Film Production in BC To top $2.6 Billion, setting a new record
According to Creative BC the latest numbers show motion picture productions are set to spend a record amount this year. With the low Canadian Dollar and provincial tax credits expenditures are estimated to top $2.6 billion.-the highest ever-a 35% increase from 2015-16.
This year 338 productions qualified for tax credits up from 297 last year. A report from The Motion Picture Association of Canada estimated that production on a single TV program, the CW’S superhero program ARROW, was worth more than $360 million to the BC Economy.
It’s been a great year and is only getting better!!!
Another New Studio For Calgary
The Film Industry Keeps On Growing. Jr Film Studio is open and located at 2607 10th Avenue NE, Calgary.
403 250 4906 or check out the web site www.jrfilmstudio.com
Martini Film Studios Have recently opened in Langley, B.C.
This new studio has 150,000 square feet over 8 stages with another 100,000 of support space. It has 24/7 Security with gated & fenced property. Plenty of onsite parking and very close to the 200th Street exit off Highway 1.
New Film Studio for Surrey
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner has recently announced California based Skydance Media is converting the former Pacific Press Building near the Surrey/Delta border to a 5 stage sound studio that can accommodate up to 400 production staff. This Fall the studio will produce programming for Netflix about a city of the future which is called Altered Carbon.
The anticipated opening of The new Calgary Film Centre has arrived. The opening is on May 2 with the Grand Opening May 19th. Check out our Facebook Page for more info.
We’ve posted some updates about the new Calgary Film Centre on our Facebook Page
Film studio to be built in Calgary’s Foothills Industrial Park
Calgary’s long-planned film studio now has a home in the city’s southeast industrial area. At the Banff World Media Festival Monday afternoon, Luke Azevedo, Commissioner for Film, Television and Creative Industries of Calgary Economic Development, announced the location of the $22.8-million facility. It will be built on 8.5 acres of land at 5750 76 Avenue S.E. It is scheduled to open in fall of 2015.
The facility, now called the Calgary Film Centre, will include 50,000 square feet of sound stages, 20,000 square feet of warehouse space and 15,000 square feet of office space.
The studio will be funded using $5-million by the province, $10-million from the City of Calgary, $6.8-million from Calgary Economic Development and $1-million from William F. White.
Calgary Economic Development has spent four years on the project, establishing a non-profit corporation to study and support the idea.
Capital Region Tax Credit
As Announced in today’s B.C. Budget the Capital Region District will now receive the Distant Location Tax Credit of 6% for Film and Television Production. This is an additional tax credit as to what is in place already. Very exciting news for The Film and T.V. Industry in the Capital Region.
New Film Studio for Calgary
Southern Alberta will soon have a new film studio. The purpose-built studio, to be developed by Calgary Economic Development (CED), will be southern Alberta’s first permanent sound stage.
CED was the successful proponent in a bid to receive up to $5 million in one-time funding from the Government of Alberta for the development of a film studio in the Calgary region. Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk made the announcement at an event on February 4.
- The new studio will be privately run, with no direct involvement from the Government of Alberta.
- Edmonton has a privately-owned, purpose-built studio that services northern Alberta. Southern Alberta currently does not – making it difficult to find suitable and affordable indoor filming space.
- The new studio will help attract and retain productions to the province as well provide training and employment opportunities for local crews and recent grads.
- Alberta’s film, television and digital media industry is environmentally-friendly, supports rural economic development, promotes tourism and brings diversity to Alberta’s economy.
- Over the last five years, film, television and digital media together were responsible for more than $400 million in economic activity in our province.
- Every dollar government invests through the Alberta Media Fund in the film, television and digital media industry results in $6 of economic activity in the province.
- In August 2013, government invited industry leaders to submit proposals for the development of the new studio. Proposals were evaluated by an expert advisory panel.