Ottawa film industry soars to new heights, bolstered by growing demand for content amid pandemic

June 27, 2017 by in Industry News

It’s been a blockbuster year for film and television in Ottawa, and industry experts say the best is yet to come.

As an industry that was able to continue production during the pandemic, advocates say Ottawa’s film sector is bolstering the city’s economy and helping to support small businesses through a difficult year of lockdowns.The Ottawa Film Office, a local not-for-profit industry organization, calculates that live-action dramatic productions generated a record $15.8 million for the city’s economy during the first half of 2021 – a 12 per cent increase over the same period in 2019, the industry’s previous peak year. International networks that filmed productions in Ottawa this past year include Lifetime, the Oprah Winfrey Network and Hallmark.

Shane Boucher, a producer with film production company 1Department Entertainment Services, said he’s already working on his seventh movie this year.

“Because we were allowed to work with strict protocols in place, we were able to go into places like shops to film, which offered a little bit of economic relief to those businesses,” said Boucher.

According to the film office, 40 to 60 per cent of film budgets are typically spent on local goods and services. Ottawa’s combined film, television and animation productions generally contribute over $100 million to the local economy each year.

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