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July 10, 2018

July 9 FilmOntario Update

July 9, 2018

Jonathan Barker
All of us at FilmOntario were very sorry to hear that board member Jonathan Barker passed away on July 5, 2018. Jonathan was the CEO of SK Films and a world leader in 3D film production and distribution, specializing in IMAX / Giant Screen films. He produced many award-winning films over the years, including Flight of the Butterflies and Amazon Adventures. He also sat on many boards and advisory panels over the years, and his contribution to FilmOntario and the industry as a whole will be greatly missed.

There will be a public Celebration of Life event for Jonathan at later date, details of which will be made available on the SK Films website. FilmOntario sends our deepest condolences to Jonathan’s wife, Wendy MacKeigan, and the entire family.

Christa Dickenson Appointed Telefilm Canada Executive Director
FilmOntario would like to congratulate Christa Dickenson, currently President and CEO of Interactive Ontario, on her recent appointment as Executive Director at Telefilm Canada. Christa has worked as a marketing executive in the broadcast, technology, and telecommunications sectors for over 20 years. As well as attending the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Ms. Dickenson has a MFA, Film and Video Production from York University, is fully bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently.

We would like to thank Christa for the work she has done on behalf of the interactive digital media industry here in Ontario, and look forward to working with her in her new position.

OCASE Issues
As some you may know, over the past year CRA has been interpreting OCASE as assistance against all tax credits related to a production, whether or not the producer receives a benefit from the OCASE credit. FilmOntario and the CMPA have been supporting CASO in their efforts to resolve this issue.

Currently, CRA has agreed to investigate whether an OCASE credit obtained by a third party should be considered assistance by a producer. They have agreed that in most cases producers receiving the CPTC should not treat OCASE as assistance, and have paused their review of PSTC files until a determination is made on this issue. In the meantime, they have suggested that it would be helpful if VFX vendor contracts indicated that the contract price was net of any OCASE tax credit received (assuming that is the case), in order to make it clear that the OCASE benefit is accruing to the VFX house, not the producer.

FilmOntario and the CMPA will continue to support CASO in their efforts on this issue. You can read CASO’s full release here and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

New Creative Export Strategy
On June 26, Minister Joly announced a new federal creative export strategy. The strategy includes funding of $125 million over five years, to be divided between three pillars: boosting export funding in existing Canadian Heritage programs; increasing and strengthening the presence of Canadian creative industries abroad; and creating a new creative export funding program and building the relationships needed to make business deals. The Minister indicated that this plan will promote Canada’s economic growth, create well-paying jobs, and showcase Canadian talent throughout the world.

Upcoming Industry Deadlines and Consultations
July 18:
Community consultation on the Port Lands Flood Protection project, which includes moving the Don River and affects the area of the Port Lands to the west of the Don Roadway and south of the Keating Channel. Details of the consultation can be found on Facebook.

August 27: Deadline for OMDC’s Interactive Digital Media Fund: Concept Definition and Production, supporting early-stage activities that will assist in moving towards production, and support for the creation of market-ready projects.

November 13: Applications will be accepted from now until November 13 for the CMF/Northern Ireland Screen co-development incentive, which supports the development of digital media and television projects.

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