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Calgary Film studio

Revised plan for movie facility gets boost from provincial funds

Calgary will soon be getting its own film studio thanks to $5 million in government funding.

The $23-million project currently known as Calgary Film Studios is an overhauled version of Calgary Economic Development’s 2013 proposal for a $36-million production centre called the Alberta Creative Hub that would have been built near Canada Olympic Park. The government put the kibosh on that plan because it was deemed too costly but approved CED’s latest proposal in an open bidding process.

The approximately 80000-square-foot Calgary Film Studios will consist of two sound stages a workshop and warehouse space. The location has yet to be announced though CED estimates it will open in the summer of 2015.

Alberta Creative Hub also had a $10-million funding promise from the City of Calgary. CED film sector specialist Luke Azevedo says CED is working to ensure the same amount from the city for Calgary Film Studios.

This will be Alberta’s second film studio. The province’s only other studio Film Alberta Studios operates out of Edmonton. Alberta Culture estimates Alberta’s film industry is responsible for $80 million in economic activity for the province every year. The Alberta Media Fund received 65 production applications in 2013. The government also says Calgary and Southern Alberta account for 80 per cent of all production dollars spent in the province.

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