The film and television production industry in 2016

Québec, December 13, 2017. – 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 2017 edition of Statistiques sur l’industrie du film et de la production télévisuelle indépendante. This publication includes several analyses based on administrative data on Québec feature film production, funding, classification, distribution, and conservation activities.

Québec feature films

According to data from the Cinémathèque québécoise, in 2016, 114 feature films (61 minutes or longer) were produced in Québec, namely 56 documentaries, 55  fiction films, 2 animated films, and one docufiction film. Feature films are intended to be shown in movie theatres, on television, or in alternative circuits (festivals, DVDs, Internet and niche markets). The average number of films produced per year stood at 56 between 1990 and 1999, at 90 between 2000 and 2009, and at 111 between 2010 and 2016.

Funding for film and television productions
According to data from the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), 550 film and television projects were funded with the support of the refundable tax credit for Québec film or television production in 2016-2017, more than the previous five-year average (500). Support for these projects totalled $835 million (five-year average of $787 million). They included 36 fiction feature films ($167 million), 230 documentaries ($144 million), 263 television productions ($481 million), 12 short films ($2 million), and 9 animated productions ($42 million).

Film classification and distribution

According to data from the Direction du classement des films et des services aux entreprises of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, film distributors’ gross revenues stood at $294 million in 2016, down 10% from 2015 ($326 million). DVD distribution revenues registered a particularly significant decrease (-12%). The number of feature films classified for private viewing (DVDs) continued its downward trend observed since 2006, declining from 2,704 films classified in 2015 to 2,186 in 2016. Similarly, the number of attestations issued by the Direction du classement des films et des services aux entreprises of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications for the marketing of films and television shows in video format was down for the sixth consecutive year: it dropped from 28 million attestations in 2010 to 9 million in 2016.

These data come from the second volume of the 2017 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 published in June 2017, which focused on movie theatre operating results.

 


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