Film in British Columbia

Film in British Columbia

November 14, 2017 Posted by Abby Pollen

With geographic proximity to major production companies in California as well as Asian talent pools, British Columbia is ideally situated to connect and expand the offices and influence of production companies who establish headquarters here.

Among the many attractions offered to the film industry by the province are accessibility, a well-educated workforce and low business costs. Vancouver has a million square feet of studio space within minutes of downtown and Vancouver International Airport, and shares a time zone with Los Angeles. There are over 60 VFX and Animation studios in Vancouver alone to support film production, as well as organizations like the Vancouver Film School helping develop talented graduates to support the industry. British Columbia is home to talent in front of the camera as well, like 12-year old Hannah Zirke from Nanaimo

The allure of B.C.’s assets is reflected in the increasing number of film companies filming and establishing offices in here. Vancouver has a well-developed reputation as Hollywood North and is a popular filming location for American production companies; it may soon become known as Bollywood North, as Indian broadcaster Zee sets up office in Vancouver. The rest of the province draws productions as well. The Okanagan has a growing film and television industry which draws attention from companies like Minds Eye Entertainment from Regina, that have filmed two major thrillers in the area. Award-winning film “Hello Destroyer” was filmed in Prince George, and crews credit the city with inspiring much of the film’s success. The mountains of Fernie played host to Hollywood crews and stars this year as well, during the recent filming of “Hard Powder”, and Hope, B.C. has been a popular location for productions since “Rambo: First Blood” was made there in 1982.  

Trade and Invest BC offers ongoing assistance to the industry regarding talent recruitment, immigration, site selection and market intelligence. Keep track of investments and industry developments like this one by following @BCTradeInvest on Twitter. You can also get this information in video format in our video on Digital Media in BC.


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