The creation of permanent, purpose-built soundstages in Calgary has been discussed in the film and television industry for almost three decades. However, in the past three years, through the leadership of Calgary Economic Development, the possibility of building this infrastructure in Calgary has moved from discussion to action.
As the fourth-largest filming jurisdiction in Canada, the Calgary Region/Southern Alberta accounts for 82 per cent of all film and TV projects shot in the province. Because of a lack of permanent, purpose-built facilities, this region has been unable to accommodate some major projects. Current film soundstages (including the Currie Barracks) are being demolished to build other residential and commercial facilities.
The Calgary Film Centre facilities would help mitigate these issues by providing permanent soundstages weather.
- 8.35 acres located at 5750 76 Avenue S.E.
- The Calgary Film Centre opened May 2016
- 50,000 sq ft of purpose-built sound stages.
- Includes 20,000 sq ft of warehouse space with an additional 15,000 sq ft of multi-purpose space (office, workshop/production, props, sets, wardrobes, etc.)
- William F. White International is the anchor tenant
- Alberta’s film, television and digital media industry employs over 4,000 people and is responsible for hundreds of millions in economic activity every year
There are a number of benefits to the Calgary Film Centre. These benefits include:
- Economic diversification: for every $1 invested by the Government of Alberta in the screen industries, there is a $6 return on investment, and this investment can also see spin-off economic benefits in sectors such as hospitality and tourism.
- Training and mentorship: the Calgary Film Centre will house a suite of programming and training in collaboration with post-secondary institutions, unions, guilds and associations. These programs will ensure that the next generation of creative industries professionals will get the training required to be a competitive candidate.
- Job creation: permanent facilities will increase the volume of local and foreign productions shot in Calgary, which in turn will provide increased job opportunities and mitigate the loss of crews to other jurisdictions.