Calgary film & TV industry
As Canada's fourth-largest filming jurisdiction, Calgary boasts award-winning crews and locations. The Calgary region benefits from an average of $100 million in film, television and digital production each year, and is responsible for 80 per cent of all filming in Alberta. In addition, the Calgary region has garnered more Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy® Award nominations than any other jurisdiction in Canada.
Calgary is best known for the majestic, awe-inspiring scenery central to the imagery and imagination evoked by the frontier of the untamed west and can be seen in films and television shows such as Brokeback Mountain and Hell on Wheels. Yet, Calgary's remarkably diverse geography and vibrant urban settings makes it a very popular setting for a vast range of productions. From the deserts of Afghanistan, to the battlefields of feudal Japan to a trendy restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calgary is a chameleon able to play a wide spectrum of roles. Summer, winter, spring or fall.
Calgary Economic Development plays a major role in Calgary’s film, television and digital media industry. Through the office of the Film Commissioner, Calgary Economic Development works with The City of Calgary to facilitate all permit and application requests. The Film Commissioner and Logistics Coordinator work in collaboration with local film scouts to facilitate tours of Calgary region locations for producers, filmmakers and location managers considering Calgary as a filming location.