Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Calgary Economic Development and a few big hitters from Alberta’s film industry are heading to Los Angeles to sell the town and region to film and tv producers.
The 2-day film and tv trade mission will see the Calgary delegation meet with film, television and streaming studios.
Gondek is scheduled to talk Wednesday at a movie and tv industry night on the Canada House, where upwards of 80 industry executives might be in attendance. The goal is to proceed to sell Calgary and Alberta as an excellent place for his or her next production.
Calgary’s film and tv industry is hot straight away, with recent productions Ghostbusters, After Life and the upcoming HBO series The Last of Us filming within the region. The mayor and Calgary Economic Development wish to keep that momentum going.
“Most Calgarians won’t appreciate the proven fact that we’re fourth within the country by way of film and TV. We made it onto movie makers’ lists of Top 10 locations to be if that’s your sector. So I believe once more, the more we profile what’s being done locally, the more people will appreciate that we’re already there,” Gondek said ahead of Wednesday’s trip to California.
“They see Calgary as a metropolitan location at this point,” said Luke Azevedo, a movie commissioner with Calgary Economic Development. “They see the region around us — the entire small towns throughout the jurisdiction, all the realm and the nice backdrops — as a chance. We wish to make sure that that as many parts of Alberta are successful with film and tv as we possibly can.”
On Thursday, the town’s delegation will meet with independent studios before attending pre-Emmy Awards Canadian talent celebrations on the Canada House.
The Calgary Film Centre is currently booked with back-to-back productions.
With files from Craig Momney, Global News.
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