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Canada and New Zealand sign new filming deal

CanadaCanada and New Zealand have signed a new co-production filming agreement to update and replace a deal dating from the late 1980s.

Nearly 30 different productions were made between the two countries under the last agreement.

Changes include allowing greater provision for third-party producers to become involved with co-productions, and providing more flexibility filling key creative roles for shoots.

“Projects co-produced under a treaty are given national status in both Canada and the partner country,” said Mélanie Joly, Canada’s minister for Canadian heritage. 

“This makes producers eligible for national benefits in their own countries, such as funding programmes or tax incentives.

“In the past 50 years, Canada has signed audiovisual co-production treaties with 54 countries. Over the past ten years alone, our country has produced 654 audiovisual treaty co-productions, whose production budgets total CA$4.8bn.

Toronto is one of the top production hubs in North America, while Vancouver is also popular partly because of its proximity to Los Angeles. 

New Zealand has co-production agreements in place with 17 different countries around the world.

For more on filming in New Zealand see our production guide.