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Film production booming in the Okanagan: Film commissioner

The Marmalade Cat Cafe was turned into a video shoot July 2 for an upcoming made-for TV movie.
September 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There's no end in sight for film productions in the Okanagan since the industry has been given the green light to resume in B.C. during the pandemic.

"There have been non-stop films and television being shot locally since the third week of lockdown and productions are booked well into the summer of 2021," said Jon Summerland, Okanagan film commissioner in a news release.

The Okanagan set an industry standard and continues to work with WorkSafeBC to grow from its initial strategies, he said in the news release.

READ MORE: B.C. film industry given go-ahead to restart productions halted due to COVID-19

"The economic impact of film production in the Okanagan in 2020 will be upwards of $35 million, which will surpass previous years," he said.

Movies of the week, like Hallmark and Lifetime films are booked and will be produced in the region into next year. Two reality TV shows and multiple features will also be produced here.

Current filming includes Romance at Crystal Cove, in Peachland, The Angel Tree, in Kelowna and Under a Lover’s Moon, Love in Romance, or, Love on the Vine, in Vernon.

For more information on the Okanagan Film Commission visit the commission's website.

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