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  01 January 2013
B.C. government signals possible changes to help film industry

VICTORIA — Facing mounting pressure from a vocal film community, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett cracked open the door Wednesday for the possibility of changes that could help the industry.

Speaking in an interview, Bennett continued to play down the possibility of any immediate increases to the province’s estimated $285 million in annual film-related tax credits, but he said other solutions are in the works.

“I have some irons in the fire that I think will help in the short term,” said Bennett, adding he plans to announce a new policy change as early as next week “that will be well received by the industry.” "


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  01 January 2013
BC's film leadership only cares about the US service work and have a sense of entitlement about it--and they did little or nothing to encourage building domestic film business in the event that Hollywood would leave. They had 20-30 years to try and only talked about it when a US strike shut down filming here.

Ontario has the new Pinewood studio complex and much more business infrastructure and a big film tradeshow and they are close to the government funding agencies which historically favor the East over the West. I think the percentage for domestic vs foreign is closer to 50/50 in Ontario.

But even the small DIY indie film production co-ops are more energetic and enthusiastic in Toronto than in Vancouver.

Hollywood studios can pick and choose among many places that are bending over backwards offering tax money to lure them there. Will be interesting to see what BC can offer.
I think real estate interests want to convert the studios into developments and the government would prefer promoting the digital sector because it is just office space.

But the crew people are pretty mad-especially since the government is spending 11 million to host a Bollywood film awards (presumably because the indo-canadian community with strong ties to the asia will be dazzled by Bollywood star power and remember it on voting day).
  01 January 2013
More help... isn't everything done in canada anyways? Some days it looks that way.
  01 January 2013
it doesn't hurt that the US is mired in patent disputes. You can actually BUY a copy of Yeti for Maya here because Joe Alter doesn't have a patent on Canadian fur. It's amazing.
  01 January 2013
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