Alberta’s film industry has had its best year on record however, due to a backlog in Alberta’s screen-based production grants and provincial budget uncertainty, that success could face dramatic change.
Damian Petti, the president of IATSE Local 212, the union that represents thousands of screen industry jobs including technicians, artists and craftspeople in southern Alberta, is very concerned with the current state of the province’s film industry and is calling for the government to live up to past electoral promises.
Petti says since February there have been a number of applications for screen-based production grants that have not been processed.
“It’s starting to create a backlog and we’re hearing from producers that they’re choosing to shoot elsewhere. We are already seeing hundreds of job losses.”
Part of the UCP’s campaign platform promised to convert the Alberta screen-based production grant into a tax credit. It also pledged it would consult with industry stakeholders.