New co-production treaty signed to open Canada to Filipino talents in film and animation

TORONTO — The Department of Trade and Industry Toronto hosted a forum to present the Philippine-Canada Co-Production Treaty, giving the Philippines an opportunity to promote its audiovisual services and IP assets, and build partnerships with Canada. 

The co-production agreement aims at contributing to the expansion of the film, television and video production and distribution industries of both countries.

“Since 1998, we have a co-production agreement with Canada and we hope to take advantage of that at simula lang po ito. We’ll be going around the different countries to promote the creative services sector…and let the world know how talented the Filipino is,” said undersecretary/Chief-of-Staff Rowel S. Barba.

“Our expectation is to encourage and enlarge this sector of our economy and to contribute further on better employment opportunities for our kababayans back in the Philippines,” said Consul General Orontes V. Castro, Philippine Consulate General of Toronto.

The highlight of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Toronto Film School’s Director of Education, Paula Shneer, and Film Development Council of the Philippines’ Chair, Liza Dino.

The partnership seeks to create multiple opportunities for artistic collaboration and teaching, including scholarships for Filipino filmmakers, actors and prospective students from other disciplines.

“Coming soon to the City of Pickering is the Durham Live entertainment complex. It’s gonna be 200 acres including film studios — and hopefully one day we’ll see them film in a co-production at Durham Live,” said Mark Guinto, Manager, Business Dev’t & Public Affairs, Office of the Mayor, City of Pickering.

“Right now I’m working on a feature-length film, a live-action piece called SOS, and we are working with Reality Entertainment in Manila on a co-production which we are planning to bring some cast and crew from Canada and shoot a hundred percent in the Philippines,” said Sidney Chiu, an independent film producer. “Thankfully, Philippines and Canada has a partnership like that and we can maximize our incentives from both countries and the creative talent pools from both countries to make these kinds of productions.”

From Toronto to Ottawa, the delegates of the Business Mission on audio-visual sector explored collaboration opportunities with Canada on both film and animation industries.

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