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Film & Television Production

Known worldwide for its 40 years of quality, creativity and innovation, Vancouver is the third largest Film & TV production centre in North America

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.

Key Stats

Sector Highlights

  • Vancouver has a number of world class Film & TV studios located within its boundaries including: Mammoth, Vancouver, North Shore, Ironwood Studios, Canadian Motion Picture Park, and The Crossing Studios
  • On average the city is home to approximately 65+ movies and 55+ 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 $3.8 billion in 2017, 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-quarters 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 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.

 

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Recent Film Productions

  • Deadpool 1 & 2
  • War of the Planet of the Apes
  • Okja
  • The Predator
  • Game Over, Man
  • The Mountain Between Us
  • Overboard
  • BFG
  • World of Warcraft
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Tron 3

Recent TV Productions

  • Altered Carbon
  • Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Man in the High Castle
  • DC Legends of Tomorrow
  • Lost in Space
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Arrow
  • Motive
  • X-Files
  • The Flash
  • Supernatural

Incentives

Film & TV productions can take advantage of government tax credit incentives

  • British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit which offers Canadian, or international film and TV production companies with a permanent establishment in BC, a 28 per cent refundable tax credit on eligible labour costs.
  • Film Incentive BC Tax Credit – a labour-based tax incentive offering a refundable tax credit of 35 per cent to Canadian-controlled production companies
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax CreditProvided by the Government of Canada, it offers a credit of 25 per cent of qualified labour to Canadian-controlled production companies, with a credit of 16 per cent of qualified labour costs to Canadian­ controlled production companies and those with a permanent establishment in Canada.
  • BC Digital Animation or Visual Effects (DAVE) provides a tax credit of 16% on qualifying labour costs to production companies employing BC talent for post-production and sound.
  • For more details please see here.

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