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Okanagan film industry needs you; Hallmark Channel movies of the week to be filmed in region

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February 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

OKANAGAN – Those who aspire to a career in film could get their big break this year with as many as half a dozen movies of the week are being filmed in the Okanagan.

Hallmark Channel is producing between four and six movies with budgets of roughly $1 million each, including one that is being produced by Kelowna resident Iain Hittel.

Filming for The Plateau will be done entirely in Kelowna between April 11 and 30. Qube Films will also be filming A Snow Capped Christmas in Manning Provincial Park with a possible second Hallmark movie to follow, according to Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland in a media release

Summerland says the abundance of filming is good news for locals who want to get into filmmaking.

“We need crew,” he says in the release. “The Okanagan production schedule is ramping up to be very busy. In addition to the aforementioned productions and there are several other production companies in discussions to come here to shoot."

Those who are interested should sign up for Okanagan Film Fundamentals, a workshop aimed at helping aspiring filmmakers kick start their careers.

The workshop is at the Cove Lakeside in West Kelowna from March 3 to 6. To register visit Okanagan Film Fundamentals website.

You can also go to the Okanagan Film Commission website for more information.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

- This story was updated at 7:41 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 to remove the email address supplied by the Okanagan Film Commission which does not work.

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