the Canadian Media Production Association, working in collaboration with the Directors Guild of Canada, the Writers Guild of Canada and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists publicly launched an Electronic Petition to the House of Commons to voice its concern with the recent CRTC Group Licence Decision, which reduces the amount that Canada’s large broadcasters are required to spend on Programs of National Interest (PNI).

These organizations believe this decision will negatively affect independent production volume, lead to thousands of job losses, and reduce economic output by hundreds of millions of dollars across the country. Therefore, they are encouraging all individuals working in our industry to add their name to the petition, promote it through social media, and share it with colleagues, friends, and family, so that they too can sign the petition.

The petition is available in English here and in French here.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me or Marc Seguin at the CMPA: marc.seguin@cmpa.ca, 1-800-656-7440, ext. 323.

Business is Booming in Northern Ontario
Some recent releases have highlighted the continued success of the screen-based industries in Northern Ontario.

On May 30, the Motion Picture Association – Canada released a report outlining the economic impact the filming of the Universal Cable Productions series Eyewitness had in and around Parry Sound last year. Over several months of filming, the production spent nearly $30 million, created over 400 jobs, and engaged approximately 491 vendors.

Also in late May, Music and Film in Motion, a division of Cultural Industries Ontario North, released An Assessment of Northern Ontario’s Film & Television Production Infrastructure. Funded in part by the OMDC, the report outlines the growth of the industry over the past several years, and provides a snapshot of the existing infrastructure and other resources in Northern Ontario. The report notes that 2015 was the busiest year in history for the region, with 36 productions worth approximately $55 million shooting across Northern Ontario. The report also notes that the growth is expected to continue – as we can see with the great success of series such as Eyewitness, noted above, and Cardinal, which has recently begun production on its second season in North Bay.

Upcoming OMDC Deadlines
OMDC and the Norwegian International Film Festival have announced a call for projects for the Nordic Co-production and Finance Market. Successful projects will receive free accreditation and two hotel nights from the Festival, and OMDC will assist with additional travel costs. Applications should be submitted directly to the Market; for information on the OMDC assistance please contact them directly. The deadline for applications is June 20, 2017.

The OMDC IDM Fund provides support to IDM content creators for high quality, original interactive digital media content projects that make a positive contribution to the Ontario economy. The next deadline for the Production and Concept Definition programs in the fund is August 28, 2017 (by 5:00 pm).

The OMDC Film Fund, which provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects in the final stages of development and production financing, has its next deadline on October 10, 2017 (by 5:00 pm).

Still Coming Soon: Member Survey
As you will recall from the AGM (and as I have been promising all year), in 2017 we are planning to survey members on employment and other economic indicators, in order to support FilmOntario’s ongoing work in improving industry data that is being done in conjunction with the Minister’s Advisory Panel on Film and Television. Watch your inboxes this summer for this important survey – and please fill it out when you get it! We can’t complete this important project without your help. 

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