With the help of $5 million in one-time funding from the Government of Alberta, Calgary will see its first permanent film studio open in summer 2015. The studio will be developed by Calgary Economic Development, in partnership with ComWeb Group and William F. White International.
The project, which will cost approximately $22.8 million to complete, will feature two purpose-built sound stages of 20,000 square feet and 30,000 square feet, with 18,000 square feet of warehouse space.
“We’re delivering on our promise to see a film studio built for southern Alberta here in Calgary,” said minister of culture Heather Klimchuk in a press release. “This move forward is good for the industry and good for Alberta — Alberta’s film, television and digital media industry was responsible for over $400 million in economic activity over the last five years.”
As every dollar invested by the government through the Alberta Media Fund in the film, television and digital media industry yields six dollars revenue for the province, the studio development will ensure the success and viability of Alberta’s screen-based industry.
While opening is slated for summer 2015, a location for the studio has not yet been announced.