Aside from our outstanding natural beauty, Vancouver’s main advantage is the expertise and talent nurtured here, a skilled workforce recognized globally. Here expertise stems from Vancouver’s deep industry ties, as well as its educational infrastructure — offering dozens of programs Film & TV development, production, marketing and distribution and more. With a long-established record for production excellence, the city is also especially well-regarded for its exceptional service industry.
With close proximity to Los Angeles, longstanding, stable and competitive tax incentives and government support, and a community that nurtures creativity, Vancouver is the ideal locale for any Film or TV production.
What does the overall industry picture look like?
- Vancouver has a number of world class Film & TV studios located within its boundaries including: Mammoth, Vancouver, North Shore, Ironwood Studios, and Washington studios
- On average the city is home to approximately 30+ movies and 30+ TV series annually, as well as hundreds of other filming days for commercials, TV pilots and other features
- Direct spending on Film & TV production in British Columbia (BC) totalled more than $2 billion in 2014 making Vancouver the 3rd largest production centre in North America
- The industry has a strong balance of international and domestic production activity, with foreign productions accounting for three-quartersent of total production dollars spent in BC. Meanwhile, many home-based studios work with strategic foreign partners on co –productions with the mandate to make quality, commercially viable feature films and TV shows for a global marketplace.
- Access to high-quality, Film & TV events, festivals and conferences that attract a local and global audience such as the Vancouver International Film Festival’s (VIFF) Film & TV Forum, Vancouver Webfest and more.
- Access to experienced post-production facilities that serve the industry by providing colour correction, composing, sound and other services.
- Over 42,000 direct and indirect jobs are generated by Film & TV production in BC, with more than 80 per cent located in Metro Vancouver
Working in Film & TV means being part of a supportive industry culture that includes a network of government agencies, industry associations, festivals and awards and professional organizations. The industry also enjoys strongly private sector support, which has contributed billions in industry infrastructure to date.