Presenting the Calgary Film Commission

August 9, 2016

What is your film commission’s mission?

The Calgary Film Commission strives to be a conduit, connector, catalyst, storyteller and opportunity-maker that helps spark and fuel southern Alberta’s creative industries.

What makes your film commission unique?

As Canada’s fourth-largest filming jurisdiction, Calgary boasts award-winning crews and locations. The Calgary region benefitted from $243 million in film, television and digital production in 2014-2015, and is responsible for 82 percent of all production spend in Alberta. Alberta has garnered more Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy® Award wins than any other jurisdiction in Canada in the last decade.

Our award-winning crews and locations have provided the backdrop for films including The Revenant, Interstellar, Brokeback Mountain, Inception and the Bourne Legacy.  TV series include Heartland, Fargo, Hell on Wheels and Wynonna Earp.



What are some perks to filming in your location?

Calgary is best known for the majestic, awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, along with the prairies and badlands central to the imagery and imagination evoked by the frontier of the untamed west which can be seen in films and television shows such as The Revenant, Brokeback Mountain and Heartland. Yet, Calgary’s remarkably diverse geography and vibrant urban settings make it a very popular setting for a vast range of productions including Fargo 1, 2, and soon to go into production Fargo 3.

In May, 2016, Calgary added another location with the opening of the new Calgary Film Center.  This $28 million facility includes three purpose-built sound stages with a combined total of 50,000 square feet and 15,000 square feet of multi-purpose workshop and warehouse spaces.  The Calgary Film Center’s anchor tenant William F. White International Inc., adds an additional 20,000 square feet of space.  William F. White is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of professional motion picture, television, digital media and theatrical production equipment.

Are there any projects you would like to promote?



The Calgary Film Center

What marketing materials did you submit to the Creativity Awards?

Best Logo – We choose this logo because it exhibits unique and impactful brand imaging to promote the energy of our awe-inspiring locations and award-winning crews.

Best Video Reel – This promotional reel is entertaining, memorable, informative and highlights our location.

Best Ad Design – We submitted this promotional ad because it has high branding impact and incorporates strong creative copy and imagery used in publications, social media and conference and special event promotional materials.

Best Promotional Swag – We submitted this item because it is a backpack promotional bag targeted to location scouts and production personnel attending international locations expos and location scouts and producers visiting our province.

Anything else you would like the world to know about your film commission?

Through the office of the Film Commissioner, Calgary Economic Development works with The City of Calgary to facilitate all permit and application requests. The Film Commissioner and Logistics Coordinator work in collaboration with local film scouts to facilitate tours of Calgary region locations for producers, filmmakers and location managers considering southern Alberta as a filming location.

Voting for the AFCI Creativity Awards opens Aug 02, 2016 at 8:00am PDT (America/Los Angeles) and closes Aug 19, 2016 at 8:00pm PDT (America/Los Angeles.)

You can vote for as many creatives as you like once a day for the duration of the contest!

The Audience Awards provides filmmakers opportunities to create short video content for brands and win money. Sign up today for your free account and join film’s community.


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