Manitoba is poised to become a movie hotspot this summer as one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to reopen its film industry shuttered by COVID-19.
As part of the second phase of its reopening plan, Manitoba will allow film and television production to resume June 1.
“We are seeing a tremendous opportunity out of this terrible crisis,” said Rachel Rusen, CEO of Manitoba Film and Music.
Rusen said the province’s low number of COVID-19 cases has more film productions eyeing Manitoba
She said her organization has been seeing an interest from producers in others provinces wanting to come film in Manitoba, while major studios and producers from abroad are also looking to bring their projects to Manitoba.
“I think we’re going to see the same things that happened when SARS broke out. We benefited from large scale production work that wasn’t intended for Manitoba,” she said.
That could bring hundreds of people into the province to work in film.