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Film Coordinator will Support Burgeoning Sector in Cowichan
Duncan, BC - Economic Development Cowichan is contracting locally for a Cowichan region Film Coordinator.
The new Film Coordinator, Laura Jennifer Leppard, has worked extensively in Victoria and the Cowichan region as a film location scout and has a background in events management gained through her experience running Vancouver’s Stanley Park Pavilion, a popular location for film activity. Now a resident of North Cowichan, she also draws on her experience of the region’s geography and unique locations from her work as a local realtor.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to advance the local film industry and build relationships with the local stakeholders who support visiting productions,” says Leppard, who begins her part-time role with Economic Development Cowichan on April 3.
Between 2005 and 2015, film production contributed an estimated $24 million to the regional economy and generated $62 million in regional spin-offs. The appointment of a new Film Coordinator comes on the heels of several major productions being filmed in Cowichan during the past eight months.
The most recent production, Light of My Life, featuring Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck, drew unprecedented media attention to Cowichan in March and contributed more than $200,000 to the regional economy during its month long tenure at Elkington House. The production company behind Light of My Life also invested in remediating Elkington House and helped to rekindle local interest in restoring and revitalizing the iconic heritage building.
“With the increased interest we’re seeing in filming in the Cowichan it’s essential to have a knowledgeable resource person to assist the sector,” says Economic Development Cowichan Manager Amy Melmock. “With the tax incentives the Province is providing, the unique locations our region has to offer and the skilled film crews that are emerging on Vancouver Island, a growing number of film producers will continue to be attracted here.”
The Film Coordinator position at Economic Development Cowichan was previously held by Louise McMurray. During more than a decade with Film Cowichan, Louise McMurray acted as a liaison to visiting productions and helped establish the Aboriginal Film Festival. The new Film Coordinator will be charged with liaising with visiting production companies, local businesses and municipalities, adding new Cowichan film locations to the Creative BC website and working with regional Film Commissioners to attract new film activity to Cowichan.