Quebec is the French-speaking part of Canada and offers production and incentive support through the Québec Film and Television Council. The province has a highly qualified, talented and creative workforce. Québec’s diverse landscape and scenery make it possible to shoot films in a variety of settings: urban or pastoral, modern or historical, North American or European.
Quebec has hosted numerous high-profile film and TV productions in recent years including the X-Men movie franchise (X-Men: Dark Phoenix, X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past). The Oscar-winning alien contact movie Arrival also shot in the province, doubling Montreal and its surrounds for the American mid-West. Other projects have included Nine Lives, Quantico, The Patriot, The Art Of More, Ascension, Birdman, Helix, Being Human, White House Down, Life Of Pi and Red 2.
Permits to film in public areas, public buildings or on the road network are required throughout the province. Three regional film offices are in charge of most permits and licenses. They are:
Montreal Film and Television Commission
City of Quebec - Tourism Development and Major Events Office
Laurentians Film and Television Commission
Québec’s infrastructure and resources make it possible to produce large-scale studio productions that require 30,000+ square feet of green-screen sound stages. And with over 40 vfx companies, Montréal is one of the largest post-production hubs in the world.
Location support is provided by the Québec Film and Television Council, which has a large database of locations from across each of Québec’s 17 administrative regions. In addition to its photo library, QFTC can accompany producers for a few days to give them a better idea of what is available in the regions they are interested in. QFTC will plan an itinerary according to script requirements and take care of renting a vehicle for visiting locations.