Film tax credit doubles, sunset clause removed as Manitoba’s film industry booms

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A rapidly growing industry in Manitoba is getting a major boost from the provincial government.

Major motion pictures like ‘Breakthrough,’ which hits theatres next month, are being shot around Manitoba. That movie in particular, starring Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, and Topher Grace, was filmed in Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, and Selkirk.

The City of Selkirk is becoming a hotspot for film productions, with companies like Netflix flocking to the area.

“All of Manitoba is doing well with the movie business, but out here in Selkirk we seem to be doing exceptionally well,” said Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson.

He said in the last 15 years the city has played host to shoots for more than 100 movies, shows, and documentaries. In the last couple of years, Johannson said he’s seen a real boom.

“We’ve made it easy in Selkirk to do movie business, and that’s a big thing for us,” said Johannson. “We’ve passed the right bylaws so when they come into town, they know exactly what they have to do, if say they want to close a street or they want to rebrand something.”

Selkirk isn’t the only place benefitting from the growing industry. Last week, the province announced it was nearly doubling the Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit from $16-million to $31-million.

See more at CTV News.

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