Plans for a film studio on Camosun College’s Interurban campus with education components took one step closer to reality today with the posting of a Request for Pre-Qualification on BC Bid.
“Camosun is hoping to turn its vision of a commercial film studio combined with educational components into a reality with the release of a Request for Pre-Qualification,” explains Geoff Wilmshurst, Vice President of Partnerships. “The process is intended to result in an innovative proposal that benefits the college, students and the local economy.”
The Request for Pre-Qualification invites respondents to become pre-qualified to design, build and fund a film and digital media education centre in exchange for a 99-year lease. Responses will determine a shortlist of respondents who will then be invited to the second stage through a Request for Proposals from which a preferred proponent will be identified and enter into an agreement with Camosun.
Next steps include an all-proponent meeting later this month with a submission deadline of Sept. 30. Exact dimensions, size, layout, timelines and costs will be finalized with the input of the preferred proponent.
A copy of the Request for Pre-Qualification is available at bcbid.gov.bc.ca.
In spring 2021, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training provided $150,000 to aid Camosun in the exploration of educational opportunities for students in the B.C. film industry and the potential development of an on-campus film studio.
The film industry in B.C. generates approximately $3.4 billion of revenue annually with most of the work in Vancouver.