“Given the stature of these publications, I think that producers from big hubs like Toronto and LA will now start to see a new alternative region to film their next project and hopefully bring some bigger projects to Northern Ontario,” said Anselmo of NOFS.
“It means quite a lot not only for us but for the Northern Ontario film and television industry. These publications are read by everyone who works in this industry here in Canada and in the United States.
“We knew that if we wanted to be taken seriously, we'd have to get the attention of these publications. Their stature in the film and television industry is huge and having them recognize NOFS as a film and television studio is paramount to our success.”
NOFS is the only studio of its size currently in the region, and one of the first infrastructure projects for the industry in Northern Ontario, Anselmo said. Thanks to Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation funding making the region attractive, more and more projects are travelling north. It's good for the growing film industry in Greater Sudbury, and the city as a whole.
“Since we opened our doors in July of this year, NOFS has directly as producers or indirectly as service providers of equipment and studio space, been involved in five feature film and television projects amounting to a direct economic impact of $7.5 million to the City of Greater Sudbury,” Anselmo said. “This impacts hits every corner of the community, from hiring hundreds of local crew members, to catering companies, hotels, car rental companies, restaurants and building supply companies. The film industry does affect a community as a whole.”