Upcoming Cineworks Workshop: Producing

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


As the only art form that really blends business and creativity, making a film takes a lot more than just picking up a camera and plugging in a microphone.  Often the most baffling questions a filmmaker faces have more to do with how to raise funds and how to handle the ensuing tax situations than anything you’ll encounter on set. This two-hour workshop with accountant Debbi Jo Mattias aims to answer as many of the questions you already have and the ones you haven’t come up with yet.  Topics covered will include:

1.       Accounting for businesses
2.       Common business deductions
3.       GST/HST issues
4.       Review of income tax for self-employed individuals
5.       Incorporation issues
6.       Review of income tax for corporations
7.       Review of financial statements for corporations
8.       Companies for film producers
9.       Production companies
10.   Tax credit programs
11.   Eligibility tests
12.   Process for getting your tax credits
13.   Financing
14.   Budgeting
15.   Estimating tax credits
16.   Issues that impact tax credits
a.       Multi-owned companies
b.      Assistance (crowdfunding, producer loans)
c.       BC residency
d.      Producer fee and corporate overhead thresholds
e.      Foreign producers

Abput the instructor:

Debbi-Jo Matias is a proactive Chartered Accountant. She works closely with clients in the film and television industry, from producers to actors, to address their personal and corporate tax accounting needs. She provides audit and review engagements, tax returns, tax credit advisory services and claims, and acts as a liaison with CRA auditors, BC Film, CAVCO and other regulatory organizations. She has presented on tax credits and film accounting matters on behalf of the Canadian Production Media Association – BC Producers’ Branch, and to entertainment lawyers and film students.  Debbi-Jo is a member of Women in Film and TV Vancouver.  Before starting her own practice, Debbi-Jo developed her expertise through a career which began in Vancouver and carried her to New York, Toronto and back to Vancouver working for international and regional accounting firms with clients in music, film and television and owner-managed businesses.

November 21 7-9pm

Cineworks members $25  non-members  $40  Please call 604 685 3841 to book, space is limited


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