Screen Nova Scotia welcomes today’s announcement by Business Minister Mark Furey that the government will provide up to $475,000 over two years to replace film industry infrastructure that was lost earlier this year. This new funding, which will be administered by Screen Nova Scotia, will help create an innovative structure to promote Nova Scotia’s film industry, including location services and national and international marketing.
As we are all aware, Nova Scotia’s film industry is currently experiencing a significant downturn in business as a result of instability following the elimination of the former Film and Television Tax Credit. Since July 1st, a new Film and Television Production Incentive Fund has been in place. To date, a total of five productions have been approved under this new program. Absent from the list are large-budget productions that in recent years have fueled the industry and employed hundreds of Nova Scotians.
“This new infrastructure funding is a positive step forward," says Marc Almon, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia. “This funding allows us to put some of the building blocks in place that will help make Nova Scotia a viable place to do business. However, much work remains to be done to stabilize the industry and we hope collaboration with government continues so we can address these issues.”
Over the past several weeks, Screen Nova Scotia and the Department of Business have been engaged in a productive dialogue which has resulted in today’s announcement. The funding is the outcome of a proposal submitted by Screen Nova Scotia in October, which includes a long-term strategic plan focused on marketing and promotion, including a state-of-the-art web portal for locations and filming information.
“This infrastructure funding will help us better promote Nova Scotia as a place where talented crews make top quality productions,” says Almon. “It will give producers a single place to turn to for support and information. Screen Nova Scotia is looking forward to further dialogue with government in the weeks ahead to address the remaining issues facing our industry.”
The remaining outstanding issues centre around the relative competitiveness of the new Film Production Incentive Fund as compared to other jurisdictions; the overall “cap” on the available incentives, which causes uncertainty in the planning of larger productions; and the loss of investment in smaller projects, previously administered by Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia. Screen Nova Scotia will be addressing these issues on November 10th at the Standing Committee for Economic Development. Please note that while the Standing Committee is open to the public, seating is extremely limited so we will be live tweeting the event and sending our members a detailed recap immediately afterwards. Media will also be in attendance.
Screen Nova Scotia will present the in-depth details of this new infrastructure funding to our members at our AGM, which is scheduled for Friday, December 4th (time and location TBA).
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