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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 20:53

Calgary Film Studio Gets Green-Light for Production

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Studio space is critical in ensuring the continued success, viability and business attraction of Alberta's screen-based production sector. Southern Alberta will soon have a new film studio and its first permanent sound stage. The studio will be developed by Calgary Economic Development (CED). The projected opening date is set for Summer 2015, the total cost is approximately $22.8 million and will feature two purpose-built sound stages (20,000 sq ft and 30,000 sq ft) with the ability to subdivide the larger studio. The studio will also include 18,000 sq ft of warehouse space with an additional 10,000 – 15,000 sq ft) for workshop / production, props, sets, wardrobes, etc. 

“We’re delivering on our promise to see a film studio built for southern Alberta here in Calgary," said Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk. "Our competition process ensured the public, private and industry support needed for a new studio was at the table. We’re confident in the new business model developed by Calgary Economic Development and believe it has what it needs to be successful in attracting and retaining film productions. This move forward is good for the industry and good for Alberta – Alberta’s film, television and digital media industry was responsible for over $400 million in economic activity over the last five years.” 

Calgary Economic Development was selected through an open competition process to receive $5 million in one-time funding from the Government of Alberta towards the development of a film studio for the Calgary region. Its proposal demonstrated strong community engagement and support from the private and nonprofit sectors, post-secondary institutions and Alberta’s screen-based production industry.

“We’re pleased to have been selected as the proponent for the Calgary Film Studio," said President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development Bruce Graham. "By working with industry and post-secondary partners to develop purpose-built facilities, we envision the studio will allow the Creative Industries sector to realize significant growth potential, increase the retention of local talent and support the diversification of our economy.”

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