Last updated on November 29, 2010
Tomorrow is a day off for my daughter, so we stayed up and watched Back to the Future. She’s never seen it before, and I try to inject a healthy dose of watchable movies into her diet of Princesses and singing high-schoolers. The movie’s better than I remembered, and a good time was had by all. After trucking her off to bed, I hopped online to check my email, and, after such a fine evening, my day actually got better.
Waiting for me was a message from Mark Cappello of Invisible Entertainment in Nova Scotia. For those among you who don’t know, the animation industry has been all but decimated out east, due in large part to a re-interpretation to previously existing tax-credit legislation. It ‘s a long story, and Mark’s promised to write about it. But for now, the good news:
We at DANS (Digital Animators of Nova Scotia) received this brief transmission from Film Nova Scotia this afternoon:
At a recent Treasury Board meeting, the following amendments were made to support the film industry via the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit:
– the production cost cap has been removed!
– the residency requirement has been changed so that employees resident during the production are eligible.
Further details will follow.
Film Nova Scotia
Sweet victory. In fact, complete and utter victory. We even gained the ability to ‘deem’ talent into the province and make them eligible on our productions (a critical piece that will allow us to rebuild).
Many thanks to everyone who supported our efforts, it was a hard political fight and a completely draining and frustrating experience most of the time. Copernicus Studios deserves full kudos for gathering the group of producers and organizing DANS. This is undoubtedly a midnight call from the warden to save us from the electric chair, and the best part is both Helix and Copernicus are sitting on Full productions ready to burst. Rebuilding will not be easy with the talent we’ve lost, but we at least have a shot now to be competitive with other regions in the country and we can rebuild the Nova Scotia industry.
Sweet victory. It’s nice when the losers win every once in a while.
Please spread the news around the province, we’ve waited a long time for this.
This is absolutely unbelievable news. Congratulations guys.