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Sean Garrity’s dramedy “Borealis,” Paul Gross’ Afghanistan war epic “Hyena Road” and Dominic James’ fantasy thriller “Wait Till Helen Comes” are among films currently shooting in the Canadian province of Manitoba, accessing Manitoba’s film tax credit program.

A pioneering province with regards to the introduction of a frequent filming bonus, Manitoba currently presents a competitive tax credit scheme, among the highest in Canada.

“We offer up to 65% on local eligible labour or 30% on local eligible expenditures,” said Manitoba Film & Music CEO Carole Vivier.

Manitoba-based outfit Buffalo Gal Pictures, a regular partner in both local and international co-productions, produces road trip comedy-drama “Borealis,” helmed by Manitoban artist Jonas Chernick, who penned and stars in the film.

Turning on a man whose daughter is going blind and travels to the North of Canada to visit the Northern Lights before she loses her sight, “Borealis” rolls in Manitoba from late September.

Buffalo Gal also takes part as an associate producer on Canadian actor-writer-director Paul Gross’ “Hyena Road.2 Set to begin shooting in Manitoba in late September, before relocating to Jordan, pic is a co-production with Ontario’s Rhombus Films and Paris-based sales and production boutique WTFilms.

Currently filming in Manitoba, ghost story “Wait Till Helen Comes,” toplining Maria Bello, is a Manitoba-based Inferno Pictures co-production with three Canadian outfits: Don Carmody, Caramel Films and Just Believe.

Carole Vivier put down the large demand of Manitoba for filming on its “highly experienced” crews and local film industry’s “excellent relationship” with both provincial and civic governments, which facilitates the acquisition of permits and access to services.

“We also have one of the largest collections of turn-of-the-century architecture in North America. Winnipeg’s Exchange District is a highly sought-after filming destination for period pieces, including the films ‘Capote’ and ‘The Assassination of Jesses James by the Coward Robert Ford,’ both shot in Manitoba,” she added.

In 2013, 64 film and TV productions enjoyed Manitoba’s advantages for shoots, a slight decrease compared to the 79 projects hosted in recent years.

“There was a slight dip in the production budgets due to the global recession, but things have since returned to normal and production volume has remained steady,” Vivier said.