A new fund announced by the provincial government on Monday will provide $2 million in support made-in-B.C. film content.
The Domestic Motion Picture Fund is part of BC’s COVID-19 Action Plan relief funding and is intended to support the motion picture industry as it restarts.
“The past few months have shown us how quickly the motion picture industry can change,” said Premier John Horgan in a statement.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture says that B.C. production companies can apply for funding to support both development and production costs, including script work, crew hiring and paying for rental equipment.
“We want to see more made-in-B.C. content on our screens,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The fund will be administered by Creative BC through Reel Focus BC, which currently provides just under $1.5 million in other film industry support funds.
Creative BC says that they will be distributing the new $2 million fund after a consultation and design process to determine programming streams that companies can apply to.
According to the Creative BC website there will be a six-week consultation process, followed by an additional six weeks to design programs.
Applications for the first funding program will likely open in November 2020.