The province is going to help out at this year’s Northern FanCon.
Jobs Minister Shirley Bond announced Friday $20,000 in funding for the “Creative Corner,” a new addition that focuses on skilled trades and career development at this year’s Northern FanCon.
“Northern FanCon continues to attract people from around B.C., showcasing the strong creative sector in British Columbia’s north,” said Bond. “This funding for the new ‘Creative Corner’ will provide young people from northern B.C. with an opportunity to learn about careers in the growing film and television industry. I wish the organizers of Northern FanCon the best of luck for continued success and recognize their effort to showcase the jobs in the creative sector as a viable career option.”
Bond was joined by Norm Coyne, director of UNLTD Media & Events, to make the announcement.
“‘The Creative Corner’ is a significant step towards building a capacity for film production in northern B.C.,” said Coyne.”We are absolutely thrilled to launch it to our regional audience at Northern FanCon.”
The Creative Corner will be based on a career-fair model, and will feature a selection of guest speakers who are film industry professionals, including screenwriters, directors, sound engineers and special effects designers. Visitors will be able to freely ask questions to the professionals at various booths, as well as attend a number of workshops led by industry experts. Special guests include Aaron Harrison, a prop maker and armour designer specializing in leather pieces who works on the series Arrow, among others.
In addition, the Creative Corner will also focus on key trades such as lighting specialists, costume design, and carpentry, among others, in order to give visitors a broad exposure to the many career opportunities within the film industry.
Northern FanCon is a film and television fan convention and entertainment expo, which started in Prince George in 2015 and has grown steadily, with 19,000 visitors attending the show to date. Now entering its third year, Northern this year’s FanCon will take place in Prince George May 5-7, 2017.