Understanding Funding Sources and Tax Credits in BC

Understanding Funding Sources and Tax Credits for Film + TV Production in BC

When? Thursday, February 19th at 6:30 PM
Where? Pull Focus Film School (306 Abbott Street)
Tickets DOC BC Member: Free; Non-member: $15; Student: $10
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Are you a filmmaker in need of a better understanding on how to use tax incentives in the budgeting of your next project? Are you looking for financing sources for your next project? Join DOC BC on Thursday, February 19th as we present a workshop that will help you understand some of the financial aspects of tax credits and other incentives available for documentary and new media production in BC.

With special guests:

Betsy Carson, Producer

Betsy is an award-winning  producer/ EP/ director with over 25 years experience in documentary film and television. Recently released films include Occupy Love (executive producer)- director  Velcrow Ripper’s film on the Occupy movement, Waking the Green Tiger  (producer) –  dir: Gary Marcuse- about the rise of an environmental movement in China;  Surviving Progress, (exec  producer)  – dir: Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks-  based on Ronald Wright’s book A Short History of Progress; War in the Mind –  (producer) –  dir: Judy Jackson-  about post traumatic stress in the military and military suicide. Over the last four years she has also executive produced with Mark Achbar (The Corporation) three theatrical feature documentaries:  Fierce Light (dir: Velcrow Ripper) , Pax Americana (dir: Denis Delestrac) and Waterlife (dir: Kevin McMahon) and developed six additional documentary projects.

Current projects include Faultlines, a theatrical documentary by Nettie Wild and Uninterrupted, a public art project set to launch in 2017.  She has produced the feature docs of Nettie Wild  (FIX: The Story of an Addicted CityA Place Called Chiapas, Blockade, Bevel Up), and has also worked with filmmakers Gary Marcuse (The Mind of a ChildNuclear Dynamite, Arktika) and Hugh Brody (The Meaning of Life, Time Immemorial). The films she has collaborated on have won over 40 national and international awards and honours including  Genie and Gemini awards,  American Film Institute, Berlin, Hot Docs, IDA, Prism, Grantham  and other humanities and environmental awards.

Robert Wong
Vice President + Acting Film Commissioner, Creative BC

After working for several years for a chartered accounting firm in Vancouver, Robert joined BC Film + Media (now Creative BC) where he is currently the Vice President and Acting Film Commissioner. Robert joined the staff just prior to the launch of the film and television tax credit program in 1998, and has since played an integral role in the evolution of British Columbia’s film and television tax policy, including the recent enhancements to the tax credit program.

He is responsible for all administrative aspects of Film Incentive BC (FIBC), the Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC), and development funding programs.  As Acting Film Commissioner, he is tasked with marketing British Columbia as a destination of choice for projects and companies looking for a world class production centre.

Sherrill SirrsCMA (Certified Management Accountant)Finding a niche market and possessing a love for the entertainment industry, Sherrill began working with independent film and television producers in 1997.  Her practice is made up of primarily film-related clients and with dozens of film credits to her name, you can pretty much ask her anything about film financing and production accounting.

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