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Buffalo Gal says tax credit helped land three films

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WINNIPEG film producer Buffalo Gal Pictures says it has inked a deal to shoot three feature films here this year worth a total of $50 million.

Company president Phyllis Laing says the projects are co-productions with Los Angeles-based Gold Circle Films, which made the Renée Zellweger comedy New in Town here in 2007.

Two of the titles have been green lit: a horror film, The Haunting in Georgia, to be shot this summer; and a thriller, ATM, to go before the cameras in the fall.

The third title, Laing said, is still in discussion.

Laing thanks Manitoba's upgraded film-tax credit for securing the deal.

"The province is trying to give us the tools to be able to keep what we've built," she Laing.

In this week's budget, the province announced that the film-tax credit was being bumped up to 30 per cent on every dollar spent locally.

This supersedes the 25 per cent credit Ontario instituted last year.

Previously the Manitoba credit applied only to in-province labour costs, though it went as high as 65 per cent.

Film production across Canada fell off sharply following the 2007 financial crash and the rise in value of the loonie against the U.S. greenback.

In Manitoba last year, film production declined to about $50 million from a high of more than $120 million annually.

The lone major shoot in Winnipeg currently underway is the Frantic Films TV series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

A French horror flick, The Fallout, is slated to begin filming late this spring.

Among Buffalo Gal's recent production credits are the TV series Less Than Kind and Cashing In and the movies Amreeka and My Winnipeg.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 25, 2010 D2

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