Film Industry

Hope has been a premier filming destination for decades and earned its fame in 1981 when Rambo: First Blood was filmed in and around the community.  To this day, thousands of visitors flee to our community, also referred to as the original Hollywood North, to reminisce in the famous scenes that were filmed downtown, at the Othello Tunnels, and more. Hope has built a vibrant film production economy and has hosted over twenty feature films, TV shows, and documentaries filmed in the community, many of which are notable Hallmark films. Hope is less than two hours from Metro Vancouver and has a streamlined permitting process to ensure filming with ease. The community offers awe-inspiring views of mountains, cascades, canyons, rock faces, tunnels, and much more. 

Film production in British Columbia is supported through CreativeBC – an independent agency that brings a strategic and integrated approach to the growth and development of the province’s creative industries.

CreativeBC is the single point of access for:

  • Production support
  • Industry programming
  • Funding & Tax credit administration
  • International marketing
  • Policy development

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The District of Hope regulates and administers the permitting process to film within town boundaries. Please note there are different requirements when filming in BC Parks, Regional Parks, or on Provincial Roadways. 

To film within the District of Hope, the following is required:

  • Obtain a film permit through the District of Hope
  • Obtain Business license through the District of Hope
  • Provide proof of insurance, including a minimum of $5,000,000 in liability coverage to the District of Hope
  • Submit a damage deposit to the District of Hope, dependent on scope of work.
  • If assistance is required from the District of Hope for certain requirements, such as street closures, moving picnic tables or benches etc., the District of Hope will invoice the applicant accordingly.
  • A production schedule, with associated locations, must be submitted to the District of Hope. This is necessary to obtain approval to use public right of ways and/or property.
  • Complete AdvantageHOPE’s Wrap Sheet once filming is complete. The data collected helps keep our community film-friendly!

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