HERE’S WHAT WE LEARNED FROM 20 YEARS OF FILM SHOOTS IN MONTREAL

Montreal has played New York City, Berlin and Paris so many times, you could say that the most talented actor in the city is the city itself. CBC Montreal analyzed about 103,000 film permits to find out who is filming what, and where

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is one of many big budget movies to film in Montreal. (Paramount Pictures)

Montreal has played New York City, Berlin and Paris so many times, you could say that the most talented actor in the city is the city itself.

It’s eclectic architecture combined with provincial tax credits, and an abundance of production companies, lure local and foreign filmmakers alike.

In the past 20 years, more than 8,000 movies, television shows, advertisements and news reports have been shot in Montreal.

The appeal of the city for filming is twofold: Montreal can seamlessly transform into other North American and European cities, and provincial tax credits sweeten the deal.

Quebec offers a 20 per cent tax credit on all film production expenses, and up to 36 per cent for special effects and animation.

For Montreal, that translates to about $650 million a year generated from the cinema, television and after effects industries.

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