Project Title:

Attracting & Growing BC Motion Picture Industries in Rural Communities

Project Organization:

Vancouver Island North Island Film Commission

Project Investment:

  • Island Coastal Economic Trust: $30,000
  • Applicant Equity: $197,240
  • Total Budget: $227,240

Project Highlight:

Before this project, INFilm’s files database hadn’t been updated in over two decades.

Since 2001, 523 film productions in the region have had a total economic impact of more than $186 million. Communities have also seen substantial returns on investments, receiving $120 for every dollar invested in their local regional film commission.

As the region’s motion picture industry continues to grow (it rose by 18% between 2014-2020), growth in production spending on services and supplies has also risen alongside, and this rise is not expected to slow anytime soon.

This investment attraction funding will allow INFilm to hire and train six locally based photographers to capture locations and data to build the updated digital marketing collateral.

The project timeline will allow for images to be captured throughout each season and from a wide variety of locations in their service region, which includes Island communities from Ladysmith to Cape Scott, Vancouver Island. The hiring and training of photographers and drone operators will provide them with immediate employment and valuable industry training for future, high-opportunity employment in the motion picture industry.

Island Coastal Economic Trust approved funding for this project in 2023 through the Investment Readiness program.