In a surprising twist that challenges the traditional dominance of Hollywood, MovieMaker Magazine has crowned Toronto as the reigning champion for moviemakers in 2024. The annual list, which usually features the likes of Los Angeles and New York City in the top spots, this year celebrates Toronto's emergence as the ultimate hub for those pursuing a career in the film industry.
A Triumph Over Tinseltown
MovieMaker's prestigious ranking considered factors such as the cost of living, overall happiness, financial incentives, and discussions with moviemakers and film commissions. Toronto surpassed renowned American cities like Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia to secure the coveted first position. This triumph follows Toronto's impressive rise from fourth place in 2023, showcasing the city's growing influence in the global film landscape.
Apart from being the proud host of the renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the city has become a staple on television screens worldwide. From Amazon Prime Video's 'The Boys' and 'Cruel Intentions' to Paramount's 'Star Trek' franchise, Toronto has become a sought-after destination for entertainment giants. The city's versatility is attributed to its expansive 2 million square feet of studio space and its ability to double for various locations across the globe.
Toronto's claim to fame extends beyond its studio space. The city has earned its reputation as a "booming, no-nonsense film and TV capital," employing a whopping 35,000 workers in these sectors. Notable filmmakers like Sarah Polley and David Cronenberg call Toronto home, contributing to the city's vibrant creative community.
MovieMaker highlighted several factors that contribute to Toronto's allure for moviemakers. The city boasts a robust union presence, ensuring fair working conditions for professionals. Quick turnaround times, rental facilities, and local film programs further enhance the city's appeal, creating an environment conducive to the film and television industry.
Toronto's success has not only elevated its status but also challenged Vancouver's claim to the title of 'Hollywood North.' The city's diverse landscapes and ability to play itself on screen have solidified its position as a global filmmaking powerhouse. As Toronto gears up for its own version of 'Law & Order,' the city's influence in the industry is set to grow even further.
As Toronto takes the crown as the best place to live and work as a moviemaker in 2024, the city's film industry continues to thrive and attract global attention. With a rich creative community, state-of-the-art studio spaces, and a commitment to excellence, Toronto's cinematic ascendancy shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you're an aspiring filmmaker or a seasoned professional, Toronto beckons as the ultimate destination to bring your cinematic dreams to life.