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Creative BC is seeking preliminary feedback regarding the development of its Indigenous Fund for filmmakers, supported by Rogers Group of Funds. The purpose of this survey is to determine (a) whether the new program should be available to emerging filmmakers...
Submissions for 2022 are open! Selections will take place in September. DOC NYC’s Industry Roundtables program–formerly known as Only In New York–facilitates face-to-face meetings between leading industry decision-makers and filmmakers with works-in-progress. This...
Eight students are the first to graduate from a new Vancouver Island program that helps give Indigenous students the skills they need to enter the booming film and TV industry. The students graduated from the inaugural year of the "Indigenous Production Assistant"...
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 B.C. 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.
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- 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 industrys 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.
- 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.
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British Columbia is an international force in animation. Millions of people across the world are avid fans of popular animated series that are conceived, developed and produced in British Columbia. Merging technology and imagination, B.C.’s designers, writers, animators and directors transform an infinite variety of visualizations into art forms that showcase a global competence in innovative digital and creative content. Recognized by many prestigious awards and nominations, B.C.’s animation companies are breaking out some of the most prolific productions of computer animation for television and direct-to-video, long-form CGI for feature films, commercials and interactive entertainment.
Commercial production is a busy segment of B.C.’s production industry and B.C. professionals in all areas of the television commercial production industry are highly skilled and experienced. B. .commercial advertising producers provide complete production services to domestic and foreign agency and producer clients shooting projects in British Columbia.
Learn more about commercial advertising via the Commercial Production Association of Western Canada.
B.C.’s digital and post community have some of the most creative and talented minds in the world. Building on the success of British Columbia’s film and television industry, it’s no surprise that digital animation and visual effects have flourished here as well. In addition to extensive knowledge and creative and technical expertise, our artists, technologists, supervisors and producers have the critical skills needed to consistently produce world class work.
Learn more through the Animation + VFX Alliance
The scale and longevity of motion picture production in British Columbia place it at the forefront of industry evolution as one of the world’s most groundbreaking jurisdictions. B.C.’s studio infrastructure alone delivers state-of-the-art facilities among the largest in North America. Demanding special effects sequences, and set builds that are challenging to accommodate because of sheer size are made possible by an array of technical support, and built-ins designed to service and streamline the production process. B.C. production equipment suppliers and industry service providers ensure the highest level of support and the most extensive inventory of leading edge well-maintained accessible and professional equipment in Canada.
Learn more through MPPIA, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia and Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Producers Branch
B.C. post-production houses and visual effects facilities have provided services to thousands of film and television projects and received dozens of accolades including Oscar and Emmy nominations, in addition to numerous Genie, Gemini and Leo awards. With features like Godzilla, The Great Gatsby, Elysium, Seventh Son, Man of Steel, Prometheus and Life of Pi as well as popular television shows such as Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Bates Motel and Arrow, B.C.’s post-production and visual effects sector offers a wealth of world class talent and creative digital artists, and a track record that stands behind them.
Learn more through the Vancouver Post Alliance.
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world.
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The Canada Media Fund fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms.
STORYHIVE offers production grants, training and distribution opportunities for creators in BC and Alberta. We tell stories, create art and make careers happen.
Indigenous Screen Office
The Indigenous Screen Office‘s mission is to support and develop Indigenous screen storytellers and Indigenous stories on screens and increase representation of Indigenous peoples throughout the screen industries in Canada.
Black Screen Office
The Black Screen Office supports the development, production and distribution of Canadian Black screen content around the globe. We are committed to ensuring that Black Canadians are represented at all levels throughout the screen industries.
National Screen Institute
National Screen Institute is a not-for-profit training organization that supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television, and digital media.
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