Alberta Film, supports the growth, sustainability, competitiveness and business attraction of Alberta's screen-based production industries in three ways. Firstly, marketing, advertising & event management. Secondly, locations and logistics services including funding and facilitating scouting within the province and supporting film-friendly initiatives. Thirdly, industry development and alignment with government. Alberta is scheduled to open its first purpose-built film studio in 2016.
Alberta is home to “expert crews that have been nominated for more than 50 Academy Awards and have received 22 Emmy Award wins out of over 90 nominations, more than any other jurisdiction in Canada”. Crews are highly skilled in working on North American, European and Bollywood productions including small and large budget feature films, series, pilots, documentaries, made-for-television movies, lifestyle programmess and commercial production.
Alberta has been welcoming productions for decades. Recent high-profile examples include Oscar-nominated The Revenant, based here from September 2014-March 2015. FX’s critically-acclaimed TV series Fargo was also based here for series one and two. Other film and TV productions to have been here recently include Interstellar (which spent a month here in late 2013), 40 Below and Falling, Delmer and Marta, Diablo, Big Sky, The Dorm, Heartland and Hell On Wheels. HBO’s delayed Lewis & Clark mini-series production also shot here.
Everything you could want to know is at available to view at http://www.albertafilm.ca/locations/location-permits/. Full contact details regarding permits for locations shooting in Alberta Provincial Parks, National Parks, Calgary and Edmonton are available at this address.
The Calgary Film Centre opened in May 2016. The C$28 million facility offers three sound stages (20,000-square-feet, one 18,000-square-feet and one 12,000-square-feet) and expansion is planned for the coming years to enable the studio to host multiple shoots.
Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and plains, Alberta has a rich range of spectacular, diverse scenery. Thriving city centres are a short drive from ice-capped mountains, endless fields, lush river valleys and arid badlands. Alberta claims to offer locations that can depict “an array of time periods, landscapes and buildings including dusty western trails, frozen arctic tundra, graffiti scarred inner-city battlegrounds and war-torn deserts.” For examples visit this website: http://albertafilmlibrary.ca/browse/locations.