Keeping Nova Scotia on the National Screen

first_img The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincialCrown corporation reporting to the minister of EconomicDevelopment. The corporation provides a wide range of programsand services to build the capacity and competitiveness of theprovince’s film, television and new media industries. Theprovincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada,regularly exceeding $100 million annually. For more information on the corporation and its programs andservices see the website at www.film.ns.ca . N.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Keeping Nova Scotia on the NationalScreen Nova Scotia will be home to at least 14 new television, film andnew media projects in the coming year. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation has approvedinvestments of just over $1.5 million in upcoming projectsincluding equity investments in 10 television specials, series orpilots and three feature films; development loans for atelevision special and a series; and investments in new media andtraining initiatives. Cumulative budgets on these projects will exceed $29 million with$22 million of direct spending in the province. “Nova Scotia’s film industry employs more than 2,000 people andacts as a magnet for new business, immigrants, and visitors,”said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage. “Theseinvestments build on that important capacity and also includetraining opportunities for those just entering the industry togain some valuable hands-on experience.” The film development corporation holds funding rounds three timeseach year — in February, May and September — when Nova Scotiaproduction companies have the opportunity to apply fordevelopment loans or equity investment. Loan and investmentprojects must have a firm commitment from television broadcastersin order to be considered. Investments in feature films require afirm commitment from a distributor. “The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation strives to ensurethat Nova Scotia’s film industry remains at the forefront of thenational scene,” said CEO Ann MacKenzie. “As a fundamentalcomponent of the province’s cultural industry, the film sectorcontributes to the creative and cultural vitality of theprovince.” “Being in a creative business in Nova Scotia is a wonderfulopportunity,” said Jay Dahl of Halifax-based Black Dog Films.Black Dog is receiving an equity investment for a half-hourcomedy television pilot for CBC entitled Cheap Draft, BadLanguage, Fast Cars, Women and a Video Camera. “My company has all the tools we need to make our ideas a reality – a talented workforce, great locations, and a businessenvironment that supports creative enterprises. The provincialgovernment’s film programs and services will allow me to grow mycompany in the coming years.”last_img

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