BC’s Creative Industries Gather at the VIFF Forum To Kickstart ‘We Create BC’
Vancouver, BC – BC’s creative industries reps gathered for ‘Industry Hour’ at the Vancouver International Film Festival Forum to kick off We Create BC – an initiative to showcase and celebrate British Columbia’s vibrant creative economy on October 3.
Under the banner We Create BC, BC’s creative industries – from across film, television, digital entertainment production, visual effects, post production, animation, music & book publishing sectors — advocates are invited to communicate and demystify BC’s creative economy through social media www.facebook.com/wecreatebc and together build the story of the economic , social and cultural contribution of BC’s creative industries.
The launch event also showcased ‘I create bc’ video clips produced by the Canadian Media Production Association as an example of what industry partners can do to profile BC’s creative sectors.
“Together in BC we have built a remarkable creative economy that collectively represents $4 billion in GDP and more than 85,000 jobs,” says Peter Leitch, Chair of the Motion Picture Production Industry of British Columbia.
Leitch adds, “With more than three decades of growth across British Columbia’s creative industries it’s time for us to connect the dots to reveal the breadth and scope of our talent and knowledge driven economic engine. Thousands of British Columbians are invested in this industry’s success and we want to tell that story through We Create BC – it is ours to be proud of and to build upon for future generations.”
We Create BC is led and supported by a multi-stakeholder task force from across BC’s creative industries including the Canadian Media Production Association-BC, Creative BC, Directors Guild of Canada-BC, Motion Picture Production Industry Assn. of BC, the Vancouver Economic Commission and BC’s screen based unions. The intent of We Create BC is to inspire understanding, pride and ownership of BC’s vibrant creative economy in British Columbia.