Creative Industries

Calgarians are creators, storytellers and innovators. As the 5th Most Liveable City in the World (2009-2017), ranked by Economist Intelligence Unit, creatives can focus on what they do best in one of the most comfortable, supportive environments in the world.

If you’re looking to be part of the energy in Calgary, look no further than the creative industry sector.

With the fastest growing population of major cities in Canada and the country’s highest level of household spending on recreation and culture, Calgary is a hub for thriving performing and visual artists, filmmakers and musicians.

View the Creative Industries density map.

Film & TV

“Alberta, simply put, is a film and television maker’s dream”

 

-Anson Mount, Hell on Wheels, Thank You Letter to Calgary, July 2016

As Canada’s fourth largest filming jurisdiction, Calgary is home to award-winning talent and crews, world-renowned locations, and a purpose-built film studio. It’s no wonder Calgary is a location of choice for local, national and international filmmakers who are inspired to bring their stories to the world – and the podium.

In the last 15 years, Alberta-shot films have won more Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmy awards than any other province in Canada

-(IMDb, 2017)

 

Calgary-based film and TV productions:

Films

TV Series

The Revenant

Heartland

Interstellar

Fargo - Seasons 1, 2 & 3

Brokeback Mountain

Tin Star

Inception

Hell on Wheels

The Bourne Legacy

 Wynonna Earp - Seasons 1, 2 & 3

 

Bring your production to Calgary – we’ve got you covered

The Calgary Film Centre has your production covered, with 50,000 square feet of purpose-built sound stages and 35,000 square feet of workshop and warehouse space. Co-located with anchor tenant William F. White, Canada’s largest provider of professional motion picture, television, digital media and theatrical production equipment, the Calgary Film Centre is equipped to service year-round productions.

Industry Partners
Incentives
82%

Calgary is responsible for 82 per cent of Alberta’s total Film & TV production spend

Digital Media

As the application of knowledge and technology play an increasingly critical role in the digital economy, Calgary is ideally positioned to become a center of excellence in digital media.  

 

With access to a workforce highly educated in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), a growing ecosystem of world-class digital media firms and the largest number of head offices per capita in the country, Calgary is built for strong growth in digital media.

 

By 2020, Calgary will be recognized as a center of excellence for digital advertising and e-learning. Drawing on its strong legacy of award-winning screen production, Calgary is also poised for growth in visual effects and post-production.

Music

Calgary’s music scene doesn’t skip a beat.

 

From Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, an international hub for music and technology greeting visitors from around the world, to innovative home studios launching local talent, Calgary’s music sector is thriving. The city is buzzing with an eclectic array of songwriters, composers, agents, managers, publicists, labels, recording studios, live music venues and festivals covering every genre of music from country to hip hop and everything in between.

For a list of popular festivals and venues visit lifeincalgary.ca.

 

Unions and Guilds

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Luke Azevedo

Luke Azevedo

Commissioner, Film, Television & Creative Industries

Office Phone: (403) 221-7868

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