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Film & Digital

The film and television industry, including strong players in visual and special effects as well as post production, generates close to $1 billion dollars annually for the Toronto economy and employs 25,000 people.

The city has created an impressive infrastructure to support a booming film industry with more than a million square feet of dedicated studio space, a number of equipment suppliers, unsurpassed camera crews and on-screen talent, as well as the restaurants, clubs and attractions that make a day off inviting for the stars. A who’s who of Hollywood regularly makes Toronto a home away from home.

They come here to shoot movies and television series that are known the world over: Oscar-winners Chicago and Goodwill Hunting were shot here, as were Saw VI, Chloe and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World—the latter two emblematic of another remarkable new film trend in which Toronto stars as the actual setting for the films. The Flashpoint television series also starred Toronto—it was both shot here and used as the show’s inspiration city.

Simply put, the world thinks of Toronto as one of the best locations to make a film. And rightfully so. This is a city that has pioneered breakthrough technology. Imax was created here, as was the Maya software that, in 2003, won an Academy Award "for scientific and technical achievement", citing use "on nearly every feature using 3-D computer-generated images.” Today, as 3-D takes the industry by storm, the Toronto film industry is poised to play its part with new technological offerings and a prepared camera crew.

In June 2009 the Province of Ontario announced significant enhancements to its tax credits and simplified the rules around an already generous digital media and animation tax credit.  These changes along with the stability of the Canadian economy, the Ontario track record of delivering on its promises and the new seven-sound-stage studio—including the 46,000 square foot “megastage” operated since 2009 by Pinewood Studios—has the City poised for another period of solid growth.

But Toronto isn’t just a place to shoot movies, it’s also the place to see them. At the now infamous Toronto International Film Festival—the world largest public film festival—more than 350,000 tickets are sold, annually, for screenings.