Funds for film group

The Municipal District of Mount Waddington has committed $500 to the North Vancouver Island Film Commission.

The Municipal District of Mount Waddington has committed $500 to the North Vancouver Island Film Commission.

Representatives, including Film Commissioner Joan Miller, from the North Vancouver Island Film Commission gave a presentation on their organization to the Regional District of Mount Waddington board at their regular meeting Feb. 17.

The Commission, which has been around about 20 years, provides liaison and location scouting services to film, television, commercial and new media industry representatives interested in filming on northern Vancouver Island, from Nanaimo to Cape Scott, including the Powell River Regional District. Their region covers 22,000 square miles.

The organization attends numerous trade shows, international cineposiums and federal trade missions. They develop and maintain an online location library database accessible to production companies world-wide. The database includes a huge collection of photographs of locations from all of Northern Vancouver Island.

The group had asked for $7,500.

“I had $500 available in my current budget,” said Regional District Manager of Economic Development Pat English.

Council agreed to give the $500 and revisit the request for funding next year.