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November 12, 2018

November 12 FilmOntario Update

Update November 12, 2018

Breakfast at Queen’s Park


On Wednesday, October 31, the Motion Picture Association – Canada (MPA-C) and the FilmOntario Board were pleased to host an informational breakfast for MPPs at Queen’s Park.

In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, our guests, including Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Sylvia Jones, were greeted by costumes from the Saw movies and The Strain. The costumes were designed by Alex Kavanagh and Luis Sequiera and supplied by our friends at CAFTCAD.

Minister Jones gave brief remarks during the breakfast, as did MPP Jill Andrew, the NDP Critic for Culture. Later in the Legislature, with several FilmOntario members in the gallery, Minister Jones finished a question about the industry with the following: “we will continue to support the expansion of the film industry in Ontario”. This is good news for all of us, even as we continue to work with the government to demonstrate the financial impact of the screen-based sector in the province, and the importance of the film and television tax credits in maintaining and increasing that impact.

Don’t Forget – AGM November 21


A reminder that this year’s AGM is coming up quickly on Wednesday, November 21st at the Four Seasons Toronto. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the business meeting starting at 6:00 pm sharp. We will hear from our guest speaker, the Honourable Vic Fedeli, following the business portion of the meeting at 7:30 pm.

Full details can be found on the invite. Or, you can just go ahead and register with your full name and member organization here. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Welcome Minister Tibollo

Following a small Cabinet shuffle last week, Minister Jones has moved on to a new portfolio in Community Safety and Correctional Services. We would like to thank Minister Jones for the interest in and engagement with the industry she showed during her time as Minister.

The Honourable Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, is our new Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Prior to being elected to the Legislature this spring, Minister Tibollo worked as a lawyer for 30 years and has been an active member of his community. Among his accomplishments are the creation of the Festival of Light, celebrating cultural diversity in the City of Vaughan, and playing a key role in the creation of Italian Heritage Month in Canada.

I have had an introductory conversation with Minister Tibollo, who expressed a keen interest in learning more about all parts of the industry. We would like to congratulate the Minister on his new role and look forward to working with him.

Representative in Los Angeles

As you know, there is currently an opening for a representative in Los Angeles to promote Ontario’s screen-based industries. A Request for Bids (RFB) for a Marketing Vendor has been posted by Ontario Creates on the Ontario Tenders Portal, with a deadline of November 23, 2018.

If you are interested in seeing the full RFB, you must register through the portal. Questions about the RFB and the process must be directed to the procurement advisor, Amy Hung.

Canada and New Zealand Coproduction Incentive

The CMF has renewed its partnership with NZ On Air to encourage the coproduction of digital media content between Canadian and New Zealand creators. Click here to access the guidelines.

This year, the fund is open to projects with a target audience of children aged 12 and under, with a particular focus on children between 5 to 9 years old. The budget for the Canada – New Zealand Digital Media Fund is $800,000, with both organisations contributing an equal amount of funding.

The deadline to submit an application for funding under this program is January 17, 2019. All projects will be evaluated at the same time following the submission deadline.

Canadian Expat Summit at the Toronto Global Forum

For the second year, the Toronto Global Forum is hosting a Canadian Expat Summit from December 10 to 12 at the Fairmont Royal York. This year’s Summit is built around eight sector-specific business roundtables with 30 to 40 participants each. These moderated roundtables will serve as an opportunity for Expat Leaders to discuss their personal experience and share best practices for working in a global business environment. Participants will have the chance to ask questions in a conversation-style format on ways they can grow their business and pursue careers beyond Canada’s borders.

They will be holding a business roundtable focused on Doing Business in California for the media and creative industries on Wednesday, December 12 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Domestic companies who are export-ready or have an interest in investing in operations abroad are invited to participate in these roundtables. Participation in the roundtable would also provide special access to the rest of the activities over the three days of the Summit and the Toronto Global Forum. For more information on the Forum itself, you can visit: https://forum-americas.org/toronto/home/

 If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, or would like more information, please contact me directly.

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If there are any updates or announcements you would like to share with your fellow FilmOntario members, please don’t hesitate to let me know at clynch@filmontario.ca and I will include it in the next member update.

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