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Filming in BC Shatters Records

According to the VEC’s annual film spend research, the local film, television, visual effects and animation industries generated a record-breaking $4.8 billion in direct spending for the provincial economy in 2021 – a 40 percent year-over-year increase from 2020.

“We had expected the data to show a strong recovery given what we saw on the ground last year, but these numbers exceed all our expectations,” says Geoff Teoli, acting Vancouver film commissioner. “Pent-up demand from pandemic-related pauses may have been what drove spending this year, and while we expect it to settle back a bit going forward, it proves that Vancouver is capable of supporting a $5 billion industry sooner than we think.”

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'Pent-up demand' of pandemic pushes B.C. film sector to expand by $1.4B | Business in Vancouver | Sept 12, 2022

Hollywood North: BC's film and TV production industry generated a record of $4.8 billion in 2021 | Daily Hive | Sep 12, 2022

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