Québec, June 29, 2020. – In 2018–2019, the production value of Québec's audiovisual industry reached the $2 billion mark for the first time. This is a 7% increase from the previous year. This was revealed in Profil de l’industrie audiovisuelle au Québec en 2019 published today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Film and television production, Québec, 2014-2015 to 2018-2019
1. Québec share of the value of the budgets for productions that benefited from the refundable tax credit for film and television production services. This tax credit applies to Québec shoots of foreign productions and to technical services such as animation and special effects.
Sources: Société de développement des entreprises culturelles and Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
Compilation: Institut de la statistique du Québec, Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.
Production in the Québec audiovisual industry takes various forms: in-house production by broadcasters, independent television production, production for the cinema, production for the Web, participation in foreign production and sales of production services.
Independent television production holds an important place in the industry: in 2018–2019, its value stood at $679 million, down 9% from 2017–2018. Nevertheless, this value remains higher than the average value over the past five years ($669 million). The drop in 2018–2019 is attributable to independent television production in languages other than French, whose value declined after an exceptional increase in 2017–2018. As for the value of French-language production, it increased by 4% to $444 million, from $427 million in 2017–2018.
In 2018–2019, the value of film production was $173 million, up 19% from 2017–2018. The value of French-language fiction feature film production ($115 million) increased by 18%, while the value of other-language fiction feature film production ($40 million) increased by 26%.
For the third consecutive year, the segment combining participation in foreign production and production services has increased: its value reached $839 million in 2018–2019, which is 18% more than in 2017–2018.
Profile of the audiovisual industry in Québec in 2019
These data come from the publication Profil de l’industrie audiovisuelle au Québec en 2019, which was prepared thanks to the contribution of the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM), the Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS), the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma (SARTEC), the Table de concertation de l’industrie du cinéma et de la télévision de la Capitale-Nationale, and the Union des artistes (UDA).
The Profil de l’industrie audiovisuelle au Québec en 2019 reflects a dynamic industry. The COVID-19 crisis in 2020 will affect this industry and the Institut de la statistique du Québec, through the information it publishes, will contribute to demonstrating the impact.
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