While British Columbia has been benefitting from a record-breaking year for screen productions (which injected a whopping $2.6 billion into B.C.), some of Vancouver's residents most in need of a helping hand will be getting a major boost from them as well.
Film and TV productions shooting in B.C. participated in the Greater Vancouver Food Bank's fifth annual Reel Thanksgiving Challenge to raise funds and collect food donations.
The various productions engaged in a friendly competition, which started on September 25, to see who could collect the largest amount of donations.
Among the participating productions were Deadpool 2, Skyscraper, Riverdale, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, The Flash, iZombie, The Magicians, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Exorcist, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Eggplant Emoji, The Crossing, and The Hunt.
In the end, The Man in the High Castle rose to the top of the list with the largest amount raised. Here are the top five teams:
1. The Man in the High Castle: cash $35,405, food $0 (0 lbs.); total $35,405.00
2. Life Sentence: cash $17,215, food $1,337.50 (535 lbs.); total $18,552.50
3. The X-Files: cash $13,436.75, food $140 (56 lbs.); total $13,576.75
4. Supergirl: cash $13,283, food $230 (92 lbs.); total $13,513.00
5. Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project (The Women of Marwen): cash $11,107.70, food $712.50 (285 lbs.); total $11,820.20
The total amount of cash raised was $196,280.23 while the total amount of food collected at 3933 pounds worth $9,857.50.
That all added up to a whopping grand total of $207,787.73—a record amount that surpasses the previous record of $156,830 in 2016.
Since the campaign started in 2015, a cumulative total of over $570,000 has been raised.
Industry ambassadors and GVFB president will present the winning teams with trophies and certificates on October 17.