Film & Television Production
Atlantic Canada’s centre for film and television production.
Make your next film in Nova Scotia. Located on Canada's Atlantic coast, Nova Scotia offers diverse and spectacular locations.
Whether your film or television project requires urban sophistication, small town ambiance, or miles of unspoiled coastline, Nova Scotia has it all. Nova Scotia has been an in-demand location for regional and international filmmakers for decades.
- Direct flights to Europe and select US cities make Nova Scotia a location of choice
- Nova Scotia offers stunning locations that include picturesque fishing villages, majestic highlands, modern cities, small towns, farmlands and more
- A competitive Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund worth up to 32% of eligible Nova Scotia costs can be combined with federal tax credits
- The Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program can bring your animated or live-action TV series to life
- Nova Scotia has the talent, crews, resources and support to facilitate a wide range of film and television productions
With over a century of history in filmmaking, the province has been home to a wide variety of productions, including popular TV shows, movies and feature films like:
- This Hour Has 22 Minutes
- Mr. D
- The Book of Negroes
- Trailer Park Boys
- Jesse Stone
- Stephen King's Bag of Bones
- Lizzie Borden Chronicles
- Hobo With a Shotgun
- Margaret's Museum
- K 19 The Widow Maker
- The Shipping News
In addition to breath-taking landscapes, Nova Scotia offers several funding programs that make Nova Scotia a competitive location for local and international filmmakers.
Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund
The Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund provides funding for screen-based content creation. To be eligible, organizations must have a permanent establishment in the province and be engaged primarily in the creation of film/video productions for public viewing. Learn more about the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund.
Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program
The Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund, through the Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program, is designed to finance Nova Scotian animated and/or live-action television productions. Eligible productions could receive an equity investment of up to $300,000, to a maximum of 20% of the project's total budget. Learn more about the Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program.
Digital Animation Tax Credit
The Digital Animation Tax Credit (DATC) is a refundable tax credit for costs directly related to the development of digital animation in Nova Scotia. With this tax credit, Nova Scotia can provide an incentive of up to 60% on labour associated with the project. Learn more about the Digital Animation Tax Credit.
Film Industry Tax Credit
The Film Industry Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for costs directly related to the production of films in Nova Scotia. Please note: The Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit (FITC) ended on June 30, 2015 for film and television production. On July 1, 2015, a new Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund began. Productions that commenced principal photography before July 1, 2015 will receive the Film Industry Tax Credit based on current rules. Learn more about how to submit applications (for projects that commenced principal photography before July 1, 2015).
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)
The CPTC encourages Canadian programming and the development of an active domestic production sector. This fully refundable tax credit is available at a rate of 25% of the qualified labour expenditures for an eligible production. Learn more about the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)
The PSTC enhances Canada as a location of choice for film and video productions that employ Canadians. It is available at a rate of 16% for qualified Canadian labour expenditures on an accredited production. Learn more about the Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit.
Film Fund Estimator
Use this quick estimating tool to see how much a project can receive through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund.