The Greater Victoria Film Commission is pleased to announce that Kathleen Gilbert has been hired as the new film commissioner in Greater Victoria, following the resignation of Jo Anne Walton in July. Gilbert is a highly respected local film industry veteran, with more than 18 years of film industry experience. She has been a member of the Directors Guild of Canada for 13 years, has worked on 65 productions as a locations manager and has 20 years of location scouting experience on Vancouver Island.
"I am very excited and looking forward to the challenges ahead and to building a very strong film community here,” Gilbert said. “We have many exciting ideas that will assist in making Greater Victoria a healthy and vibrant production centre while increasing the community profile of the Greater Victoria Film Commission. This year hasn’t started out quite as strong as last year, but we hope with some hard work from us that production will pick up.” The commission has also moved back to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, after redevelopment caused it to vacate donated Provincial Capital Commission office space on Belleville Street.
Gilbert's priorities include continuing to pursue sponsorships and other funding, developing "a sense of community involvement" in the commission and rebuilding the region's dwindling crew base. "I want to involve local businesses and get them excited about increasing film production. I also want to educate the community more about the economic benefits of film production and inform them about the services we offer." she said. "When a film comes to town and you're wondering why generators are running outside your house, you can call the commission and we can become involved."
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