Seasoned production crew and super savings makes Canada’s beautiful and versatile province of Alberta an irresistible location
Alberta is located in Western Canada and is bounded by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, and the US state of Montana to the south. It is one of the three Canadian provinces and territories to border only a single US state and is also one of the only two provinces that are landlocked. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta.
From the rolling foothills to the never-ending Rocky Mountains, Alberta’s diversity and beauty are apparent from the moment you arrive. Banff, Jasper, Canmore, Kananaskis, Lake Louise, Drumheller and Waterton are just a few of Alberta’s more distinguished landmarks and resort towns.Situated between the Rocky Mountains and the plains, Alberta revels in a rich range of spectacular, diverse scenery. Thriving city centers are a short drive from ice-capped mountains, endless fields, lush river valleys and arid prehistoric badlands.
Its diverse landscape has starred as the US, Europe, Russia, Japan and the Arctic, as prehistoric, modern and futuristic eras in many Hollywood films.The province has over 20 standing sets and studios just waiting to host international productions. With large frontier towns, forts, rustic cabins and many more locations, Alberta offers ideal locations for filming. Nowhere else in the world will you discover such diverse locations within such a close proximity.Vibrant festivals, cool city nights, and remarkable adventures are obtainable in Alberta.
When shooting wraps up, you can relax and enjoy Alberta’s array of activities and locales. Sample food inspired by chefs from every background imaginable, enjoy a quiet hike in the mountains or dance the night away in one of the many pubs and nightclubs.
Alberta is home to expert crews that have been nominated for 48 Academy Awards since 1948 and have received 22 Emmy Award wins out of 92 nominations. Crews are highly skilled in working on North American, European and Indian film productions including small and large budget feature films, series, pilots, documentaries, made-for-television movies, lifestyle programmes and commercial production.
Alberta is one of the official best-weather locations in Canada, with up to 16 hours of sunlight on summer days. The province has a dry, continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. It is open to cold arctic weather systems from the north, which often produces extremely cold conditions in winter. Alberta’s temperature can change rapidly.
In Alberta, your savings begin with no provincial sales tax. Add that to the low costs of most services than you’ll find elsewhere, from crew rates to accommodation, lumber to groceries, and you have a very good bottom line.
The unique production incentive offers a grant against all eligible production expenses incurred in Alberta. The province will contribute between 25 to 30 per cent of all entitled expenses. This is equivalent to a 45 to 55 per cent labour-based tax credit. It’s level of contribution increases with Albertan ownership and the employment of Albertan key creative personnel. Alberta is also the only province in Canada that doesn’t have a provincial sales tax. This means you have more money to put on screen.
Canadian Film and Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)
The objective of the CPTC is to encourage Canadian programming and to develop an active domestic production sector. This fully refundable credit is available at the rate of 25 per cent of the qualified labour expenditure of an eligible production.
Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)
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 PSTC is available at a rate of 16 per cent of qualified Canadian labour expenditures.