UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Agreement signed September 12, 1975 (entered into force on November 1975)
Exchange of letters dated July 9, 1985 (entered into force on January 1986)
Protocol amending the treaty signed in 1975 and amended in 1985, signed in July, 1991 (entered into force in September 1991)

Please take note that this summary is simply a reference tool and that you must comply with the complete terms of the applicable treaty(ies) (see link above) and with Telefilm Canada’s Audiovisual Coproduction guidelines

MEDIA
Film & Television.

MINIMUM PARTICIPATION
Bipartite: 20% – Annex Part 1 Article 5(a)
Multipartite: 20% – Annex Part 1 Article 5(a)

SHOOTING AND PERFORMERS – LAB WORK – VERSIONING
Annex Part 1 Article 6 (a) & (b)

  •                Co-production films shall be made, processed, post synchronized and mixed up to the creation of the first release print in the United Kingdom and/or Canada, and/or, where there is a third co-producer, in his country. All versions of the film may contain passages of dialogue in languages other than English and French if this is required by the script. The competent authorities shall have the power to approve location filming in a country other than the countries of the participating co-producers;
  •                The majority of the work of making a co-production film, including studio and location shooting, processing and dubbing on the sound track shall, subject to any departure from this rule which is approved by the competent authorities, be carried out in the country of the co-producer which has made the major financial contribution. The contributions of two or more co-producers from any one country shall be aggregated for this purpose.

Annex Part 1 Article 7 (a) & (b)

  • Individuals taking part in the making of a co-production film shall be nationals or residents of the United Kingdom, Canada, a Member State, or, where there is a third co-producer, citizens of his country. As an exception, nationals or residents of other countries may take part as leading performers in leading roles in a co-production film subject to the approval of the competent authorities;
  • Where the competent authorities have, under the provisions of Paragraph 6(a) of this Annex, approved location filming in a country other than that of the participating co-producers, nationals or residents of that country may be employed as additional employees whose services are necessary for the location work to be undertaken.

Annex Part 1 Article 9
Any music specially composed for a co-production film shall, subject to any departure from this rule which is approved by the competent authorities, be composed, directed and performed by nationals or residents of the United Kingdom, Canada, another Member State or, where there is a third coproducer, by citizens of his country.

Annex Part 1 Article 10
At least ninety per cent (90%) of the photographs included in a co-production film shall, subject to any departure from this rule which is approved by the competent authorities, be specially shot for that film.

COPRODUCTION AGREEMENT (ANNEX ARTICLE 11)
In accordance with the Film Co-production Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Northern Ireland, the contracts between the co-producers shall:
(a)     provide that a sufficient number of copies of the final protection and reproduction material used in the production be made for all the co-productions. Each co-producer shall be the owner of a copy of the protection and reproduction material and shall be entitled to use it to make the necessary reproductions. Moreover, each co-producer shall have access to the original production material in accordance with the conditions agreed upon between the co-producers;
(b)     make provision regarding the respective copyright entitlements of the co-producers;
(c)     set out the financial liability of each co-producer for the costs incurred:

  • in preparing a project which is refused conditional approval as a coproduction film by the competent authorities;
  • in making a film which has been given such conditional approval and fails to comply with the conditions of such approval; or
  • in making an approved co-production film, in respect of which permission for public exhibition is withheld in either the United Kingdom, Canada or the country of the third co-producer;

(d)     set out the arrangements regarding the division between the co-producers of the receipts from the exploitation of the film, including those from export markets;
(e)     specify the dates by which their respective contributions to the production of that film shall have been completed.

IMPORTANT: please also consult List of essential elements required in an audiovisual coproduction agreement