Film and television production industry in 2014

Québec, December 10, 2015 – The Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec of the Institut de la statistique du Québec released today the second volume of the 2015 edition of Statistiques sur l’industrie du film et de la production télévisuelle indépendante. This publication includes several analyzes based on administrative information regarding the production of Québec feature films, financing, classification, distribution and conservation activities.

Québec feature films
Based on the data of the Cinémathèque québécoise, in 2014, there were 115 feature films (61 minutes or longer) produced in Québec: 64 documentaries, 49 fiction films and 2 animated films. These feature films were intended for release in movie theatres, on television, or in parallel channels (festivals, DVD, Internet, niche markets). The average number of productions per year was 56 between 1990 and 1999, 90 between 2000 and 2009, and 109 between 2010 and 2014.

Funding for film and television productions
Based on the data of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, in the field of film and television, 543 projects have been funded with the financial support of the refundable tax credit for film and television production (crédit d’impôt remboursable pour la production cinématographique et télévisuelle québécoise), a number greater than the average of the last five years (480). With funding totalling $790 million (five-year average of $781 million), these projects were distributed across 44 feature films ($168 million), 200 documentaries ($123 million), 274 television productions ($475 million), 18 short films ($3 million) and 7 animated films ($21 million).

Classification and distribution of feature films
According to the data of the Régie du cinéma, the number of copies of films distributed in film establishments in 2014 (11,689 copies) was up 3% from 2013. On average, there were 13 copies per Québec film and 32 copies per American film. The number of feature films classified for private viewing (DVD) continued its downward trend since 2006 with 3,417 films in 2014, compared with 4,130 in 2013. Moreover, the number of attestations issued by the Régie du cinéma for the commercialization of films and television programs in video format has dropped for the fourth consecutive year, from 28 million in 2010 to 13 million in 2014.

These data were taken from the second volume of the 2015 edition of the publication Statistiques sur l’industrie du film et de la production télévisuelle indépendante, produced by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec. It supplements the first volume, which was published in June 2015 and dealt with movie theatre operating statistics.


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