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Calgary Film Centre studio set for April opening

The new Calgary Film Centre studio facility in Alberta, western Canada, is set to open this coming April in a move designed to boost the city’s production appeal.

Filmmakers will have access to three separate sound stages – the largest being 20,000 sq ft – in a complex that cost around CA$30m to develop. 

“What we have now is an opportunity to be selling the jurisdiction in a much different way than in the past,” said Luke Azevedo, film commissioner with Calgary Economic Development, in comments to Canadian outlet Global News. 

“They are not asking us whether or not we can do productions - we have some of the best crews in the world and some of the best talent in the world right here in the province, so adding infrastructure to that gives us a lot of tools that we can utilise.”

Calgary is not yet a major production centre but is starting to host higher-profile shoots including the extended, nine-month filming schedule for survival drama The Revenant and two seasons of the acclaimed TV drama Fargo (pictured).

The Hollywood studios still prefer the generous filming incentives of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, but the new stage space in Calgary should generate interest across North America.  

For more on filming in Alberta see our production guide.