NIC in the News: North Island film industry optimistic about post-COVID-19 rebound

Joan Miller, the commissioner for the Vancouver Island North Regional Film Commission (InFilm), is optimistic about the future of the film industry in the region.

That's in part due to a high level of interest in industry training offered by North Island College, the Campbell River Mirror reported.

Here is a short excerpt from the article:

A big part of Miller’s optimism comes not only from the fact that the region – pre-pandemic – was showing growth in interest levels from production companies and she expects that to rebound once things get back to normal, but also from the number of people in the region who are taking advantage new training programs through North Island College (NIC).

“We developed these four pilot projects back in 2018, and we delivered eight cohorts of them in-person. They were very successful and people (who have taken them) have gone on and are working in the industry.

“Some of them are moving up into key roles.”

But when those training opportunities went dormant as in-class learning was cancelled, Miller sat down with the folks at NIC “to look into the opportunities to take some of that training and pivot it online.”

After being successful in a few grant proposals, Miller says, “we’ve now been heads-down for the last four or five months building programs that pivot to online and we now have three production assistant programs with 150 people doing that from our region. We’re really ramping up our local talent.”

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