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.
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