Concept image showing the proposed location of a film studio at Camosun College's Interurban campus

Camosun advances plans for film studio, education centre

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.

Aerial view of the conceptual image of the proposed film studio at Camosun College's Interurban campus

Camosun College

Camosun film studio concept image

“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

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.

Contact information

Rodney Porter

Camosun College