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3D movie shoot & cash for film

 

Ida Chong stopped by a Penticton ice skating rink Monday to announce funding for the film, TV and digital media industries.

As the minister of community, sport and cultural development revealed the dollar amounts at the Memorial Arena, the sights and sounds of a film being made filled the rink behind her.

“The province provides generous tax credits and funds organizations that support the success of BC’s  on-screen entertainment sector,” she said. “We will continue to consult and work closely with the industry in British Columbia in order to maximize opportunities going forward into the future.”

 

The funding recipients for 2012-13 are $1 million for BC Film + Media, $947,000 for the BC Film Commission and $275,000 for British Columbia’s regional film commissions. The Okanagan Film Commission in Kelowna will receive $30,000, as will the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission in Kamloops.

Jon Summerland with the Okanagan Film Commission, joined Chong for the announcement, as did MLA Bill Barisoff, Derik Murray,  executive  producer  for Network Entertainment and Richard Brownsey, president of BC Film + Media.
Also in attendance was a very special guest, the Stanley Cup.

Summerland thanked the minister and the BC government for seeing the value in supporting regional districts, while Brownsey described being in Penticton as a pleasure.

“This announcement is even more enjoyable, since we are here on the film set,” he said.

“Stanley Cup Odyssey,” an original 3D film set for theatrical exhibition at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, is being filmed at the Memorial Arena with the full support of the BC Film Commission.

It tells the story of a group of young men who play their regular pick-up game at the local arena with amazing skill and grace, while they share their own personal  favourite Stanley Cup moments.

The world premiere of the film will take place at the hall of fame in November.

Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton was proud to host both Chong and the making of the film.

“It’s incredible to have Ida Chong come to Penticton and make an announcement, because the film industry is so incredibly important to the South Okanagan,” he said. “It is an industry that doesn’t make a footprint and leaves money here.”



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