Canada’s second-largest city, an industry hub since the forties, has seen a resurgence in recent years as a crop of small studios bring a wave of new activity to the city.
A year ago, the British animation and visual-effects company Cinesite launched a major new facility in Montreal, with the declared goal of making nine animated features over the next five years. Cinesite, which also bought Vancouver animator Nitrogen Studios in March, initially predicted it would have a Montreal staff of 500 by 2020, but now expects to reach that number by the end of this year.
Dave Rosenbaum (Chief Creative Officer): Years of preferential industry taxation have created a virtuous circle, he said, in which increased production draws more talent, which in turn attracts further production and increases local training opportunities for animators.
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