REEL Thanksgiving Challenge

The annual REEL Thanksgiving Challenge, benefitting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, returns for its seventh year. Which BC production team will raise the most money?

Thanks to a booming BC film and television industry, production teams across the province will compete against one another to see who can raise the most funds.

REEL Thanksgiving Challenge

From September 30 to October 11, dozens of productions currently filming in BC will compete to raise thousands to support our city’s food bank, which provides support for over 28,000 individuals and families each week in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore.

“Tens of thousands of cast and crew members in the film and television industry across the province are grateful to the community that we live and work in, and we wanted to give back as a token of our appreciation,” says Rob Larson, Business Agent at the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia. This is the seventh year of the challenge and we are now the single largest annual contributor to the GVFB.”

REEL Thanksgiving Challenge 2018 Winners Supernatural
[REEL Thanksgiving Challenge 2018 Winners Supernatural]

Last year, the campaign raised a record-breaking $214,879.70 in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, converting each $1 donated to $3 worth of food, thanks to its purchasing power and industry relationships. The top production last year was Supernatural, whose team raised a record-breaking $47,822.05 in nutritious food and funds.

Over the last six years, the Challenge has raised over $785,835 from the film and television industry, which contributed over $3.6 billion to the province’s economy last year.

“We believe access to healthy food is a basic human right. We are extremely grateful to the Director’s Guild and all of the participating productions, unions, sponsors and donors for their impact on the daily lives of people experiencing food insecurity in Greater Vancouver.”

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Participating Productions

When Calls The Heart
Project Blue Book
The Haunting of Bly Manor
The Magicians
Chilling Adventure of Sabrina
A Million Little Things
The Good Doctor
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Virgin River

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Industry Sponsors

Martini Film Studios
Sim International
Vancouver Film Studios
Sunbelt Rentals
William F. White International
Actsafe Safety Association
North Shore Studios
Canada Wide Communications


Union Sponsors

ICG 669
Teamsters 155

To get involved, visit REEL Thanksgiving online; follow and promote the challenge through social media using hashtag #ReelThanks19. In addition, visit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank online for more details.

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