Action! BC Film + Media Assistance for 1999/2000
During the fiscal year 1999/2000, BC Film + Media committed to support the development and production of 79 B.C. film and television programs. The province's film development agency committed a total of $4.2 million to these projects through its financing programs.
"We are pleased to support such a wide range of productions that represent the province's growing domestic industry," reported Rob Egan, President and CEO of BC Film + Media. "I am encouraged to see the continued growth of B.C.'s domestic film and television industry," said Ian Waddell, minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture. "Supporting the domestic film and television industry is an important government priority. The domestic industry now represents 28% of all production in the province."
Through the Television and Film Financing Program, 11 television series received production support including the Gemini award winning drama series Da Vinci's Inquest (produced by Lazslo Barna and Chris Haddock), Cold Squad (produced by Julia Keatley, Anne Marie La Traverse, Matt McLeod, and Marlene Mathews), Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (produced by David Barlow, Ogden Gavanski, Charles Lazar), and the Canada-UK co-production The Magician's House (produced by Helena Cynamon and Stephen Garrett). Children's series include Scoop and Doozie (produced by Romney Grant), D'Myna Leagues (produced by Chris Bartleman and Blair Peters), Billy the Cat (produced by Herve Bedard), and Edgemont Road (produced by Michael Chechik and Ian Weir). Documentary series include the fourth season of Champions of the Wild (produced by Chris Bruyere and Michael Chechik), Legends of Hockey (produced by John Hamilton and Derik Murray), and Reinventing the World (produced by Heather MacAndrew and David Springbett).
Ten broadcast singles / documentaries received support including Britannia (produced by Trish Dolman and David Vaisbord), Dog Lines - Beachcomers of the Fraser River (produced by Lynn Booth and Brian Hamilton), Islands of Shadows (produced by Erik Paulsson and David Vaisbord), Mixed Blessings (produced by Hugh Beard and Brad Quenville), Murder in Normandy and True South Strong and Free (produced by David Paperny), Unless the Eye Catch Fire (produced by Hilary Jones-Farrow), The Saint Soldier (produced by Kathryn Newsom), Stopping Traffik (produced by Terence McKeown and Bette Thompson), and We Weave Our History (produced by Barbara Cranmer and Cari Green).
BC Film + Media supported the production of two feature films for theatrical release including Marine Life (produced by Arvi Liimatainen), and On the Nose (produced by Scott Kennedy) and the MOW Scorn (produced by Lazslo Barna, Chris Bruyere and Maryke McEwan).
Also through the Television and Film Financing Program, 44 projects received script development assistance totaling $338,912 in 1999/2000. Of that total, 34 projects received assistance through Development Program A and ten feature film projects were supported through Development Program B.
In addition, BC Film + Media contracted to provide production assistance in the amount of $998,000 to 11 projects through the Market Incentive Program. The Market Incentive Program was closed in November 1998.
The figures cited above relate to funding commitments made through BC Film + Media's Television and Film Financing Program (TFFP) and Market Incentive Program (MIP) and do not include activity through the provincial government tax credit programs Film Incentive BC and the Production Services Tax Credit.
BC Film + Media is a privately-administered, non-profit society established in 1987 by the provincial government with a mandate to expand and diversify the cultural industries of film and video in British Columbia. The Society gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture.