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BC funds local motion pictures

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:37 PDT, Mon September 14, 2020

Last Updated: 2:33 PDT, Fri October 2, 2020

New provincial government funding will support BC creators and producers in the motion picture industry.

“The past few months have shown us how quickly the motion picture industry can change,” said Premier John Horgan. “This new fund will help BC’s domestic film industry create new content so it can recover faster and get thousands of skilled workers involved in film and TV production back on set.”

As part of the COVID-19 Action Plan relief funding, the province is investing $2 million to launch the new Domestic Motion Picture Fund. This is the first dedicated funding since 2003 to support the production phase of content creation in BC’s domestic motion picture sector.

BC production companies can apply for support to turn their ideas into finished products, such as feature films, TV shows, series, documentaries and animated content. The fund will help local production companies attract investment and leverage federal funding.

The Domestic Motion Picture Fund will support the development of films, including research, concept development and scriptwriting, as well as production costs such as hiring crew, renting equipment and securing locations.

“We want to see more made-in-BC content on our screens,” said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture. “This fund will create local jobs, support a more resilient motion picture industry and allow local producers to better compete with national and international productions.”

Creative BC will administer the fund as part of Reel Focus BC, a suite of supports available to the domestic production sector. This is the third new program, after Access 2020 and the Rogers partnership, the provincial government has rolled out as part of Reel Focus BC in less than a year.

To learn more about Reel Focus BC, click here.

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