Anything Goes : Who Said Americans Are Denied Work in Canadian Film Productions? by Andrew Heard

Andrew Heard

Who Said Americans Are Denied Work in Canadian Film Productions?

Who Said Americans Are Denied Work in Canadian Film Productions?
Who Said Americans Are Denied Work in Canadian Film Productions?
A big difference between casting in American and Canadian productions is this: when a Hollywood production casts a Canadian it's in spite of the fact that the actor is Canadian. Yet often when Canadia…
Matthew Skala

Crew is another story, what about us?

Andrew Heard

I don't know about that. :)

Doug Nelson

I often see requests for scripts from Canadian production companies that require that the writer be Canadian (check InkTip). I’ve also been told by a French producer that I could sell/give him my script but he would need to be credited as the writer to secure funding under the EIS program. I’m pretty sure this all has to do with various funding issues and nothing to do whatsoever with any discrimination.

Dan Goforth

I've done work for a Canadian director putting together a package, only to have the script fall through because the money required a Canadian writer. Thankfully, I retained the screenplay rights.

Steve Warren

The double-whammy of being non-union and non-Canadian has kept me from returning to follow up my lead role in the independently-made Canadian horror film "Scarce," but I'll be eternally grateful for having had that opportunity; and if Atom Egoyan or Sarah Polley calls, I'll walk to Canada (from Florida) to work for them!

Brian Black

Canada's subsidy policies certainly have a protectionist bent. I had an experience with one international co-production with Canada. In order to get Telefilm Canada funding, the cast and crew have to be Canadian, the country or countries Canada has signed the co-pro with and/or an EU country. There are two exemptions: one lead acting role and one cameo acting role. It's not the just the film biz. Canadian radio station playlists have to contain a minimum of one-third Canadian artists. There are also federal subsidies for music companies.

Trista Godfrey

When productions are looking to get subsidized in Canada by the Government, of course they are going to want to have Canadians given more priority over imported actors/crew. But when a production is using private funding and not wanting to get subsidized or tax breaks - they can use who ever they want.

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