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Sudbury film industry needs northern workers — stat!

The film industry continues to grow in Northern Ontario, thanks to tax credits for films shot in the north.

Music and Film in Motion says it 'can pretty much find anyone a job with any kind of background'

Christina Tarini makes her living following film crews all over northern Ontario. (Marina von Stackelberg/CBC)
The booming Northern Ontario film industry is creating a demand for support staff. Everyone has to eat, and that created a business opportunity for Christina Tarini, who runs a food truck that feeds TV and film cast and crews. 6:17
The film industry continues to grow in Northern Ontario, thanks to tax credits for films shot in the north.

As more movies are produced, the demand for northerners who serve that industry grows too.

Four years ago, Sudbury's Christina Tarini gave up her catering business to operate a full-time food truck just for the film industry.
Make-up artist Meagan Edwards says people like her are being pulled out of salons to give them an opportunity to work in the film industry. (Marina Von Stackelberg/CBC)

Now she makes her living following film crews all over northern Ontario.

"I had no idea this industry even existed. This is great. It keeps me very, very busy," she said.

These days, she's prepping lunch for the cast and crew of Letterkenny, a TV show being filmed in Hanmer.

A makeup artist on the same TV set, Meagan Edwards, said she's fast-tracked her career with the opportunities she's had up north.

"We're pulling people out of salons and willing to give them those opportunities."

'Transferable' skills

It's Music and Film in Motion's Pierre Bonhomme's job to find those workers.

They're looking for boom operators and video editors, but also accountants and drivers, he said.
Music and Film in Motion's Pierre Bonhomme says they need boom operators and video editors, but also accountants and drivers (Marina Von Stackelberg/CBC)

"There is actually a crew shortage of skilled trained people. There's a lot of transferable skills.  I can pretty much find anyone a job with any kind of background."

There are about 75 positions that need to be filled in the region, Bonhomme noted.

MFM's Heather Dahlstrom agreed.

"We're always looking for people with skills that are easily transferrable into the industry — graphics, web design, social media management."

Dahlstrom added they are expecting up to 59 films to be shot in the region this year — the largest number ever.

TV shows and movies can get up to half a million dollars in government funding if they shoot in the north and employ local people on their sets.

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