Other than its stunning gardens, Victoria in Canada’s British Columbia is also a perfect mix of traditional English culture and a youthful lifestyle, which gives it a chameleon-like quality for film shoots
Victoria, the capital of the British Columbia region in Canada, is also known as the City of Gardens. Acknowledged for its beautiful gardens, coastline, forests, beaches and lakes, the city is visited by hordes of tourists. This postcard pretty place is also identified as North America’s most ‘English’ city – ship-shape gardens, Union Jack flag posts and residents celebrating warm afternoons sipping tea.Victoria is a unique blend of old-world charm and new-world experiences. As an island destination, it offers visitors an escape from the hurried world. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure and authentic culinary experiences.But it is the new generation that has taken over the city, outshining the old English culture in favour of discotheques, lounges, cinemas, resto-bars and wooden-floor coffee joints that are thronged by youngsters and tourists. The English mores can still be seen in the form of heritage buildings, castles and schools built during that period.All this combined with plenty of space and services rendered by local production studios make it tranquil for any kind of filming – a romantic evening, to deadly action sequences, to an anecdote of yesteryears – the city has multiple personalities that helps it morph into anything and everything. Victoria has a temperate climate with mild, rainy winters and cool, dry and sunny summers.
WHY FILM IN VICTORIA?
Breathtaking locales – castles, museums, houses, Comox valley, small town, forests, schools, seashores, streets and alleys, parks – the list is endless. Victoria is a cosmopolitan city with a small-town atmosphere and mix of both English and Canadian cultures. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, marked by edgy mountains and Victorian architecture, the city has a world reputation for the presence of colourful flowers and for being ecofriendly and safe.
Facilities & Studios
Bay Film Studios and Island Industrial FX provide film and video production facilities. From studio space, to built-to-specification locations, to lighting packages, professional equipment and crew, they make it all available to the foreign filmmakers. These studios make production hassle-free in a professional environment.
All municipalities in Victoria are film-friendly and expedite the permitting process whenever possible. Location managers are knowledgeable about local procedures, guidelines and any restrictions regarding sensitive locations or other areas of concern. Also, they are best-equipped personnel to deal with the various city departments, film policies and officials.
Foreign productions in British Columbia can access a variety of provincial and federal tax credit programs. And through this, a producer can combine them to access exceptional savings.
British Columbia Tax Credits
The British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC) encourages film, television and animation production in BC and can be accessed by a broad range of foreign productions.British Columbia offers a Production Services Tax Credit of 33 per cent on qualifying British Columbia labour costs, plus an additional 17.5 per cent on qualifying Digital Animation or Visual Effects labour, plus a 6 per cent Regional Tax Credit bonus on qualifying regional labour. For Commercials, British Columbia offers a 5-per cent tax rebate for foreign productions.
Canadian Federal Tax Credit
The Canadian Federal Government’s Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC) is primarily for foreign production and is a labour-based tax incentive that provides refundable tax credits to Canadian or international film and television production corporations that have incurred eligible labour costs in British Columbia.The PSTC is designed to enhance Canada as a location of choice for film and video productions employing talented Canadians, as well as strengthening the industry and securing investment. The Federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit is primarily for foreign productions (although domestic producers can also apply) and is 16 per cent of qualified labour expenditures. This refundable tax credit has no cap on the amount which can be claimed and is available to taxable Canadian corporations or foreign-owned corporations with permanent establishments in Canada.