New Ireland-Canada Co-production Treaty comes into force
by Naman Ramachandran
- The improved treaty replaces the 1989 agreement between the two countries
A new Audiovisual Co-production Treaty between Ireland and Canada has come into force, replacing the 1989 Co-production Treaty. The new treaty will continue to enable audiovisual works to be recognised as both Irish and Canadian, and will allow filmmakers to access financial support and benefits in each territory. It also introduces changes to the minimum levels of financial contributions from each co-production partner and the levels of creative contributions required from each territory.
Irish Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said, “This updated Co-production Treaty is another positive step forward for the Irish film and TV sector. Co-production is increasingly becoming the norm, and treaties such as this one are very important for enabling international film productions. Ireland and Canada already have a strong co-production tradition, with over 30 feature films and TV dramas produced in the last ten years under the 1989 treaty. I hope this new updated treaty will lead to even more co-productions for our audiovisual sector.”
James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board (IFB), said, “Ireland has a very valuable and strong film and TV co-production relationship with Canada. When the new treaty comes into effect, it will provide opportunities for even greater levels of cooperation between the two countries. The signing of the new treaty is very timely. The Academy Award-nominated films Brooklyn [+see also:
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film profile], which were supported by the IFB and Telefilm Canada, were co-produced under the new treaty’s predecessor. Also, the new, up-and-coming animated film The Breadwinner from the Academy Award-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon is being co-produced with Canada. We now look forward to continuing to strengthen these relationships into the future under the new treaty.”