Cape Breton Post

Film, TV fund gets financial boost


HALIFAX — The Nova Scotian film and television industry has received a boost, nearly doubling its incentive fund to $48.6 million.

Earlier this week, the Nova Scotia government announced it is adding $23.6 million to the province’s Film and Television Production Incentive Fund.

The money reflects the increase in the number of applicatio­ns for film production­s and the rising popularity the province is gaining from the industry.

In 2020, the fund supported 54 film and television projects with $26.6 million; 61 projects have approval for funding and there are more projects involved in the applicatio­n process.

One of these production­s is “Diggstown,” the Canadian legal drama which is in its third season. The show stars Vinessa Antoine as Marcie Diggs, a lawyer who left her corporate job to work in legal aid at a Dartmouth clinic. “Diggstown” has qualified for $3,755,583 in funding, based on eligible costs of $12,518,610, noted the release.

Laura Mackenzie, executive director of Screen Nova Scotia, said the industry has worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic to create medical-grade health and safety protocols on sets.

“It’s become clear during these tough times that Premier (Iain) Rankin has chosen to invest in an industry that acts as an economic driver for the region, attracting well over $100 million in foreign direct investment, which is injected directly into the payroll of Nova Scotians and small businesses that make up the heart of our communitie­s.”

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