Magazine article Screen International

Canada Granted Eurimages Membership

Magazine article Screen International

Canada Granted Eurimages Membership

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Canadian heritage minister forecasts rise in co-productions with Europe.

Canada has become the 38th country to join Eurimages and the first outside Europe to do so.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said on Wednesday the development would likely spur an increase in the level of co-productions with Europe.

She added that membership would "further position our country as a coproduction partner of choice and give Canada a competitive advantage on the world audiovisual stage."

Telefilm Canada urged local producers to submit projects in light of the country's admission to the European Council's coproduction fund.

Telefilm will represent Canada on the Eurimages - European Cinema Support Fund's board of management and ensure the country's annual contribution to Eurimages through the additional parliamentary allocation announced by Canadian Heritage in March 2016.

"Our participation in Eurimages is pushing the market boundaries for Canadian content," Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant said. "This historic agreement opens up new channels for distribution, new platforms for promotion and new partners for creation. …

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