VICTORIA – Film and television production spending in British Columbia rose by 16 per cent during 2011, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong announced today.

BC Film Commission data shows film and television expenditures in 2011 topped $1.188 billion, an increase of $167 million over 2010. A total of 281 productions were undertaken in B.C. in 2011 (35 more than in 2010):

* 134 foreign productions: 58 feature films, 24 television series, 25 television projects and 27 animated series or projects.
* 147 domestic productions: 19 feature films, 45 television series, 74 television projects and nine animated series or projects.

Television series ($504 million) and feature films ($447 million) provided the most production activity for 2011. Other television projects and animation accounted for the remaining $237 million.

Foreign feature film activity for 2011 increased 55 per cent over the previous year to $430 million. Visual effects produced by B.C. studios contributed much of this growth. Domestic production spending in B.C. decreased to $209 million in 2011 from $244 million in 2010.