Okanagan region celebrates our province on screen

B.C. rolls out the red carpet Monday to celebrate local range of screen-based entertainment.

  • Jul. 27, 2015 7:00 p.m.

A celebration of Screen in BC Day is being hosted today by the Okanagan Film Commission.

The event is involving tours of Bardel Animation, Yeti Farm Creative and The Film Factory Creative House.

Regional film offices receive operational funding from the province  through Creative BC’s Regional Film Funding Program, which helps support the growth of the film and television industry throughout B.C.

For the current fiscal year, Creative BC will contribute $213,000 toward the regional film offices. This includes $30,000 to the Okanagan Film Commission.

Known for excellence in physical production, post production, VFX and animation, interactive games as well as original content by B.C. based production companies for world markets, British Columbia is one of the top centres for screen-production excellence in North America.

British Columbia’s motion-picture industry supports approximately 20,000 direct and indirect quality jobs that make up a talented, highly experienced and knowledge-driven workforce.

“British Columbia is almost impossibly diverse. That diversity is reflected in our international population and lively cities. A North American leader in business development across the spectrum of digital media enterprises, we are home to world-leading film and television companies and a burgeoning digital media and visual f/x hub,” said Premier Christy Clark, the MLA for Westside-Kelowna.

“Along with competitive tax credits and a favourable exchange rate, our industry makes British Columbia one of the world’s best locations for film and television production.”

Jon Summerland, head of the Okanagan Film Commission office, says the region is enjoying a strong year with several feature films and television movies have been shot here on location and a busy slate of further productions planned for this fall.

“We offer a diverse range of locations for filmmakers, which includes Canada’s only desert as well as a strong infrastructure which includes its own crew base who can service not only major productions but also the many international car commercials that are filmed here. In addition, our talented animation industry continues to expand which further contributes to the diversification and growth our creative economy,” said Summerland.

Recent feature film productions include the George Clooney-starring film Tomorrowland which filmed in Enderby and Armstrong, the Anthony Hopkins- film Go With Me, which filmed in Enderby, Armstrong, Vernon and Lumby, and Vic Sarin’s Nightmare Movie of the Week for Lifetime as well as recent shooting of Tomato Red and starting Aug. 10, The Orchard.

The B.C. indie thriller, The Unseen, was shot in a small town location in West Kelowna and in the back country.

Summerland said our region is a popular location for shooting car commercials.

To learn more about the Okanagan Commission, visit: http://okanaganfilm.com/.


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