Locations and workplace safety expert brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Vancouver Film Commission
Film and television industry veteran Geoff Teoli will take on the role of Acting Film Commissioner for Vancouver for the near term. Teoli brings more than two decades of frontline dealings in locations, workplace safety and permitting in and around Vancouver to the position, which leads business expansion and high-impact investment attraction initiatives on the city’s behalf.
“I am thrilled by the invitation to work with VEC at this important moment in time for the industry,” says Geoff Teoli. “The film and television sector has shown incredible resilience and innovation during the pandemic, out of which we have seen creativity and innovation unlock amazing opportunities in technology, sustainability, and economic diversification. I cannot think of many other sectors poised to build back better than Vancouver’s motion picture and television industry.”
Through his career, Geoff cultivated a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to motion picture and television production, first through his 18 years as a location manager, and subsequently as executive director of Actsafe, the industry’s health and safety advisory and training association. Since joining the City of Vancouver in 2018, he has served as Senior Branch Manager in its Film & Special Events Branch, where he oversees a team that manages the logistics for thousands of film days annually.
“Geoff’s credentials are top-notch and we’re very fortunate to have him join us as acting film commissioner for a city he knows inside out,” says VEC CEO Eleena Marley. “The key objective of working with Geoff and industry partners over the next six to 12 months will be to identify and evaluate a long-term strategy for the Vancouver film commission and our work supporting this crucial economic pillar.”
The Vancouver film commission is an operational department of the Vancouver Economic Commission, the City of Vancouver’s economic development agency.
“Creative BC is delighted to continue working with Geoff as he takes on new duties in the role of acting Vancouver film commissioner. The motion picture industry in B.C. is recognized internationally for its collaborative nature, and we are proud to leverage our long working history with Geoff as he steps into this new capacity for the City of Vancouver.”
– Marnie Gee, BC Film Commissioner and Director of Production Services, Creative BC
“In the five years I’ve had the pleasure of working with him, I’ve seen firsthand that Geoff has more than earned his great reputation in industry circles. Geoff developed a number of projects and services to facilitate the growing film activity in the city of Vancouver while maintaining its reputation as one of the top filming destinations in the world. I have no doubt he will continue to be a great asset to the city and the industry.”
– David Shepheard, Vice President of Operations, Martini Film Studios
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