Submit a coproduction recommendation application
Coproductions are joint film and television productions that are shared between Canadian and foreign coproducers in accordance with audiovisual coproduction treaties signed between partnering countries.
We evaluate and recommend projects likely to be recognized by the Department of Canadian Heritage as audiovisual treaty coproductions.
Who can apply
Any Canadian-controlled production company that has signed a coproduction agreement with a foreign producer from a country that has signed an audiovisual coproduction treaty with Canada.
- Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria can submit a recommendation application at any time
- Applicants must first submit a preliminary recommendation application 30 days before shooting of the coproduction. Please contact us if you are unable to meet this timeframe.
Overview of eligibility criteria
Projects submitted must meet the following criteria (subject to the provisions of each treaty):
- coproduction produced jointly with an eligible producer in a country that has signed an audiovisual coproduction treaty with Canada
- Canada and the coproducing country must provide a minimum financial contribution of 15% to 30%, as per the terms of the applicable treaty
- financial, creative and technical contribution, and the level of expenditure must all be in proportion
- for example, if the project is 40% Canadian, it is expected that 40% of the budget be spent in Canada
- all personnel hired to work on an official coproduction must come from the coproducing countries
- production and post-production of the project must be carried out in coproducing countries
- subject to the approval of administrative authorities, most of the treaties allow for non-coproducing country actor(s) and foreign location shooting when the script so requires
For more information, please consult the applicable treaty, the Guidelines, and the FAQs.
- Certain provisions are required in a coproduction agreement. Before submitting your application please consult the comprehensive list in the Tools section in the International Treaties area relevant to the country you are coproducing with (NB: these requirements vary per treaty country). If any required clauses are missing you may have to do an amendment in order to receive a preliminary recommendation.
NOTICE TO CLIENTS
As of December 11, 2021
Following the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020, any clients who have, or wish to, submit a coproduction for recommendation with EU and UK participants, are asked to read the following clarification.
As of April 1, 2019
- eTelefilm will no longer be accessible.
- All coproduction projects will be administered via Dialogue only.
February 21 to March 4, 2019: Migration of eTelefilms files in Dialogue
- IMPORTANT: During this period, your files will not be available.
- Preliminary and Final Recommendations initiated in eTelefilm will be migrated to Dialogue, our new online platform.
Program applications must be submitted online.
Please ensure you use the latest versions of all required documents and download from the Resources section below.