♦ Happy pre-Halloween! Vancouver’s treat for you is the announcement of an animated Addams Family film. Directed by Conrad Vernon of Shrek 2 fame, the film has entered production at Vancouver’s Cinesite Studios. The creepy and kooky family has found a place in many horror-loving hearts since their debut as a comic strip in the 1960’s, and with the autumn winds finally chilling our streets, now seems the perfect time for them to announce their comeback…
♦ Filmmakers across Canada had their interest piqued by the deal struck between Netflix and the Canadian government, which will allot half a billion dollars towards Canadian film and television productions — the first time it has done so outside the United States. For many, this seems to be a good first step to resolving the two bodies’ lasting conflict over Canadian content quotas, as well as boosting opportunities for Canadian filmmakers. Others think that the contribution is not proportionate to what Netflix makes, and that they should still have to abide by Canadian content quotas. Currently, it remains unclear as to where the funds will exist or how they will be accessed, as they will not be contributed to the Canada Media Fund.
♦ Langara College of Vancouver has announced its plans to launch two new animation programs in January 2018. The programs, 2D Animation & Digital Art and 3D Animation for Game, Film & Visual Effects, will be two-year full-time courses. This is a smart move for the school in light of the Vancouver Economic Commission’s discovery that Vancouver has the densest population of top-tier VFX & animation studios.
♦ September 25th saw the beginnings of a friendly competition between a swathe of Vancouver-based film & television productions to see who could raise the most amount of donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. It was the fifth annual Reel Thanksgiving Challenge, and by the end had collectively raised over $196,000 in cash and 3933 pounds of food. It was a record year for the event, with The Man in the High Castle raising the most, followed behind by Life Sentence, The X-Files, Supergirl and The Women of Marwen.
♦ It’s been a phenomenal year all around for the BC film industry, with over 2.6 billion spent. An influx of feature films and pilots seems to be a contributing factor, and the province’s tax credit program has helped immensely: Creative BC notes that they have approved 338 tax-credit certifications for the 2016-17 year. While the Vancouver area’s 2.5 million square feet of studio space has been an incredible resource, the rest of BC’s diverse landscape has also drawn in filmmakers looking for the right scenery. From our deserts to mountains to coasts, the variety of locations and resources provided by BC has ensured the province as a film production stronghold.
By Meagan Hotz