A recent report from Statistics Canada paints a picture of a dying film industry in Saskatchewan, with annual revenue falling to just over half of what it was in its heyday about a decade ago.
The operating revenue generated by film, television and video productions in Saskatchewan in 2017 was $21 million, compared to $42.2 million generated in 2007.
Meanwhile, Manitoba’s film industry generated a comparable $39.7 million in 2007 and has grown to bring in more than $100 million in 2017.
Life after the film tax credit
Saskatchewan’s film tax credit was eliminated in 2012, causing many production companies and film crews to leave.
“Everyone had to make the choice to relearn something else and stay in the province or move away and do the thing that they love, which is working on film,” said longtime set builder Danny Scavuzzo.
“Most of the people just packed up and left and it was kind of heartbreaking to watch some of the hardest working, smartest Saskatchewan people pick up and leave the province.”