We fully encourage production shoots to consider our locations as we represent diverse and scenic landscapes. Always moving with integrity during these busy times, we combine positive interaction with professional conduct for visitors from all over the world. With the increase of film and television business in our regions, we are also supportive of local clients and our community who play a significant part in the Okanagan’s growing industry.
About The Okanagan Film Commission
The Okanagan Film Commission leads and nurtures the regional film and animation industry, connecting local and international producers and promoting the Okanagan Boundary and Similkameen area as a global cinematic hub.
The Commission has a dedicated board of directors and staff who have been industry leaders in British Columbia for over three decades. Their strategic plan outlines clear objectives for the next three years, including attracting more productions, supporting local talent, expanding infrastructure, and intensifying marketing and promotional efforts. The Okanagan region’s diverse landscapes and skilled crews make it a versatile and attractive filming destination, while local businesses play a vital role in supporting the film and animation industry.
The Okanagan Film Commission is committed to promoting a thriving regional film and animation industry. They have been industry leaders in British Columbia for over three decades. Their mission is to showcase the Okanagan Boundary and Similkameen area as a global cinematic hub by strengthening connections between local and international producers. They provide top-tier services and positively impact local businesses and talent.
The commission has a board of directors consisting of five members, and their offices are located in Kelowna. They have a strategic roadmap for the next three years consisting of clear objectives, including attracting more productions, supporting local talent, expanding infrastructure, and intensifying marketing and promotional efforts. The Okanagan’s diverse landscapes make it a versatile and attractive filming destination. Local businesses play a vital role in supporting the film and animation industry.
Board of Directors
The OFC Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in ensuring the promotion and enhancement of the film industry. With a focus on full-service film commission and digital media sectors, our five-member Board is composed of regional district representatives and at-large members.
|Paul LaGrange, Kelowna, Chairperson|
|Director Brian Quiring, City Councillor, Vernon RDNO Appointee|
|Director Rylie Gettens, Electoral Area “F”, RDOS Appointee|
|Director Stephen Johnson, City of West Kelowna RDCO Appointee|
|Director Grace McGregor, Electoral Area “C”/Christina Lake, Director, RDKB Appointee|
|Bill Baird, Greenwood, Member-at-large|
|Gord Wylie, Location Department Head|
|Tracy Wright, CPA, CMA Wright Way Accounting, CFO|
|Erin Hazlehurst, Administrative Assistant|
|Jon Summerland, Film Commissioner|
Offices & Staff
Our offices, located at 1450 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC, within the Central Okanagan Regional District’s Economic Development Commission, serve as the hub of our activities. Generously provided by RDCO, this space houses our dedicated team.
Established as a non-profit society in 1990, the Okanagan Film Commission has evolved with significant funding support. Today, the organization is a testament to partnerships, local governance, and its pivotal role in regional development.
The Okanagan film community is thriving, committed to growing local production and expanding the region’s role in hosting diverse projects. A highlight includes a successful collaboration with Westbank First Nations, organizing an immersive three-day boot camp that attracted over 200 attendees and industry professionals.
Strong partnerships with government, industry stakeholders, and educational institutions are crucial to our success. We collaborate with multiple entities, including local and regional governments, tourism associations, and film commissions to broaden our reach and achieve our goals effectively.
The Okanagan region has seen significant growth due to factors such as its proximity to Vancouver, tax incentives, and breathtaking landscapes. Our commitment to initiatives like attracting production, supporting local talent, and expanding infrastructure demonstrates our dedication to economic development.
Goals and Objectives
Our strategic plan outlines clear objectives, including attracting more productions, supporting local talent, expanding infrastructure, and intensifying marketing and promotional efforts.
The Okanagan’s diverse landscapes, from vineyards and lakes to urban settings and historic sites, make it a versatile and attractive filming destination.
Crew & Locations Linchpin
Our success hinges on skilled crews and breathtaking locations. Local businesses offering equipment rental, accommodation, catering, transportation, post-production, wardrobe, and props, play a vital role in supporting the film and animation industry.
Measures of Performance
Key indicators like the number of productions, economic impact, local talent development, location bookings, visibility, and promotion are tracked to measure our success.
The film and animation industry in Okanagan opens numerous trade opportunities for local businesses, from equipment rental to post-production services.
Jobs, Sustainability, Economic Impact
The industry significantly contributes to the Okanagan region’s job creation, sustainability, and economic development.
Discover Animation Magic in the Okanagan Valley
Explore an enchanting animation journey in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, a creative hub for local designers, writers, animators, and directors. The region is home to several acclaimed animation studios, including Yeti Farm Creative, which offers Canada’s highest animation tax credit. These studios create globally successful animated shows that showcase British Columbia’s innovative digital and creative content. The Okanagan Valley not only provides a picturesque backdrop for these creations but also stands as a testament to the international recognition garnered by British Columbia’s animation companies through prestigious awards and nominations.
Seeing A Brighter Future For BC’s Film Industry With OFC
The Okanagan Film Commission is committed to fostering the growth of the film and animation industry while maximizing the positive impact on the community and the region’s economy. Our approach is rooted in partnership, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
If you have any specific questions or would like to know more about the Okanagan Film Commission’s initiatives or the film industry in the Okanagan, please feel free to ask.
We encourage production shoots to consider our locations as we represent diverse and scenic landscapes. Always moving with integrity during these busy times, we combine positive interaction with professional conduct for visitors worldwide. With the increase of the film and television business in our regions, we also support local clients and our community who play a significant part in Okanagan’s growing industry.
Get in touch today to see where the Okanagan Film Commission can take your production. Use our form below to contact us, or give us a call or email using our contact details below.