2015 October


Branch Council Update

In September, Margaret Mardirossian (CEO, Anaid Productions) was appointed as a member of the BC Branch Council after the resignation of Trevor Hodgson. Margaret comes to us with a wealth of Board and Government Relations experience as previous Chair of the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association (AMPIA). Welcome Margaret!

Call for Nominations – CMPA-BC Branch Council 2016

Reminder, the Call for Nominations for the 2016 CMPA-BC Branch Council was forwarded to all BC Members via Note to Members on October 15, 2015. If you are interested in running or nominating a CMPA-BC member for the 2016 Branch Council please click here and follow the instructions to complete the Nominations Form. Nominations will be excepted no later than noon on Friday October 30, 2015.



CMPA-BC continues to work with other stakeholders on this collaborative communications initiative established to celebrate and tell the story of British Columbia’s vibrant creative industries. The mission is to tell the stories about the individuals and companies propelling British Columbia’s economic and cultural future.  As well, we want BC Creates to be a central hub for facts that illustrate the reach and significance of our creative economy.  Check out the BC Creates website here: http://bccreates.com/ Advocacy CMPA-BC staff and Branch Council members continue to attend various MLA functions including most recently Liberal Jane Thornthwaite Event in September and the NDP Leader Levee with John Horgan in October.  CMPA-BC also participates in the BC Liberals Leadership Network that meets quarterly with the Premier and/or key Cabinet Ministers in attendance.


Your IR team concluded bargaining on a renewed 2015-2018 BCCFU Master Agreement in August. We were pleased to announce BC Council members ratified the terms of the agreement on September 10, 2015.  A rate increase of 2% went into effect on August 2, 2015.  Jennifer is busy drafting the long form but in the meantime you can access the executed MOA on the CMPA website to check on additional changes to the terms of agreement.    

The ACFC contract expires on March 31, 2016.  A call for proposals and volunteers to sit on the bargaining committee went out in early September.  We have not had much response to date and bargaining dates are coming up quickly. Please make sure to send us any proposals or requests for changes to the contract in the next couple of weeks.  We will confirm bargaining dates by the end of October.

Gigi and Jennifer attended the first week of ACTRA bargaining in Toronto from October 19-23.  We will be assisting the National IR team in strategizing the negotiations, taking a keen interest in the proposals around New Media as the outcome of these negotiations will have an impact on future bargaining with the UBCP.  We are in active negotiations at the moment so details are embargoed but we will report back once bargaining has concluded.

Gigi is participating as staff representation on the CMF Subcommittee with Marla Boltman of the National CMPA office.  We are charged with coming up with recommended changes to the CMF 2016-2017 Guidelines.  Any recommendations for changes will be first presented to the CMF parent committee and to the CMPA board.  Aided by facilitator Elizabeth Friesen, with the assistance of Susan Brinton as researcher and analyst, we are combing through the current guidelines looking to update and improve the terms of CMF participation in Canadian productions.  We will be able report out once the CMF parent committee and the CMPA Board approve the recommendations.

Export Development

CMPA-BC is fortunate to be able to access enhanced funding in support of export development initiatives over the next three years.  This comes as a result of Creative BC’s successful application to Western Economic Diversification of $1.2 M in funding for export across the creative industries.

Delegation to Australia (Date TBC  2016)
Liz and International Consultant Jan Miller will attend Screen Producers Australia’s annual conference Screen Forever taking place in Melbourne in November 2015. Meetings will be held with key Australian film/TV stakeholders in advance of our BC delegation to Sydney and Melbourne next fiscal year.

UK Factual Delegation (February 23-25, 2016)
In partnership with Pact and Creative BC, CMPA-BC will coordinate a trade delegation to London, UK for BC producers of factual content.  The program will mirror previous delegations by offering a “mini-market” environment for BC companies to meet with UK producers, distributors and broadcasters.  We will also invite Canadian broadcasters who commission factual entertainment. The intensive program will include B2B meetings, panel discussions and various networking opportunities including an industry reception at Canada House in Trafalgar Square.   The international staff at Pact will coordinate both on the ground logistics and selection of UK attendees. If you are interested in participating please click here and submit expression of interest.  NOTE DEADLINE: Friday October 30

Kidscreen Networking Lunch (February 9, 2016)
CMPA-BC will partner with the Youth Media Alliance (YMA) and Creative BC to coordinate a networking lunch at the Kidscreen Conference in Miami next year.  This builds on a successful effort in 2015 to showcase 11 BC Animation studios with numerous global buyers in attendance.  Members interested in participating should contact Jennifer who is project lead on this initiative.


Primetime in Ottawa (February 3-5, 2016)
The Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for Canada’s most prominent business leaders, decision-makers and policy experts in the television, film and digital media production industry. Early bird pricing (available until December 11, 2015) (Don’t have your discount code? Log in to access it here >>>) CMPA Member:  $1,000 + 13% HST = $1,130 Non-Member:    $1,100 + 13% HST = $1,243 Register now >>>


VIFF Industry Exchange (September 30+October 1, 2015)
CMPA-BC was pleased to partner with VIFF to present Canada’s only Online Digital Marketplace during VIFF Industry this year.  Over 20 online platforms including Awesomeness TV, Hearst Digital, Starz Digital, Stylehaul, Sid Lee, Red Bull, Fox Digital, Fullscreen, Yahoo, VICE, Youtube, Vimeo and Indieflix sent representatives who participated in B2B meetings, buyer briefings, and Ted style talks. Many thanks to CMPA members Brian Hamilton, J. Joly and Moyra Rodger for participating in our Advisory Committee.VIFF SignVIFF Exchange LizB2B VIFF Exchange

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS! Can you make a short film in 8 days? ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF #CRAZY8Sfilms16! Crazy8s wants to see your brilliant short film idea! Crazy8s is an 8 day filmmaking challenge that provides funding and support to emerging filmmakers to help them produce a short film. For further details and registration visit: http://www.crazy8s.cc/submissions/faqs-about-the-crazy8s-process

Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is calling for applications for the 2nd#FromOurDarkSide Genre Concept Competition, a national English-language contest seeking the best in Canadian women-driven genre film ideas. Women writers from coast to coast can submit a max. 5-page genre film concept – be it thriller, horror, fantasy, sci-fi or a combination thereof until November 16th. For further information, visit http://www.womeninfilm.ca/National_Genre_Concept_Competition.html

Whistler Film Festival (December 2-6, 2015)
2015 marks the 15th anniversary of ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ and ‘Whistler’s Best Arts & Cultural Event’. Featuring over 80 innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people who made them, this year’s five day Whistler Film Festival will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, honoured guests, lively celebrations, and unique industry initiatives.

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Realscreen Summit  (January 31, 2016)
The Realscreen Summit is the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment, and a must attend event for content creators, distributors, agents, commissioners and multi-platform broadcasters of unscripted and factual entertainment programming. CMPA members can take advantage of the special discount rate of $1299 (full rate $1750).