Montréal, Canada

There are many reasons to hop the border to the Canadian province of Québec: A liberal political climate, delicious French-Canadian cuisine and the yearly winter carnival for starters. But for moviemakers, the incentives are even greater, leading many Americans to take their cast and crew north, in particular to the city of Montréal.

Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Fountain.

The largest city in Québec, Montréal has a long history of supporting the arts, and offers a variety of benefits for moviemakers looking to shoot in the area. From assisting with location scouting to financial and tax support, the Montréal Film and TV Commission has ensured that its town is moviemaker—and movie lover—friendly. The city has played host to over 1,000 film and television projects, including Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming epic, The Fountain, which follows the romance of a star-crossed couple over the course of a millennium.

Some of both mainstream and indie film’s most successful flicks have called Montréal their home for some period of time, from the apocalyptic blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow (the city’s highest grossing film to date) to art-house classics like François Girard’s The Red Violin and Norman Jewison’s Agnes of God.

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