FILM INDUSTRY REELING AFTER PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT CUTS TO INCENTIVES AND GRANTS

Significant cuts to incentives and grants for Alberta’s film industry — made public by the provincial government last month — will drive away producers and creators, a panel discussion heard Sunday.

A panel with ACIAC shares their concerns as over 500 were in attendance at an Alberta Screen Industry Action Community meeting highlighting concerns the film and screen industry are facing following reductions in the provincial budget. Sunday, November 3, 2019. (Brendan Miller/Postmedia BRENDAN MILLER/POSTMEDIA)

Significant cuts to incentives and grants for Alberta’s film industry — made public by the provincial government last month — will drive away producers and creators, a panel discussion heard Sunday.

More than 500 people from the industry filled a convention room to address concerns about the future of film in the province.

There will now be a funding cap of $10 million per project, which is up from the $7.5-million cap imposed by the previous government. However, with a phase-out of screen-based production grants in exchange for a film tax credit, an over-subscription to the previous grant program, and an eight per cent drop in assistance on eligible expenditures, there wasn’t much hope in the room at the panel discussion.

Emily Barnett spoke about her career as a film worker and owner of a small film rental business. She hasn’t been in the film industry long, but she loves it. However, she’s torn between her home province and her career because the budget cuts will eliminate any room for job growth.

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