Toronto’s Filmport Studios Are Booming

Toronto’s newest film and television studio doesn’t have any free parking places. That’s great news for the city as filming is up and the studios are almost completely booked.

Filmport Studios opened last year at the worst time possible. The Canadian dollar was close to par with the U.S. dollar and producers were staying south of the border. The dollar rates have changed though, helping Toronto gain more work.

Filmport is attracting a number of pilots this year as well as feature films. Both Atom Egoyan’s Chloe, starring Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson, and Love Child, starring Donald Sutherland are being shot in the city. Next month Brampton native Michael Cera will be shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in T Town.

The pilot market is looking rosy as well with Happy Town for ABC/Disney, Battle of Maggie Hill for Fox and two CBS/Paramount pilots, Back and U.S. Attorney all being shoot in the studios and streets of Toronto.

The Toronto Star reports:

“We’re definitely looking at 2009 being a better year in film and television production than it was in 2008. Notwithstanding the horrible recession that’s going on in the world, this is one sector in Toronto that’s going to be better off,” said Ken Ferguson, president of Toronto Film Studios.

That’s good news for the 35,000 Torontonians that make their living in the film industry.

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