By Tia Walsh.
The film and television industry is a major driver of the B.C. economy. Based on local activity, Metro Vancouver is the No. 3 film and TV production centre in North America, after California and New York State. Last January, MovieMaker magazine ranked it the second-best North American city for filmmakers to live and work.
During the 2017-18 fiscal year, the 452 budgeted motion picture productions qualifying for tax credit certifications contributed $3.4 billion to the provincial economy, government agency Creative BC reports. B.C. creators accounted for 163 of those productions. The combined film, TV, visual effects and animation industry more than doubled in size from 2012 to 2017, growing to roughly $3.8 billion, according to the Vancouver Film Commission.
The provincial motion picture business employs about 60,000 people, Creative BC estimates. Besides more than 200 B.C.-based producers, it includes some 250 companies that service production, among them 65 film studios, 30 post-production houses, and 100 visual effects and animation firms.
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