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Okanagan’s Film Industry – Let’s Collaborate!

Okanagan Film Commission Logo with a film reel in blue and orange.

Hi Everyone,

As the Okanagan Film Commissioner, I would like to collaborate with all of you to transform our region into a premier destination for film and TV productions. Here are the key areas on which we will focus:

  1. Attracting Productions:
  • Incentive Programs: We will advocate for the continued support of the government for regional tax incentives to attract domestic and international film productions, especially during uncertain times.

2. Community Engagement:

  • Local Benefits: Ensuring that film productions contribute to our community economically and culturally.

3. Supporting Local Talent and Businesses:

    • Workforce Development: Investing in training and education programs to support local talent and create skilled professionals.

    4. Infrastructure Development:

      • Facilities: Constructing state-of-the-art studios and post-production facilities.

      5. Sustainability:

        • Eco-friendly Practices: Promoting and supporting green filmmaking practices.

        6. Regulatory Support:

          • Permitting: Simplifying the permitting process to facilitate productions.

          7. Diversity and Inclusion:

            • Representation: Promoting diversity and inclusion in the film industry.

            8. Partnerships and Collaboration:

              • Industry Relationships: Building strong connections with producers, production companies, unions, suppliers, and national and international film commissions.

              These are bare bones of our strategic plan that we will build off.

              To bring this vision to life, I would greatly appreciate your help and input. Here are some ways we can collaborate:

              • Finding Grants: If you are aware of any grants or funding opportunities that could support these initiatives, please let us know.
              • Leading Projects: If you or someone you know is interested in spearheading any of these projects, we would love to hear from you.
              • Community Involvement: How can we increase community participation? What events or programs would you like to see?
              • Feedback and Ideas: Your feedback and ideas are essential to ensure that we are on the right track. Please share your thoughts and suggestions.

              Please respond to info@okanaganfilm.com with your thoughts, suggestions, and offers to help.

              By working together, we can establish a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive film industry in the Okanagan, creating more opportunities for local talent and businesses.

              I look forward to hearing from you and collaborating to turn these plans into reality.


              Jon Summerland

              Okanagan Film Commissioner

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