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WHO IS THE VPA?


Before the creation of the Vancouver Post Alliance (VPA), the interests of British Columbia’s post production industry were represented in the 1980s and 1990s by the BC Motion Picture Association (BCMPA) and then, beginning in 2002, by the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA).

In 2007, the Digital Animation & Visual Effects Tax Credit (DAVE) was introduced by the Government of British Columbia. This was a great first start in helping to bring more work to BC, but over time, it became clear that post production’s exclusion from DAVE was going to be a source of confusion in the converging digital media and entertainment sectors, as well as a limiting factor in the growth potential of post production in general. Stakeholders in the post community were keen to promote a change, and there were many in government circles willing to listen. Unfortunately, there was no single “voice” to exclusively present the case for Post’s inclusion in DAVE to the Provincial Government.

In the Spring of 2013, an ad hoc industry group came together to be that voice. Known at the time as The Steering Committee, this was the first iteration of the Vancouver Post Alliance. Only a few months later the VPA was officially established as a non-profit society, and its members simply continued the lobbying and promotional activities they had begun nine months earlier.

A milestone day came on March 1, 2015 when the DAVE Tax Credit was officially expanded to include eligible post production services.

Following this successful outcome, the VPA then shifted its primary focus to the promotion, education, and support of the many thousands of post production technicians and artists working in BC. This mandate carries on today, as the Vancouver Post Alliance continues to invest its energy and influence towards the professional growth of the talented people who make up BC’s exceptional post production industry.

Our Founding Members

(from Left to Right) Don Thompson, Suzanne Thompson, Randy Egan, Rick Cederlund, Menashe Arbel, Manny Pereira, Jonathan Shore, Bradley Goodman (not pictured: Paul Sharpe, Scott Watson, James Ilecic, & Curtis Staples)
 
HISTORY

HISTORY OF THE VPA

  • 2007DAVE tax credit introduced

    The Digital Animation & Visual Effects Tax Credit (DAVE) was introduced by the Government of British Columbia. Post production’s exclusion from DAVE was a limiting factor in the growth of post production in B.C.
  • March, 2013 Creation of the Steering Committee

    The first iteration of the Vancouver Post Alliance came together as the Steering Committee to further the interests of the post production community in British Columbia.
  • November 6, 2013VPA is officially established

    The Vancouver Post Alliance (VPA) was officially established as a non-profit society, it simply continued the lobbying and promotion activities begun nine months earlier.
  • March 1, 2015DAVE tax credits expanded

    A milestone day for the VPA and the post community when the DAVE Tax Credit was officially expanded to include eligible post production services
  • PresentVPA today & beyond

    The VPA is stronger than ever! With over 350 members, we continue to grow through our events, education resources and support of all things post production in BC. The future is bright and we look forward to all that comes next!
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