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Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Italian Republic on Film Co-productions

Key points

Project irrespective of length, including animation and documentary productions, produced in any format, for exploitation in theatres, on television, videocassette, videodisc, CD-ROM or by any other form of distribution.

Bipartite:  20%
Multipartite:  20%


If the scenario or the subject of the film so requires, location shooting, exterior or interior, in a country not participating in the co-production may be authorized.

The producers, scriptwriters, directors and performers of co-productions, as well as technicians participating in the production, must be nationals of Canada or Italy, or permanent residents of Canada, or nationals of member States of the European Union.

Should the film so require, the participation of performers who are not citizens of one of the co-producing countries may be permitted, but only in exceptional circumstances, and subject to agreement between the competent authorities of both countries. However, foreign performers who are normally resident and employed in Canada or Italy may, in exceptional circumstances, take part in co- production as residents of one or the other of the said countries.

The minority co-producer shall be required to make an effective technical and creative contribution. In principle, the contribution of the minority co-producer in creative staff, technicians and actors shall be in proportion to his financial contribution and in any case his creative and technical contribution shall include at least one author, one technician, one performer in a leading role and one performer in a supporting role.

Departures of the provisions of the foregoing paragraph may be made jointly by the competent authorities of both countries, but a Canadian director or an Italian director shall be employed in any co-production.

Two versions shall be made of any co-produced film; such versions may be either in English and in Italian or in French and in Italian.



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 documents below) and with Telefilm Canada’s Audiovisual Coproduction guidelines.



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