The Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de Montréal (herein known as The Montréal Film and TV Commission (MFTC)) offer the following services to foreign producers considering the Montréal area for their next movie project.
Shooting locations and resources
Expeditious assembly of photo portfolios from a photo library numbering thousands of pictures of potential shooting locations in the Montréal area (with an emphasis on exteriors);
Supplementary photo taking of locations that are relevant to your script;
Personalized visits to potential locations and suppliers;
Information on all specialised services offered in Montréal;
Monitoring and troubleshooting for ongoing productions.
We can also put producers in touch with production companies, government agencies,
technicians, unions and guilds. Our team is also committed to helping local productions by offering unionized location managers and their assistants an online potential filming locations database.
Logistics and Permits
The “all-terrain” experience and extensive know-how of the MFTC’s Logistics team
translate into major benefits for both local and foreign productions, including thorough
and accurate assessments of shooting locations and alternate solutions to ensure the
successful execution of production activities in public areas.
The following are just some of the specific services offered by the Logistics team
All-encompassing logistical project coordination;
Acquisition of shooting and parking permits;
Access to municipal buildings, major parks and installations;
Loans of city equipment and furnishings;
Simplified fast track procedures for smaller productions;
Access to municipal resources;
Close collaboration between public and private sector parties;
Monitoring of the impact of shoots on residents, merchants and places of business.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your particular production requirements!
For its unique period and modern architecture reminiscent of cities from all around the world.
For its two fully equipped state-of-the-art studios and equipment providers. Constantly updated, the gear provided by both MELS and MTL Grande will satisfy the most discerning productions.
More than 1 000 000 square feet of studio backlot available
Crews and craftsmen
For its highly competent world class and bilingual crews and craftmen.
The Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) advises, represents and accompanies independent film, television and Web production corporations whose productions, both French and English, are recognized in Quebec and at the international level.
AQTIS 514 IATSE
The Alliance québécoise des techniciens et techniciennes de l'image et du son (AQTIS - Alliance of Image and Sound Technicians) represents some 6000 freelance professionals in more than 150 trades associated with the design, planning, set-up or creation of audiovisual productions. It represents, defends and promotes their interests in dealing with various stakeholders, provides them with a social safety net, and negotiates collective agreements that establish the working conditions to which they are entitled.
The Quebec Council of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC QC) represents more than 500 members working in occupations that cover a broad range of film and television production, both at the artistic and logistical levels.
For its culturally diverse actors speaking multiple languages and its vast pool of extras from 120 different cultural communities.
The UDA represents French speaking professional artists working out of Quebec and elsewhere in Canada as well as artists working in another language than French with the exception of productions done in English and destined mainly to an English speaking audience.
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media.
Over 30 VFX and animation companies are here to serve you. Montréal also is home to all the service providers you may need for your projects.
logistics and permits
The Logistics Department of the Montréal Film and Television Commission is
responsible for making public property in the City of Montréal available for film shooting.
In doing so, we must reconcile the demands of film production companies who are our
clients with those of residents, merchants and other users of public property. We must
ensure that these users are inconvenienced as little as possible by the filming activities
in their neighbourhood
List of sectors that are to be avoided (french only)
Code of conduct
Document to be handed to all crewmembers before filming begins.
Guidelines on Municipal Logistical Support for Feature Films and Televisual Shooting on Public Property. (Documents in French. English coming soon.)
Proof of Liability Insurance and Rider in Favour of the City of Montréal
Document confirming to the City of Montréal that the production company has an insurance policy covering civil liability on public property for a minimum of 2 million dollars and that the City is co-insured.
Memorandum of agreement
This document is intended to production companies specializing in short and feature films, movies of the week, documentaries, television series, general television, corporate videos, web projects (publicity, series).
Form for the use of companies specializing in advertisements or videoclips as well as photographers and audiovisual training institutions.
Application for a Permit to Occupy Public Property
Form to be submitted to the MFTC ten (10) working days before filming begins.
Application for Filming in a Park or Public Place
Application for an authorization to film in a city’s park or public place to be submitted at least five (5) working days before filming begins in the case of crews of up to ten (10) people and three (3) weeks ahead of filming for larger crews.
Notice to residents and merchants
Notice written by the production company (and approved by the MFTC) to be distributed, 48 hours before filming starts, to residents, merchants and organizations affected by the presence of the film crew.
Petition to residents/merchants
Letter written by the production company (and approved by the MFTC) requesting the written approval of residents, merchants and organizations affected by a street closure. The results of this petition must be submitted to the MFTC prior to the beginning of the shooting.
Written approval of merchants / residents
Document that must be returned to the MFTC showing results of petitioned residents, businesses and other organizations.
Towing - Forms and regulations (french only)
Procedure for the occupation of autopark by the audiovisual industry