Calgary Economic Development, along with the Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary, broke ground on the Calgary Film Centre. The Centre will be an important part of the film, television and creative industries sector in Southern Alberta, with over 80,000 square feet of purpose-built facilities to support indigenous, national and international screen-based productions.
“Today’s groundbreaking marks a huge step towards making the Calgary Film Centre a reality,” said Bruce Graham, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development. “We have been working closely with our colleagues in the provincial and municipal governments as well as our other funding partners to move this project forward. We are excited to see the facility take shape over the next 12 months.”
“Today’s shovel ceremony symbolizes so much more than the start of construction on the Calgary Film Centre, it speaks to the strength and growth within our film, television and digital media industry,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “The Film Centre will provide thousands of Calgarians a place to hone their industry skills, allow the city to compete for screen-based production globally, and continue to diversify the Alberta economy.”
“Our film and television industry generated $400 million in economic activity in Alberta over the last five years,” said Premier Jim Prentice. “The development of the Centre supports the ongoing growth of this valuable sector, creating jobs for Albertans and a wealth of new economic development opportunities in Calgary and beyond.”
“Not only does this centre provide much needed infrastructure for Alberta’s screen-based production sector, it opens up an entire new realm of possibilities and opportunities,” said Maureen Kubinec, Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism. “Productions filmed in Alberta help introduce visitors from across Canada and around the world to our magnificent landscapes and vibrant communities. The Calgary Film Centre is a big step forward to growing and sharing Alberta culture.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Calgary Economic Development, the City of Calgary and The Province of Alberta on this exciting new state-of-the-art facility which has been over a decade in the making,” stated Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO, Comweb Corp./William F. White International Inc. “Together, we remain committed to bolstering Calgary’s reputation as a first-choice destination for film, television and digital media production.”
The thrust of the Calgary Film Centre is to become a centre of innovation and excellence in the creative and digital media industries, consolidating leading edge activity, and driving product and process development as well as economic diversification throughout southern Alberta.
“The Calgary Film Centre will allow us to grow our local crew and talent base and peripheral industries,” said Luke Azevedo, Commissioner, Film, TV & Creative Industries, Calgary Economic Development. “It has the potential to substantially increase our production volume over the next 5-7 years, and it will provide opportunities for our indigenous, homegrown talent to showcase their projects and ideas, while working full time in this province in their chosen industry.”
Facts about the Calgary Film Centre:
- 8.35 acres located at 5750 76 Avenue S.E.
- The projected opening date is scheduled for fall 2015
- The total projected cost is approximately $22.8 million
- The Centre will feature 50,000 sq ft of purpose-built sound stages.
- The Centre will also include 20,000 sq ft of warehouse space with an additional 15,000 sq ft of peripheral space (office, workshop, construction, storage, props, sets, wardrobes, etc.)
- William F. White International will be the anchor tenant
- Alberta’s film, television and digital media industry employs over 3,000 people and is responsible for hundreds of millions in economic activity every year
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