Vancouver is a city of many seasons and great locations, but that’s not the only reason American productions come to Vancouver. Do Canadians make amazing movies? Absolutely.Production in Vancouver
Vancouver-based actors often provide better value for money. This is due to the fact that our contracts usually include a buyout fee rather than a residual structure that would continue to pay us in the years following a production’s release. Unfortunately, many of our most talented artists inevitably feel the need to move to Los Angeles to compete a larger market.Acting in Vancouver
Although I’m interested in working internationally, Vancouver will always be my home. This is a great city not only to work, but also to live in. One of the greatest things about the industry here is that, it is consistently expanding. We now have two fantastic sitcoms here (Mr.Young and package deal), both of which are shot in front of a live studio audience. This format has traditionally been the domain of American and British Productions. Its great to see Canada expanding into this area as-well as into more animations, commercials, web series and groundbreaking television like SyFy’s Sanctuary, which was shot almost entirely on green screen.The B.C. film tax credit is currently 33 per cent of labor costs, while Ontario offers a 25 per cent credit on all production costs. This means that Higher budget productions are still coming to Vancouver, but it makes the productions less, therefor less work for bc home talents.Foreign and domestic productions in British Columbia can access a variety of provincial and federal tax credit programs and if eligibility requirements are met, a producer can combine them to access exceptional savings.B.C. is also struggling to compete with the U.S. While only four American states had tax incentives for the film and television industry in 2002, 40 states had introduced them by 2013.More than 18,000 jobs in the film and television industry are in Metro Vancouver, with another 2,000 throughout the rest of B.C.Disney has opened a production office in Kelowna BC for a reason Kelowna in British Columbia offers 53 percent. If the NDP new government comes in to Kelowna then it will bump down to 40 percent. But that doesn’t affect the visual FX tax break which is 78 Percent, with all this being out there, Kelowna still has trouble attracting bigger productions because of the demographics of the look of their growing city.Although most of the tax revenues from the industry go to the federal and provincial governments, the municipal government receives approximately 12 per cent of the taxes. In addition, the film industry paid approximately $529,000 in parking fees, $780,000 in permit fees and $889,000 to the Vancouver Police Department last year.