Overview

Alberta’s film industry is home to highly skilled film professionals of all crafts. We’re ready to help you connect to the talent and supports you’ll need to get your project made, on budget and on schedule.

Production set: Person hanging in the air while 3 people are pointing guns at him
Wynonna Earp courtesy SEVEN24 Films

Production safety and COVID-19

The Alberta Film Commission is committed to keeping production in the province safe. We make sure filmmakers have the ground support they need to keep their project safe and successful.

Find crew

The Alberta Film Commission can connect you to the resources you’ll need to fill out your crew – from DOPs, art directors and production managers to set designers, props masters and grips.

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Three people riding on horses while a production crew is filming
Heartland courtesy SEVEN24 Films

Unions and guilds

  • ACTRA

    ACTRA represents professional actors, background performers, voice performers, stunt persons and others who work in screen-based productions.

    ACTRA

  • Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) Alberta

    The Directors Guild of Canada Alberta represents key creative and logistical personnel working in the screen-based industries covering all areas of production, design and editing.

    Directors Guild of Canada

  • ICG669

    International Cinematographers Guild 669 (ICG669) is a branch of IATSE that represents over 1,000 members in Alberta who are involved in in filming, photographing, or electronically recording theatrical feature films, television and web series productions.

    ICG669

  • IATSE

    The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) represents stage and film technicians across Alberta through 2 local chapters.

    IATSE 210 (Edmonton)

    IATSE 212 (Calgary)

  • Teamsters Local 362

    This local chapter of the Teamsters union represents workers in screen-based productions including professional drivers and animal wranglers.

    Teamsters Local 362

Funding and other incentives

See the Funding and incentives for film projects page.

Equipment rentals

Alberta’s film industry is built from the ground up and is rapidly growing. Whether you are shooting a major motion picture, TV series, or independent arthouse film, we can help you find everything you need to get things rolling from established, globally-recognized equipment rental companies.

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Sustainable film production

Eco-friendly and sustainable options are available for services in the film industry, such as catering, electrical generation and waste management.

The Alberta Sustainable Production Guide can help your production find eco-friendly vendors and service providers as the industry transitions towards a more sustainable future.

Animals and wranglers

Alberta has always had a connection to our animal friends. We can connect you to trained animal actors and expert professional animal trainers with decades of experience working with everything from bison, bears and broncos, to pups and ponies.

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Person in a cowboy hat standing next to a brown horse
Let Him Go courtesy Focus Features

Post-production

Alberta’s film industry has everything you need to put all the pieces together and finish your production. The province’s well-established post-production community is home to award-winning post-production professionals that provide producers with world-class services such as:

  • editing
  • colour correction
  • soundtrack and music composition
  • visual effects
  • automated dialogue replacement (ADR)
  • walla
  • folly
  • and more

The Alberta Post Production Association can help you find a qualified post-production facility to help get your project finished.

Work permits for foreign workers

In most cases, Canadian employers in film and entertainment must get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order to hire temporary foreign workers. The foreign worker you hire will also need a Citizenship and Immigration work permit to work in Alberta.

Find out more about foreign workers

Location permits

If you are looking to film in one of Alberta’s cities, provincial parks or national parks, see the location permits section on the Filming locations page.

Online resource directory

The online resources directory showcases Alberta’s screen-based industry workforce and support service companies to producers considering filming in our province.
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We encourage all industry professionals to register, including pre-production resources, production staff and technical crew, producers and production companies, equipment and stages, post-production facilities, and support services. Listings are free to create and the online application typically takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

Register now

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact our office at [email protected].

Alberta Film (the “Commission”) provides this information solely for your convenience. While every effort is made to keep such information accurate and up to date, the Commission does not certify the authenticity of information that originates from third parties. The Commission assumes no liability for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information contained herein from whatever source nor shall the Commission be liable for any other consequences from any such reliance. The Commission will correct errors and omissions when they come to our attention and we welcome all parties to inform us of possible errors and omissions: [email protected].

 

Woman pointing finger next to a man wearing a ball cap and blue jacket
Land courtesy Focus Features

The resiliency of our crew in Calgary was spectacular. I can’t even imagine if I had brought a crew from somewhere else. Every environment is unique and you guys have epic beauty and epic weather.

Allyn Stewart
Land producer

Get in touch

If you are wondering if Alberta is right for your next project, give us a call or send us a message.

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