The Regional District of North Okanagan is once again supporting the Okanagan Film Commission. The Board approved providing $33-thousand dollars to film and movie production in the North Okanagan, though the Commission was seeking $35-thousand. Chair Bob Fleming says Enderby is providing $11-hundred on it’s own and the five electoral areas have also stepped up. “The five electoral areas have decided to contribute $2,000 which then brings that up to $35,000. The electoral areas are also looking at either becoming part of that service or more likely providing their own grant service to that function.” Fleming says more TV and film productions are finding their way to our area. “Some of that is clearly going on in our area so I think the Directors felt it was time to step in. We’ve had individual contributions in the past from electoral areas from discretionary funds, but this might formalize it a bit more.” Fleming says the value of helping to support the industry is becoming very obvious. “Anybody who has looked around, there’s been a couple that have been shot locally. Silver Star had the Kia ad shot there and you can see Silver Star in it so there’s clearly been a lot of activity around here and I think people realize the benefit of that.” Vernon, Coldstream and Armstrong contributed a combined $33-thousand last year as well. It’s not certain yet if Lumby or Spallumcheen will contribute this year.
Don Quixote Note:
2016 Film Commission Requisition: Function 400 (Land & Improvements.)
Vernon $25,438 75.3%
Coldstream $ 6,210 18.4%
Armstrong $ 2,148 6.3%
Total $ $33,796 ($796 or 2.5% overhead charge)