You’ve probably heard Vancouver referred to as Hollywood North. In 2012 alone, the film industry contributed close to a billion dollars to the economy – with a good balance of international and domestic productions. Every year, hundreds of films, TV shows, and documentaries are shot here.
Today, the city is ranked as the third largest production center for film and TV in North America. So yes, Vancouver’s earned its reputation, but why exactly is the film scene so happening here?
Vancouver is home to most of B.C.’s production and post-production activities, and has the capacity to support the biggest Hollywood movies in casting, set-building, location filming, and audio and special effects. It also has some of North America’s most expansive and sophisticated studio spaces and facilities, and numerous FX and sound stages.
Major studios include:
- Lions Gate Studios
- Vancouver Film Studios
- The Bridge Studios
Location, location, location!
A mere two hour flight from LA, both Vancouver and LA share a time zone eliminating issues like operating hours, accessibility, and travel time for actors and key crew. Vancouver’s mild climate allows for year round shooting. Consistent cloud cover naturally diffuses sunlight making it easier for technicians to add additional light. And of course, with so many productions shot here, there is a strong community of skilled crews, technicians and creative experts to draw on.
Vancouverites Just Love Film
The film festival scene in Vancouver is alive with local and international fare. Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, with over 500 screenings held over a three week period.
It also features a forum with high profile speakers – 2013 featured Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and Walter Murch, Oscar nominated master editor of Apocalypse Now and The Godfather.
Other major film festivals include:
- DOXA – Documentary Film Festival
- VLAFF – Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
- VQFF – Vancouver Queer Film Festival
- EUFF – European Union Film Festival
With a dynamic film scene, Hollywood and indie productions, and everything in between, Vancouver is a great place to be for emerging and professional filmmakers.