As one of the most sought after production centres in the world, British Columbia’s film and television industry is ideally positioned – economically, culturally and geographically – to facilitate a wide range of co-production projects. BC provides opportunities for foreign producers to build partnerships with local producers through federal and provincial programs.
Productions that qualify for co-production status can access several mechanisms that assist in financing, market expansion and artistic interchange. Under the terms of a co-production treaty entered into between BC and another Canadian province or another country, inter-provincial or international treaty co-production projects are eligible for various federal and provincial tax incentives.
BC offers a variety of production arrangements that encompass everything from a straightforward co-financing arrangement in which one partner provides partial funding while another undertakes the actual production, to more complex arrangements that involve joint creative control over projects. International Treaty and Inter-provincial Co-Productions enable the joint production companies to capitalize on funding and other location services available in both jurisdictions.
Canada has co-production treaties with 58 countries. The treaties set minimum standards for financial and creative participation and are administered by Telefilm Canada, www.telefilm.gc.ca.