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Alberta upgrades filming incentive offering

AlbertaAlberta in western Canada has upgraded its filming incentive support in a bid to attract more Hollywood producers.

The Screen-Based Production Grant remains at 30% of qualified local expenditure but increases the province’s annual film and TV fund from CA$30m to CA$45m, from the end of this month.

Projects that “provide significant contributions to Alberta’s culture and economy” will see their per-production payment caps rise from the base figure of CA$5m to CA$7.5m. 

“Alberta has outstanding infrastructure, diverse locations and world-class talent, and today’s announcement from the government of Alberta will help ensure the industry is able to grow and prosper in a sustainable way,” said Mary Moran, president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development.

Alberta opened its first purpose-built studio facility – the Calgary Film Centre – in the spring of last year. 

The province has had successes with the TV adaptation of Fargo and the Tim Roth crime drama Tin Star, but US producers have persistently called for an increase to the region’s filming incentive support to help the area stand out. 

This new upgrade is being viewed by some in the industry as a first step towards larger-scale changes.

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