New Film Studio for Calgary

Calgary Film Studio

Southern Alberta will soon have a new film studio. The purpose-built studio, to be developed by Calgary Economic Development (CED), will be southern Alberta's first permanent sound stage.

CED was the successful proponent in a bid to receive up to $5 million in one-time funding from the Government of Alberta for the development of a film studio in the Calgary region. Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk made the announcement at an event on February 4, 2014.

News Release
Photos from the event

Facts:

  • The new studio will be privately run, with no direct involvement from the Government of Alberta.
  • Edmonton has a privately-owned, purpose-built studio that services northern Alberta. Southern Alberta currently does not – making it difficult to find suitable and affordable indoor filming space.
  • The new studio will help attract and retain productions to the province as well provide training and employment opportunities for local crews and recent grads.
  • Alberta's film, television and digital media industry is environmentally-friendly, supports rural economic development, promotes tourism and brings diversity to Alberta's economy.
  • Over the last five years, film, television and digital media together were responsible for more than $400 million in economic activity in our province.
  • Every dollar government invests through the Alberta Media Fund in the film, television and digital media industry results in $6 of economic activity in the province.
  • In August 2013, government invited industry leaders to submit proposals for the development of the new studio. Proposals were evaluated by an expert advisory panel.

Learn about the grants available through the Alberta Media Fund.

Visit the Alberta Film website to discover why our province is such a great place to film.

Last reviewed/revised: February 4, 2014