Alberta increases funding for film and TV production

The investment should boost local talent and attract international productions

By Gabriella Geisinger 14 Apr 2023

Alberta increases funding for film and TV production
The Last of Us S1 filming in Alberta Cr: TLOU Twitter

The Government of Alberta has increased its investment in the film and TV production industry to a total of $335 million over three years. This move hopes to attract more projects to the Canadian province.

Since 2020, Alberta has been host to 129 productions with a total production value of $1.7 billion, which has also resulted in approximately 9,000 direct and indirect jobs for Albertans.

In a statement the Minister of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development  Brian Jean said: "Alberta is experiencing exponential growth in our film and television sector, and we are well on our way to becoming a top Canadian jurisdiction for producers from around the world.

"Since the introduction of the Film and Television Tax Credit, the film and television sector in Alberta has doubled. Productions reach every part of Alberta – big cities, small towns and rural locations – and use local resources, businesses, accommodations and contractors, supporting thousands of jobs."

The province is also doubling funding to the Alberta Made Screen Industries Program to grow and promote local talent and productions while simultaneously attracting international productions to the province.  

"Alberta-made film and television productions showcase Alberta’s unique culture, breathtaking landscapes and stories to audiences across the globe,” said Jason Luan, Minister of Culture.

"We are increasing our support to smaller productions because they provide a unique Alberta-made training ground for emerging talent and create local, highly skilled workers in the sector."

Recently, the record-breaking HBO Series The Last of Us filmed its first season in Alberta (pictured). Season two is heading to Vancouver.

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