“The benefits of strong copyright law extend from artists, directors, grips and makeup artists to the consumer who will ultimately be afforded more choice in film if quality movies are able to recover their investments. Filmmakers around the world depend on copyright laws to protect their works and allow them to create movies that will entertain millions around the globe. Like any other industry, we cannot endure the theft of our works and still provide what consumers want; good, quality movies. Canada must have updated copyright laws in line with other countries around the world in order for creators to be protected in the face of widespread piracy over the Internet”
– Norman Jewison, Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient, Academy Award ® Nominated Filmmaker, and Founder of the Canadian Film Centre
Promoting Creative Arts
When the film industry succeeds, everyone benefits. It allows movie studios to take a chance on the more risky movies, the emerging screenwriters, and the unknown actors. It enables them to bring big budget productions to cities around the world, pour money into local economies and create good jobs in our communities. In 2016-17 alone, the total volume of film and television production in this country was $8.38 billion and, in turn, generated over 171,700 full-time equivalent jobs. The impact is clear: more jobs, more entertainment choices, and more opportunities for the creative professions.
The ability of the motion picture and television industry to continue to deliver content to consumers in new and innovative ways is dependent upon our ability to protect our content. We believe in protecting the rights of the creative artists who write, direct, produce and star in the entertainment that billions of people across the globe have come to enjoy. To that end, we support new technologies and innovative approaches that create greater consumer choice for how, when and where content can be accessed legally at a variety of price points consumers want.
The Reel Challenge
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) proudly announces the winners of the 5th edition of The REEL Challenge Short Film Contest, this year’s theme, Movies Matter – The Big Picture, inspired filmmakers from across the country to showcase the important economic contribution that the film and television production industry in Canada makes, not to mention the personal impact movies have on Canadians. This year’s theme, Movies Matter – The Big Picture, was an opportunity for filmmakers to produce a compelling short film that showcases the important contribution of the film and television production industry to Canada’s economy ($8.38 billion in 2016/17) and the 171,700 Canadians who play an integral part in taking a movie or television show from a simple idea to your living room or local theatre.
This year’s contest awarded prizes of $10,000 for the first place winner and a $5,000 second place prize.
FIRST PLACE WINNER
- Directed by: Christian Macklam
- Written by: Christian Macklam
- Produced by: David Tang, Christian Macklam, Gavin Templer
- Edited by: Christian Macklam
- Cast: Iain Belcher, Mellisa Morgan
SECOND PLACE WINNER
- Directed by: Paul Leli
- Written by: Paul Leli
- Produced by: Paul Leli / Rob Sgrignoli
- Edited by: Rob Sgrignoli
- 2013 WINNERS
BEST COMEDIC SHORT – James Cadelli of Enbrun, ON, for his original short film, “HANDS”
BEST ANIMATED SHORT – Maja Zonjic of Mississauga, ON, for her original short film, “PRESERVE”
To learn more about The REEL Challenge, visit www.thereelchallenge.ca.
Content Protection Operations
The Motion Picture Association – Canada’s Content Protection Operations is staffed by a team of dedicated and highly skilled individuals who work with Crown counsel, law enforcement and community partners to combat illegal reproduction, distribution and sale of films and television programs in Canada.
The Content Protection Operations office investigates complaints of content theft on behalf of our Members and their affiliates and co-operates with law enforcement agencies (such as the RCMP, municipal, regional and provincial police services and Crown prosecutors throughout Canada).
On behalf of its Members and other interested parties, the Motion Picture Association – Canada investigates piracy – specifically targeting the following activities:
- The manufacturing, distribution or sale of counterfeit DVDs;
- The use of the Internet to pirate motion pictures and television programs; and
- The illegal recording of motion pictures in theatres.
Report Piracy Online
Piracy affects us all. If you have information about the illegal production, distribution or sale of movies and television programs, please complete the on-line form below, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 1-800-363-9166.
The Motion Picture Association – Canada takes all received information very seriously and will investigate actions which appear to be illegal. The Motion Picture Association – Canada values your input and will strive to protect your privacy and keep any personal information provided to us strictly confidential.
If you suspect that you may be the target of fraud and you would like to file an official report, please contact the RCMP’s Anti-Fraud Centre:
TIPS TO HELP IDENTIFY COUNTERFEIT GOODS
- If you are offered the product from a street vendor or at a flea market, chances are you are being offered an illegal copy.
- If the price appears “too good to be true” (e.g. free or eight for $20), chances are you are being offered an illegal copy.
- If you are being offered a copy of a film that is still running in theatres, you are most likely being offered an illegal copy.
- If the packaging appears faulty (e.g. unprofessional appearance and design, typographic errors, inaccurate titles and credits) chances are, you are being offered an illegal copy.
- If you are being offered a DVD with more than one movie on a single disc you are likely being offered an illegal copy.
- If the disc and inlay card are packaged in a polythene wallet with no hard case you are likely being offered an illegal copy.
- If you are required to pay cash and not offered a receipt, chances are you are being offered an illegal copy from a vendor that is not registered to operate a business in Canada and who is not remitting federal or provincial sales taxes.