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Canada – Quebec

Quebec Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Quebec? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Quebec

For an introduction to shooting in Quebec see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Quebec Film Locations

Canada’s largest province, Quebec is best known for its distinctively French culture and architecture. Outside of the cities, the landscape along the St Lawrence river is hilly and pastoral, with barren mountains in the north, and thousands of miles of Atlantic and Hudson Bay coastline. The province has over 100,000 lakes and many picturesque villages.

Agricultural locations of interest include corn fields, dairy, cranberry and apple farms. Quebec is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup. Industrial film locations include hydroelectric dams, pulp mills, as well as iron, zinc, and gold mines.

Quebec has hosted a long list of productions including X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), Mother! (2017), Arrival (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Life of Pi (2012), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Blades of Glory (2007), The Aviator (2004), and Catch Me If You Can (2002), to name a few.

Montreal is Quebec’s largest city and main film production centre. Film locations include French colonial architecture, unique contemporary structures, modern office towers, several interesting neighborhoods, sporting venues, city parks, and impressive museums. Underneath the city you can find a vast network of walkways, stores and the metro system. Montreal has been used by productions to double for cities such as Paris, Berlin, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Baltimore. Mount Royal Park offers views of city skyline. Other parks of note include Montreal Botanical Garden, Maisonneuve Park, Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park, Centre de la Nature, Angrignon Park, Visitation Nature Park, Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park, and Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park. Period architecture locations include Old Town, Montreal City Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Redpath Museum, Notre-Dame Basilica, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, and Saint Joseph’s Oratory. The Insectarium of Montreal is an interesting location. La Ronde is an amusement park. The Montreal Biodôme and Stade Olympique are 1976 Olympic Games venue. The The Montreal Casino has an interesting design. Habitat 67 is a unique building constructed for Expo 67. Gibeau Orange Julep is an unusual roadside restaurant also available for filming. Canada Malting Silos are a popular abandoned industrial film location.

Quebec City is the provincial capital. Its cobblestoned streets and old French architecture easily double for a small French village. Film locations of note include the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Place D’Armes, La Citadelle, Parliament Building, Place Royale, Museum of Civilization, Notre-Dame de Québec, Séminaire De Québec, and Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. For around 4 months each winter, just outside of Quebec City, Hôtel de Glace is a hotel made entirely from ice. Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and Montmorency Falls are located just outside of the city.

The abandoned Dorea Institute would make for a great horror movie location.

The Daniel-Johnson Dam is a beautifully designed multiple-arch buttress dam. The reservoir surrounds the impressive Manicouagan Crater, which was created by a meteorite impact.

National Parks of note include Fjord-du-Saguenay National Park, Gaspésie National Park, Grands-Jardins National Park, Bic National Park, Forillon National Park, Jacques-Cartier National Park, La Mauricie National Park, Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park, Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park, and Mont-Tremblant National Park.

The spectacular Pingualuit Crater Lake can be found in far northern Quebec.

The remote Magdalen Islands have a long history of shipwrecks.

Quebec Film Location Permits

Quebec film location permits are required for filming on public property. There are three regional film offices in charge of permits and licenses. Regions not covered by these offices require consultation and permission from relevant local authorities. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot? 

Quebec has a typical four-season climate. Winters (November to April) are very long, cold and snowy, particularly the farther north you go. February to April is when maple syrup is made. Spring (April to May) brings flowers and warm weather. Summers (June to September) can get very hot and humid. Fall (October to November) brings colorful leaves.

Quebec is home to a long list of festivals and events including the:

• Québec Winter Carnival in February
• Canadian F1 Grand Prix in June
• Montreal International Jazz Festival in June / July
• Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in July

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Canada.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Quebec Tax Incentives For Filming

Quebec offers 20% cash-back on all in-province expenses. A 16% tax credit enhancement is added on productions utilising local post production.

Quebec Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Montreal is the gateway to filming in Quebec, the Maritimes, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Montreal has world renowned, experienced creative and technical crews that specialize in servicing a broad spectrum of productions from Hollywood feature films to commercial stills. Montreal offers both Panavision and Arri equipment as well as several boutique equipment companies.

Contact us if you are looking for a Montreal or Quebec City based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Quebec.

Talent. The predominately French speaking province’s population is predominately Caucasian, Afro-Canadian, and Asian. The 10 Quebec First Nations groups include the Abénakis, Algonquins, Atikamekw, Cree, Malecites, Huron-Wendat, Innu, Micmac, Mowhawks, and Naskapis. Montreal is home to a good pool of multicultural French and English fluent talent. Additional talent can be cast in Toronto or abroad. Film characters synonymous with Quebec include hockey players, ice fisherman, maple syrup farmers, and Montreal’s cigarette smoking artist types.

Quebec Film Equipment

Equipment. Montreal has all of the standard camera, lighting and grip equipment and some more specialised equipment. Additional gear can be easily brought in from Toronto.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Quebec Studios & Post Production

Studios. Quebec has several state of the art studio facilities.

Post Production. Quebec has over 40 visual effects companies.

Visas & Work Permits

Previously the rules were very strict with all visiting crew required to have work permits that were very time consuming and expensive to get. The good news is now commercial advertising shoots are exempt from the work permit process on the condition the project is foreign funded. See here for more information.

For crew members who will be entering to oversee the project, Western passport holders are able to enter Canada visa-free with an eTA for a period of up to six months. This excludes US nationals arriving directly from the US, who are exempt from the eTA requirement.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Canada has an extensive road network, particularly in the more populated south of the country. Several domestic airlines and charter services are available to access more remote areas. Major Canadian cities are serviced by most international carriers.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay and other areas of Quebec.

Final Notes

Safety. Quebec is a very safe and reliable place to film. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Montreal has an impressive arts scene, great restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Try the poutine and local beer.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Quebec, please see below:

Hire Quebec Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Quebec, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Quebec, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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