Looks like it’s over for #savebcfilm:
Its fight for improved film tax credits unsuccessful, the advocacy group Save BC Film has called it a wrap, disbanding the organization in favour of other lobbying channels. The group announced the decision on its Facebook page Thursday.
The video above brings back some fun memories. The reason why #savebcfilm failed was because they refused to recognize basic facts about their film subsidy program that even this crappy blog did a thorough job of educating them about. In the end, their party shockingly lost in the BC elections.
However, I did believe that there was a way for #SaveBCFilm to win. While BC physical production was down, the cost of the subsidy program was swallowed up by VFX post production that was offered a more generous subsidy: BC would pay 60% of VFX salaries, but 40% of physical production salaries. What they should have done was negotiate some mechanism that offered the BC government some cap on the VFX subsidies and in return, remove the cap for physical production salaries.