February 24, 2011: Capilano University’s Bosa Centre receives generous funding from federal government

      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – Capilano University has received significant financial support of $969,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada to help equip its new Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation.

      The funding will be used to purchase the latest three dimensional (S3D) equipment for the centre, which is scheduled to open in July. The university will undertake S3D educational activities for students, and S3D skills upgrading for industry professionals – especially those employed in the field of cinematography.

      “We're absolutely delighted that Western Economic Diversification Canada has recognized the value of investing in our spectacular new Bosa Centre, which will ensure that students and industry workers are provided with the necessary tools for creating excellence in their productions,” said Capilano University’s president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Kris Bulcroft. “This generous gift will go a long way towards supporting our film and animation programs that are essential to their industry’s growth.”

      With a heightened use of 3-D technology, students and industry workers will benefit from the new equipment, which will include cameras, monitors, two S3D camera rigs, and other supporting technology. Other tools available at the new Centre will include a 200-seat high definition/3D theatre, industry-standard sound mixing and recording studios, an 8,000 square foot sound stage, picture editing labs, sound editing labs, digital and commercial animation labs, a teaching studio for cinematography, costuming studios, and two visual effects labs. As a result of this initiative, B.C. will produce graduates who are fully trained and capable of strengthening the province’s competitiveness in attracting film productions.

      “Our government understands the important role of scientific innovation in strengthening our economy,” said Minister of State Yelich. “Purchase of this equipment will ensure that film students and existing industry professionals in B.C. can thrive in this competitive economy.”

      Previous funding for the Bosa Centre has come from Nat and Flora Bosa, who donated $6 million in May 2010 (the largest private donation in Cap’s 43-year history), and from a $30.2 million combined contribution in August 2009 from the federal government (through Industry Canada’s Knowledge Infrastructure program) and British Columbia’s provincial government.
      These gifts, along with the university’s new degree in Motion Picture Arts, ensure that students will have continued access to quality instruction by film and animation industry professionals. It will also allow them to graduate with the full-spectrum of requisite skills in the creative and technical areas, along with business and entrepreneurial abilities.

      Capilano University has been a major player for many years in providing the education and real-world training necessary to build British Columbia’s thriving film and animation industries. The new Centre for Film and Animation will be one of the top film and animation teaching facilities in all of North America and a cornerstone for young talented filmmakers to learn and maintain B.C.’s position as a leader in this industry.

      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Currently, 573 international students from 47 countries are studying in 43 programs at Capilano. Capilano University offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca

      Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and represents the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

      -30-