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Film, video, and digital media are the centre of a growing and dynamic industry in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Participation from local residents in the NWT is increasing and there are a number of projects currently in production. Experienced television and film professionals are available to offer their services and expertise to visiting production companies.
While statistics on the NWT film industry are limited, the growing economic force of the NWT film and media arts industry was documented in a 2011 sector study, A Review of Film Commission Mandates (Outcrop Communications Ltd., 2011). The study found that film and digital media activities, including website design, annually contribute about $9 million to the NWT economy. This includes about $5 million in wages. More than 100 people are estimated to be employed full time in the NWT film and media arts industry.
The NWT has also enjoyed some notable successes in attracting investment. Documentaries and television-based reality shows make up the majority of filming activity in the NWT for out-of-territory productions. In recent years there has been an increase in interest from television drama series and feature length fi lm productions. These types of productions have very positive impacts on several sectors of the NWT economy, and create employment and training opportunities for local film industry members.
Visit the NWT Film Commission website for more information on this sector at: http://www.nwtfilm.com/
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