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Why Make Movies in Toronto?

19 DEC 2012
Career Path : Arts and Entertainment

Toronto, with its cold Canadian climate may not seem like a first choice for filming. However, producers and film planners will find a multitude of advantages in Canada’s giant municipality, from a talent pool trained in first class film schools in Canada and around the world, to excellent tax incentives.


Toronto’s varied architecture allows for backdrops for settings of all kinds, from Victorian period pieces to science fiction spy stories. For the American market, Toronto can pass as many different cities, and audiences are not as familiar with local landmarks, promoting suspension of disbelief, though clever shooting allows all Canadians but local residents the same lee way, thus allowing the city to serve as everything from New York to Tehran. There’s also over a million square feet of studio, and all the filming equipment you could want ready for lease, rental or purchase. And though Toronto can’t promise the year round summer weather shooting of world film capitals like Hollywood, it’s a great place for winter or temperate climate settings, with a reliable quantity of snow, removing the necessity of costly artificial versions.


Education subsidies, just as available to film schools in Canada as any other program, create students less burdened by debt and ready to take creative risks, fueling innovation. Canada also has a world class educational system and access to the best technical innovations to most of its citizens, a product of a high standard of living, reliably meaning an educated work force with familiarity with the software used in modern special effects and animations, as well as post-processing. Relatively liberal laws regulating content protect producers from censorship, while government funded art grants mean that new graduates come with experience. Meanwhile Toronto offers generous tax credits, including potentially more than 50% on labour, if the production makes use of animation and computer aided special effects, but also a plethora of Ontario specific tax credits on various film related expenses, often around a 25 to 20%.


The hiring options in Toronto are vast. Not only can one easily find graduates from a film school in Toronto, but there’s also a 25,000 person labour pool of technicians, with excellent training and stable availability. Whether you are looking for a sound engineer or a lighting expert, movie producers can rely they’re getting the best that an electrical, industrial apprenticeship or audio school has to offer.


Finally, the Ontario government and Toronto municipal authorities have an active interest in supporting a film industry that’s fueled inside and outside of the province. As well as the tax credits, and subsidies for people who study in film schools in Canada, they make the effort to make shooting permits easy to achieve and cut down the time to receive the benefits of the tax credits, with promises to make the entire process straight forward and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is dedicated to helping film producers find all the resources they need.



Visit Trebas Institute for more information on a film school in Toronto.