VANCOUVER ANIMATION SECTOR PLANS FIRST ANIMATION FAM TOUR AND EXPANDS ANNUAL DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CAREER FAIR

A delegation of BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning U.K. animation studios arrive in Vancouver for the first Animation FAM (familiarization) Tour as local industry continues booming.

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse. Miles gets his Spider-sense. ~ SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG

8th Annual Vancouver Digital Entertainment Career Fair

When: April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East, Ballrooms A, B and C, 999 Canada Pl.

Tickets and info: Free at Vancouvereconomic.com

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film means even more global focus is turned toward Vancouver’s digital entertainment sector. The oft-reported pace of growth in film, TV, animation, VFX and gaming business in B.C. is indeed exceptional. Oscar love for locally based Sony Pictures Imageworks means even more business.

The global entertainment industry backs winners. B.C. has them. And there are a lot of plans in motion to keep the machine well-oiled.

According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, from 2012-2018 the VFX and animation sector nearly tripled from around $342 million to $960 million annually. The VEC projects that by the end of 2019 that figure will exceed 1 billion. These figures are preliminary as the final audits aren’t in, but little variation is expected. Setting right rumours that the B.C. film industry spending only recently surpassed Ontario’s, the VEC reports that it was 2012 when that happened (Ontario spent $1.28 billion versus $1.6 billion for B.C.).

VEC film commissioner David Shepheard and animation and VFX expert Nancy Basi discussed some of the plans in place to keep growing the industry.

First up is the first Animation FAM (familiarization) Tour. Titled the Vancouver-London Animation Business Exchange, it’s the first of its kind in the city’s history March 13-17, which sees representatives from such U.K. studios as Axis Animation (League of Legends, The Elder Scrolls); Lupus Films (The Hive Series, Ethel and Ernest); and Jellyfish Pictures (Star Wars) coming to Vancouver for a look around. This is the first outbound trip Film London has taken in five years. Shepheard previously was involved in the inbound versions of these FAM events.

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