Camosun College to receive $150,000 boost for on-campus film studio

Camosun College to receive $150,000 boost for on-campus film studio
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Camosun College's Interurban campus

The idea of an on-campus film studio at Camosun College could soon be a reality after the Government of B.C. announces a $150,000 investment for the school.

The province says this funding will help with educational opportunities for students in the B.C. film industry.

“This funding is a great first step in determining how students at Camosun College could benefit from a new film studio on the South Island through unique skills training opportunities,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

According to the province, the construction of a film studio could provide local hands-on training opportunities for Camosun students, particularly in the construction and skilled trades Ęącarpenters, electricians and plumbers.

“The investment from the B.C. government allows the college to further explore the feasibility of a film studio and sound stage at our Interurban campus and the exciting educational possibilities it could create for students,” said Sherri Bell, the president of Camosun College.

Rob Fleming, the MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake, says a new film studio could be Victoria’s foot in the door for international projects.

“This investment moves us closer to a future when the South Island can host the kind of major international film productions that require multiple sound stages and it may lead to new jobs for young people who want to pursue careers in the creative sector,” said Flemming.

In addition to the boost for film students, local trades could bid on contracts and businesses that provide support services during construction, such as excavation and hauling and delivery services.

This isn’t a new idea. In 2019, Camosun College brought up the proposition of a film studio at its 10-acre piece of land on the Interurban campus in Saanich.

READ MORE: Camosun College in talks for new Greater Victoria movie studio

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes has been pushing for a film studio in Greater Victoria for more than two years;  it was actually part of his election campaign.

“We can capture the opportunity to bring more big-budget movies and TV shows produced right here in Saanich Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training,” said Haynes.

The college is setting up an advisory committee that will help with the planning process and when completed, will evaluate the results of the plan to determine the best next steps.

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