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Belgium’s Umedia Establishes Presence in British Columbia’s Thriving VFX Sector

Belgium’s Umedia Establishes Presence in British Columbia’s Thriving VFX Sector

British Columbia’s visual effects (VFX) industry has garnered international recognition by developing creative and stunning work in numerous blockbuster movies and companies from around the world are taking notice. This includes Belgium’s Umedia which just opened a new visual effects and finishing studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Umedia took part in a trade mission to British Columbia in 2015 led by Princess Astrid of Belgium, where Umedia representatives learned about the growing VFX sector and Vancouver’s unique technology ecosystem.  British Columbia’s European Trade and Investment team assisted the delegation during their visit. This is Umedia’s fifth office – the company’s activities span film and television development, production and financing, with offices in London, Los Angeles, Brussels and Paris.

Companies like Umedia are able to thrive in B.C. because of several key factors; a favorable tax environment, close proximity to Los Angeles and other west coast technology centres, and a diverse pool of skilled workers that reside in the region.

Vancouver, B.C. has the largest cluster of the world’s top VFX and animation studios and is continually attracting international powerhouses to establish offices there. These include Sony Pictures Imageworks, which opened its new global headquarters in Vancouver in 2015. With over 700 staff, it is currently the largest studio in the city. UK-based Double Negative, one of the world’s largest providers of visual effects and animation for film, also opened a new state-of-the-art studio in Vancouver that same year. And Australian-based visual effects and animation company, Animal Logic, has ramped up staffing for its new 45,000 square foot studio, which also opened last year in Vancouver.

This concentration of VFX companies benefits from the established infrastructure and expertise in the region. British Columbia’s  post-production and VFX sector is adept in handling every stage of the production process; from concept, to pre-visual, to field production, up to post and delivery of the final edit.

To learn more about British Columbia’s leading visual effects and digital media sector contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives.
 Posted on: October 13, 2016  

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