Film Commission

The Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission is a non-profit organization and was established on December 18th 1984. Its mandate is to market and promote the locations, skills and creativity inherent in Victoria and Vancouver Island to the global film industry.

The Commission receives financial support from our funding partnersCreative BC, City Of Victoria, District of Saanich, District of Oak Bay, Town of SidneyTownship of Esquimalt, City of Langford, District of Highlands, local businesses, and our membership, whose generosity is much appreciated.

In addition, the Commission gratefully acknowledges the funding through Creative BC via the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Development.

The Capital Regional District of Vancouver Island
The film industry in BC has experienced tremendous growth over the past 20 years, leading to the development of a broad and mature base of support and services, consisting of skilled professionals, crews and companies dedicated to the industry. Just 35 minutes by air from Vancouver and 1 hr 35 mins by ferry, Greater Victoria is now ready to take its evolution in the film industry one step further and become one of British Columbia’s major provincial players.

Formed as a non-profit organization, the Commission has focused on developing the infrastructure required to provide necessary services and talent to the international film and television industry. The Commission now offers a full range of services for film producers and companies interested in using Greater Victoria as a location.

Production / Location Services
The Production/Location Services Department is the area of service within the Commission most familiar to film companies and producers. Commission staff and contractors provide assistance with the following:

Script Breakdown
Using the photo library as a base resource, the Commission provides complete script breakdown services for features, MOWs, series and pilots. Photo files are sent using ReelScout to the producers to determine if the Capital Regional District is the appropriate place to film the production.

Scouting and Surveys
Based on production and script requirements, the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission will scout and photograph specific locations that may not be on file in the Commission’s library.  The Commission may provide location scouts to accompany producers and directors around Greater Victoria in search of suitable locations.

Ongoing Support
Producers and Location Managers use the Production/Location Services Department for production research and information, location expertise, and assistance with other support and technical services. Staff provide assistance with contacting appropriate agencies regarding city filming permits, as well as information on trade unions, guilds, labour rates, studio facilities, post-production facilities and suppliers.

Photo Library
The library is continually being updated and expanded, and consists of key images from all over the Capital Regional District used in script breakdowns, commercial requests and ongoing production and location support. It is used internally by Commission staff and contractors, and externally by producers, location managers and other industry personnel. Click here to view our public photo library. If you would like to view our complete photo library, including private residences, you may make an appointment with us at our office during our business hours.