British Columbia Film Industry Celebrates Banner Year

British Columbia Film Industry Celebrates Banner Year

August 5, 2016 Posted by Amrinder Sandhar

The British Columbia film industry is having another banner year, with blockbuster movies and crowd-pleasing television shows choosing B.C. as their filming destination.

A report released this week from the non-profit organization FilmLA Inc., lists Vancouver as the third most popular destination for television pilot production. Of the cities the report looked at, 25 television pilots were shot in Vancouver in 2015-2016, putting it behind Los Angeles with 82 pilots and New York with 28.

Another notable success was this summer’s smash hit Star Trek Beyond, which was filmed at locations across Metro Vancouver contributing $69 million to the local economy over 78 days of filming. The film crew took advantage of the state of the art facilities at Vancouver Film Studios and the breadth of local industry talent available for large scale productions.

This past May a report from MNP LLP also highlighted the economic impact of Warner Bros. Television’s Supernatural. Since 2005, Supernatural has been produced in the province with filming in the Metro Vancouver area as well as in 18 communities from Vancouver Island, Thompson/Okanagan, Kootenay, and the Mainland/Southwest regions. The series is responsible for over $500 million in direct production expenditure in British Columbia.

British Columbia’s status as a major television and film destination centers around our world-class facilities, British Columbia studios can handle up to 40 productions simultaneously, and our diverse talent pool, workers here can support the largest movie productions, from set construction and casting through to post-production and visual effects.  British Columbia’s diverse landscapes and moderate seasons, coupled with its close proximity to Los Angeles, also helps solidify Vancouver as one of the top filming locations in North America.

To learn more about British Columbia’s film and television industry contact one of our Trade and Investment Representatives.
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