How National Content is Defined in Canada and Selected Countries

This study by research consultancy Communications MDR was funded in part by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and examined how national content is defined in different jurisdictions for the purpose of accessing public support for feature film and television productions.

The research report examines a total of ten international jurisdictions: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. In addition to support from the CMPA, the study received funding from the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada (Telefilm) and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

The contexts in which support measures have been developed around the world are unique to each jurisdiction, but there are points of comparison which were used for this study: nationality of the production company, cultural criteria (as established through the use of a cultural test), minimum spending requirements and other considerations such as distribution.

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