January 14, 2006

Victoria's Film Commission disapearing?

Recent reports of the demise of the Victoria Film Commission office may be premature, but not far-fetched. The commission fills a valued service to the film and television industries that come to Victoria but their recent loss of the top man, Barry Dodd, struck a blow that will be followed by the end of their current lease in March. Currently the funding that helps run the commission comes from a number of sources including A-Channel, local government and local businesses like The Travelers Inn.

The commission is instrumental in helping productions cut through the red tape that exists in a city like Victoria that is composed of 13 municipalities. In 2005 the film industry conributed nearly $24 Million to the local economy. I’ll try to keep on this story for you as it develops.