Co-Production Updates

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Two items of note relating to the issue of international treaty co-productions which I believe indicate their re-emergence as a way of producing (especially in the current financial climate).

First, Telefilm Canada recently announced some changes to its Canada Feature Film Fund ("CFFF") guidelines - and one in particular should be welcomed by the producers in this country who participate in international treaty co-productions which access the CFFF.

Prior to these announced changes, a project which received CFFF funding did so by way of a recoupable equity investment. In exchange for making this recoupable equity investment, CFFF required that a portion of the copyright in the subject production be transferred to it. In the context of an all-Canadian production, this was generally not a problem as the participants (distributors, bonders and financiers) had a very good sense of who and what CFFF (and Telefilm) was and their role in the industry.

Please see full article below for further information.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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