New Film Studio for Calgary
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.
Photos from the event
- 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.