Motion Picture

B.C. has every competitive advantage to ensure cost-effective production. As Canada's largest and North America's third-largest centre for motion picture production in North America, British Columbia is proud of its international reputation and proven track record for providing exceptional value for the producer’s dollar.

With a full spectrum of world-class talent, services and facilities from pre-production to post-production,  clients return to  B.C. to complete their projects on time and on budget.  

Although BC has a long history of servicing foreign production, local producers are increasing their expertise and developing partnerships across the globe. B.C. production companies have extensive production credits demonstrating high quality production work across a diverse range of projects. B.C. producers are nurturing diverse production relationships, encompassing everything from straightforward co-financing arrangements, in which one partner provides partial investment while the other undertakes the actual production, to more complex arrangements that involve joint creative control over projects through co-production agreements.

Offering close proximity and sharing the same time zone as Los Angeles,  experienced creative and technical talent, partnerships with B.C. producers, world class infrastructure (studios, suppliers, data pipelines) and award winning expertise in digital animation, VFX and post-production, B.C. is truly a full service production centre.  Offering a World of Looks with a diversity of locations found nowhere else in Canada, and highly competitive Provincial and Federal tax credits, British Columbia is home to hundreds of film and television projects each year.

Read the most recent industry insights in our annual Impact Reports.

 

INDUSTRY IMPACT IN B.C.

According to Creative BC’s most recent Impact Report, British Columbia continues to be the largest motion picture hub in Canada (third largest in North America). The new Creative Industries Economic Results Assessment (CIERA), designed by Creative BC for government and industry, is a milestone that marks the move away from measuring total industry spending toward using Total GDP as the key economic indicator for this sector. 
  • CIERA shows that $2.41B Total GDP in value was added to B.C.’s economy in the year 2019 by the motion picture industry, which saw a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.4% between 2010 and 2018.
    • Based on Statistics Canada’s most recent data for 2018, and statisticians’ expert estimates for one additional year to 2019, CIERA’s Total GDP indicator is validated and includes direct, indirect and induced contributions to B.C.’s economy. Importantly, GDP measures only worker pay and profits resulting from industry’s activities, whereas previously “total production spending” had been the measure, similar to Output, and figures included industry spending on supplies and services in addition to worker pay and profits. 
  • CIERA also offers Output indicators that do include insights to industry spending on supplies and services, showing $3.14B Direct Output for the same year.
  • CIERA figures exclude, or are “net” of, any government subsidies received by the industry.
While the industry is largely comprised of gig or freelance workers, and this type of work remains difficult for government and industry to measure:
  • sound collective industry insights show between 60,000 and 70,000 British Columbians “workers” in the industry, including CMPA's Profile Report;
  • CIERA’s data indicates 35,332 Total Full Time Equivalent Jobs when traditional approaches to “hours worked” are used as a measure.  The Compound Annual Growth Rate of this Total Jobs figure between 2010 and 2018 is 11.8%.

RECENT FEATURE FILM PROJECTS: Deadpool, War for the Planet of the Apes, Tomorrowland, Godzilla, Seventh Son, Elysium, Superman: Man of Steel, Mission Impossible 4, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, 2012, The Grey, Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, and Tron: Legacy. 

RECENT TV SERIES PROJECTS: Once Upon a Time, The Flash, Supernatural, Continuum, Motive, Bates Motel, Arrow, Falling Skies, The Killing, The Tomorrow People and Wayward Pines.