New Film Commissioner for GVFC
By: infilm on 08/06/10

The Greater Victoria Film Commission announces that Film Commissioner Jo Anne Walton is resigning

from her position. Ms. Walton, who has worked for the Film Commission since November 2009,

tendered her resignation July 19 to accept a position in her hometown of Vancouver.

The GVFC Board of Directors would like to thank Ms. Walton for her contributions and wishes her the

best in future endeavours.

“Jo Anne has made significant contributions to the Greater Victoria Film Commission during her term. She has revitalized the GVFC and created a solid foundation for moving forward. We would like to thank Jo Anne for all she has done to put the Film Commission on the road to success,” says GVFC Executive Board Director Annie Wong-Harrison.

“It has been a great opportunity to work with the GVFC and the Greater Victoria film community. We’ve built an active new body of volunteers and board members, put in place industry networking initiatives for our 100-strong membership, expanded our marketing presence and kicked off a corporate sponsorship program to better connect business stakeholders with our film industry partners,” says Ms. Walton. “We’re confident these initiatives will continue to build a strong GVFC presence in marketing Greater Victoria as a fabulous filming destination.”

The GVFC is pleased to announce that Ms. Kathleen Gilbert will take over duties as Greater Victoria’s new Film Commissioner August 16.

Ms. Gilbert is a well-known member of the Greater Victoria film industry, bringing more than 18 years of film experience to the role. A member of the Director’s Guild of Canada for 13 years, she has worked on more than 65 productions, with over 50 credits as a location manager and 20 years location scouting experience in the Greater Victoria area. Ms. Gilbert was a vice-president and founding member of CineVic in Victoria, and brings non-profit experience in managing multi-million dollar programs for the Anglican Church of Canada. She most recently served as a director on the Greater Victoria Film Commission Board.

The Film Commission will be moving to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce on August 6th. The GVFC thanks the GVCC for its generous contribution of new office space as an Executive Producer – Gold Sponsor of the Greater Victoria Film Commission.