Quebec’s Visual Effects Sector Continues its Rapid Growth

The QFTC released the 2016 economic indicators for Quebec’s visual effects sector at its general meeting. With an estimated $278 million in contracts for over 187 local and foreign projects, the industry has steadily expanded since 2009, posting an impressive annual growth rate of 27%.

Quebec studios have crafted over 21,634 VFX shots for a number of large-scale film productions, including Star Wars: Rogue One, Arrival and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, as well as Versailles and American Gods, produced for television.

Counting nearly 40 companies and more than 3,000 industry professionals, Quebec has sealed its status as a world-renowned hub of skill and creativity.

“Quebec has established itself as a key player in the VFX industry,” said Émilie Dussault, General Manager at MPC Film. “Our new challenge is to make sure we have enough qualified artists to keep growing.”

The QFTC, which works closely with VFX companies, has racked up the following achievements in 2016 (to name a few):

  • Publication of an assessment of labour needs, in association with the Conseil emploi metropole;
  • Production of a promotional video, with the financial support of the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation;
  • A trade mission to Los Angeles;
  • A series of meetings and visits with foreign producers, organized as part of a fam tour;
  • A renewed partnership with the effects MTL conference;
  • The promotion of studios and career opportunities through the VFX-Montréal platform.

The QFTC intends to keep addressing industry challenges by maintaining its role as a driving, unifying force for companies, academic institutions, and public and private partners.

Consult the QFTC’s annual report for a full list of its 2016–2017 activities.

Photo credits : Versailles, Season 2 – Production : Incendo – VFX : MELS

About the QFTC

The Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) is a non-profit organization that contributes to the development and competitiveness of Quebec as a world-class multi-screen production centre. As an economic development agency, its mission is to generate investment in Quebec by relying on competitive tax incentive programs, the expertise of industry members, architectural diversity, the quality of infrastructure and the industry’s ability to export its products to foreign markets.

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