Province Enhances Regional Film Support

The Province will provide enhanced funding and anew delivery structure for B.C.?s regional film commissions in 2006/07, Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Olga Ilich announced today. Through the BC Film Commission, the government will provide$275,000 to the Regional Film Commission Assistance program, an increase of $75,000 above 2005/06 funding levels. As well, under the new framework, funding will no longer be divided between five regions; instead, each of the eight regional film commission offices will receive individual funding envelopes.

?Our film industry is growing ? not just in the Lower Mainland,but across the province,? said Ilich. ?As government, we need to be responsive to changes in our film and television industry. Today?s funding will strengthen regional film offices? capacity to showcase their regions to the best competitive advantage and expand opportunities for motion picture production in all areas of the province.?In all regions, Regional Film Commission Assistance funding will be maintained or increased. As well, a small amount of additional funding will be available to inventory unique locations in areas of the province previously without direct financial support, including the Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky Corridor.

Funding will be used to assist regional film commissions to expand the province?s digital locations library, capturing the unique qualities and attractions of each geographic region. These photos will be used to promote all parts of the province to producers considering British Columbia as a production location.?British Columbia is an internationally competitive motion picture production centre with tremendous professional and human re-sources, strong infrastructure and a world of looks,? said BC film commissioner Susan Croome. ?Regional film commissions play an important role in ensuring that the entire province is supportive of motion picture production activity and work diligently to ensure that all of B.C.?s spectacular locations are shown to their best advantage.

?In addition to providing funding for regional film commissions, the Province supports production activity through its regional tax incentive, aimed at stimulating production in areas of the province outside the Lower Mainland. In 2005, film and television production in B.C. increased more than 50 per cent from 2004, contributing $1.2 billion to the provincial economy. B.C. is North America?s third-largest service film production centre after Los Angeles and New York.