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New Dawn 2023 Call for Entries
New Dawn is an international film production fund aimed to support a larger diversity of voices and perspectives. A combined effort by 10 European and Canadian public film funds, New Dawn was launched in May 2022 at the Cannes Festival. The first selection was...
Cannes Indigenous Co-Production Forum – Call for Participants
The Indigenous Screen Office is hosting an Indigenous co-production forum at the Festival de Cannes, May 16 to 27, 2023. Experienced producers may apply to participate in-person at the forum on May 18, 2023, an opportunity designed to connect and explore future...
Martini Film Studios uses 100% Renewable Natural Gas
Earlier last year, Martini Film Studios announced its entire studio moving to operating entirely on Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The Langley-based studio is the first film studio in British Columbia to sign up for this carbon-neutral energy innovation supported by...
Getting started in the motion picture industry in British Columbia.
While the motion picture industry can be highly competitive, there are also a lot of opportunities and no right way to negotiate a pathway into this industry. One of the best things you can do is make the most of your personal network, including the networks of friends and family most people working in the industry today have a story about how they met someone who provided an introduction and after that, they didn’t look back. It’s a process that takes persistence, diligence and passion, but so does working in the industry, so think of it as training for your career. So start asking around!
There are a myriad of ways to enter the industry, many of them dependent on your skill set, experience and what you want for a career moving forward. Consider these personal elements and start researching to find out what you can do initially, what you need to learn and who you can speak with in order to begin making your way.
There are three main components involved in getting a project from idea to screen: development (story development, screenplay, financing), production (physical filming) and post-production (editing, visual effects, sound and music)
Creative BC is not directly involved in motion picture, hiring of crew for productions, or managing a job board. Please visit Creative Pathways instead to discover information, resources and opportunities to learn, meet and work within the motion picture industry.
Newcomers from Other Countries
Many productions that film in B.C. do so in part because of the tax incentives they receive for employing B.C. residents, which do not apply to those who are in Canada on a work permit. Temporary residents can also consider opportunities where tax incentives aren’t applicable, like reality television, commercials and low-budget local productions.
There are a number of local companies who do both service and original content that may have openings within the company, rather than on a specific production, in which case the tax incentive might not be applicable.
Foreign nationals with temporary resident status may not be eligible for union membership in B.C. For more information about working on a union project as a temporary resident, please connect with the applicable union directly. Foreign national currently employed by productions filming in B.C. should refer to Cross Border Services for information regarding immigration requirements to legally work in Canada. Foreign nationals interested in moving to Canada to work in the motion picture industry should consult with an immigration lawyer to understand all options for temporary and permanent residency that may be available.
Your path to a career in film and television.