Montreal Film Production

The romantic city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada is considered a leading North American location for film production opportunities.

The French-speaking city's Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de Montreal "was created in 1979, with a specific mandate to coordinate all logistical aspects of film and television shoots on its territory and promote it to foreign producers as the best location, production, and post-production center."

Film industry activity came to there more than 60 years ago. Then, the National Film Board of Canada moved its headquarters during the 1950s. The NFB has since been awarded 12 Oscars plus an honorary Oscarin 1989 during the 61st Annual Academy Awards to honor the cutting-edge Board's 50th anniversary.

Also headquartered in there is a Crown corporation reporting to Parliament through the Department of Canadian Heritage called Telefilm Canada.

Telefilm "acts as one of the Canadian government's principal instruments for providing strategic leverage to the private sector, supplying the film, television and new media industries with financial and strategic support. Telefilm's role is to foster the production of films, television programs and cultural products that reflect Canadian society."

Over $1.3 billion annually is spent in Montreal on film production activities. The city houses over 500 companies and 35,000 steady jobs in filmmaking, marketing, and distribution.

The Institut National de L’image et Du Son (INIS), Université de Montréal, UQAM, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia, and Saint-Laurent CEGEP are among the city's universities that offer leading movie and television production education.

ChicArt Productions, Running Hooks Pictures, CMJ Productions II Inc, and Sexy/Mysterious Pictures are a few of the production studios that are housed in or film there. Animators, content developers, writers, production live sound mixers, cameramen, production assistants, assistant directors, art directors, and others can find work by knocking on the right doors in the city.

If you want to rub elbows with film industry big shots and stars, you might try Holder restaurant. This masculine, high-ceilinged bistro featuring a gigantic mahogany bar often plays host to movie stars who are shooting film in the vicinity as well as business lunches where one might find screenwriters, producers, or directors. Le Piment Rouge, located in the former Windsor Hotel and serving up delicious Szechuan dishes, also sometimes seats a film director or screen star.

This is a mystical and enchanting place that can give you the chance to brush up on your French, and brush up against film industry insiders.

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