Cash for Fan Con
Prince George, B.C.- “One of the most important sectors in the Province today is the creative industry” says MLA Shirley Bond. That’s why the Province has kicked in some cash to FanCon.
Bond says the creative sector is driving the economy, with nearly 300 television and film productions which accounted for direct spending of $2 billion dollars in 2016.
“When you think about what that does for the economy, it’s pretty amazing” said Bond “The British Columbia motion picture industry supports 25 thousand direct and indirect jobs and one of the things that is so important for us, is we are on the same time zone as Los Angeles and that makes a big difference for us.”
FanCon 2017, an entertainment expo, is slated for May 5th – 7th in Prince George and this year, there is an addition to the celebrity signings. It’s called “Creative Corner” and with a cash boost of $20 thousand dollars from the Province, Creative Corner will feature jobs in the television and film industry that are “behind the scenes”. Bond says Creative Corner will provide people with an opportunity to think about a career in the creative industries. “We don’t get the chance to showcase those kinds of opportunities for young people.”
The Creative Corner will look like a career fair says Bond and will have guest speakers who are film industry professionals “There will be screen writers, directors, sound engineers, special effects designers. Young people will have the chance to go right up to a booth and ask questions about what that could mean for them.”
There will also be workshops led by industry experts.