Export assistance program

This program supports foreign companies acquiring Canadian films, with the objective of increasing the visibility of Canadian talent and productions internationally.

The program is a new pilot program for fiscal 2016-2017, with the potential to develop in the years ahead depending on the initial results of the experiment.

Who can apply

Foreign distribution companies that have acquired the rights to one or more Canadian productions for fiscal 2016-2017. Here are the pre-selected productions:

  • 1:54
  • Below Her Mouth
  • Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes
  • Incursion
  • King Dave
  • Le bruit des arbres
  • Les mauvaises herbes
  • Le pacte des anges
  • The Amina Profile
  • Nelly
  • Radius
  • The Other Half
  • Weirdos
  • Window Horses

Foreign distribution companies must operate in one of the following eligible territories:

  • “A” territories: France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States
  • “B” territories: Argentina, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland

Overview of the program

  • For fiscal 2016-2017, 13 qualified projects have been pre-selected for the pilot project, and we have already contacted the rightsholders
  • Financial support is provided for theatrical screenings of these qualified projects in the distributors’ respective territories
  • The combined maximum assistance per film is $45,000

Overview of the eligibility requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a company that specializes in distribution (sales agents excluded)
  • must have acquired the rights to one of the pre-selected qualified project in one or more of the eligible territories
  • must have developed a marketing plan for a qualified project in one or more of the eligible territories
  • agree to a theatrical release of the qualified project in one or more of the eligible territories
  • have the necessary expertise to successfully carry out the marketing plan

Program applications must be submitted online.

Contact persons

Atlantic region

Vanessa Manco

Toll free : 1-800-663-7771


Isabelle Picard

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Carmela Sciortino

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Ontario and Nunavut

Vanessa Manco

Toll free : 1-800-463-4607

Western region

Deb Patz

Toll free : 1-800-663-7771