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April 18, 2019

April 18 FilmOntario Update

In Case You Missed It – 2019 Provincial Budget

Last week the government of Ontario released its 2019 Provincial Budget. At FilmOntario, we were pleased to see the government’s recognition of the economic importance of the film and television industry, and a renewed commitment to the film and television tax credits. We were also pleased to see that the government granted our request to establish a Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel.

We will continue to work with our government partners as more details from the measures outlined in the Budget are rolled out. If you missed the full Budget update, you can find it here. FilmOntario’s press release regarding the Budget is on the website.

Special iLunch offer for FilmOntario Members

On April 24, Interactive Ontario’s regular iLunch session will be held at TFO’s Virtual Universe Laboratory, an award-winning studio that brings together the latest software and technologies from the gaming industry with traditional broadcast production applications. The iLunch panel will explore the impetus and technology behind this innovative Ontario collaboration between gaming and TV production. More details about the iLunch can be found here.

FilmOntario members can take advantage of a special promotion offering 20% off the standard ticket price. Use the code IOBGTFriend when registering here.

Tax Credits Process Improvement Measures


Ontario Creates has announced some process improvement measures as part of their ongoing efforts to improve customer service and reduce tax credit queue times. As of April 1, 2019, all incoming applications will be reviewed by a Tax Credit Intake Officer for completeness, and incomplete applications will be kept out of the queue until such time as all required documentation is submitted.

Full details about these new measures can be found here.

Industry Announcements

 FilmOntario would like to welcome the following individuals to new roles in the screen-based industries:

The City of Toronto announced that Marguerite Pigott is the new Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries, beginning April 8. Many of you know Marguerite from her work with the CMPA since 2014 as Vice-President of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives.

Ontario Creates has welcomed a new Chair of their Board of Directors, Aaron Campbell. Aaron has an extensive background in communication and policy, including at the federal level at the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Prime Minister’s Office. He also spent some time working at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ontario Creates has also announced that Marc Fiorentino has recently joined the team as the Toronto/Ontario LA office marketing consultant. Marc is a Los Angeles native with experience as a feature film development and production executive at Hyde Park and Storyscape Entertainment. Marc can be reached by email at laoffice@ontariocreates.ca.

FilmOntario congratulates all the above on their exciting new roles, and we look forward to working together to continue to grow the film and television industries in Ontario.

Ontario Creates International Financing Forum


Applications are now being accepted for the fourteenth edition of the Ontario Creates International Financing Forum at TIFF. At the Forum, selected international and Canadian producers will be brought together with international sales agents, US distributors, equity financiers, agents and executive producers for brokered meetings and exclusive networking opportunities. Applications are due June 13, 2019.

A full set of eligibility requirements can be found here.

Work in Culture Creative Works Conference

Connect with aspiring and experienced artists and cultural workers and engage in conversations that explore trends to shape the future of creative work and the creative community on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the annual Creative Works Conference, put on by Work in Culture.

This year’s conference theme is engagement and will highlight three areas: equity and accessibility, inclusive programming, and partnership and collaboration. The opening keynote will be from Phyllis Yaffe, Canada’s Consul General in New York.

 A full conference schedule and registration details can be found here.

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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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