Prince George: Action ? that is how film commissioner Karen Cameron remembers 2004. ?It was another busy year as we remained focused on our three mandates: building community relationships, expanding our digital photo library and innovative marketing initiatives.
Cameron points to the number of location requests completed in 2004 as a significant cause for optimism. ?We completed 77 location requests, an 11% increase over 2003 which is extremely positive considering production numbers in the province for 2004 are expected to be down,? Cameron comments. ?One of those requests was from the Antarctica production team and we were thrilled when they selected Smithers and Stewart as the locations for this feature film.?
The Film Commission devoted significant energies to building its capacity to respond to location requests. The digital photo library doubled in size to 5000 images representing over 500 locations throughout northern BC.
In September, the film commission hosted a Location Managers Tour ? selecting the North Peace region as its first stop. ?Feedback from this marketing initiative was fabulous. None of our guests had been up there before and they were thrilled with the agricultural landscape, the industrial look of the WAC Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams as well as the warm hospitality extended by the locals,? says Cameron.
The film commission also formed a Regional Film Advisory Committee whose first task was confirming the commission?s name change to Northern British Columbia Film commission. ?We?ve always ?unofficially? managed the north but felt it was time to acknowledge the financial and logistical support of our regional partners and our recognized jurisdiction,? Cameron adds.
Cameron remains positive about the future of film production in northern BC. ?Our growing infrastructure, supportive provincial production policies and diverse locations are all part of a very solid package that we have to offer. Promoting northern BC?s diversity of locations as a group will increase production opportunities for all our communities.?
The Northern BC Film Commission is supported by Initiatives Prince George, City of Prince George, Town of Smithers, Regional Districts of Fraser-Fort George and Kitimat-Stikine, Town of Fort Nelson/Northern Rockies Regional District, Northcoast Economic Development Corporation, North Peace Economic Development Commission, District of Tumbler Ridge, District of Kitimat, Terrace Economic Development Authority and the British Columbia Film Commission.