Film & Television productions across British Columbia had a ratings war of a different kind as they lined up against one another in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank: The Reel Thanksgiving Challenge 2016!

This year industry sponsors supported local productions to raise a grand total of $156,830.00 in funds and food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. This breaks all previous records and goes to show the great support and generosity our industry provides to the community. Here are the winning top 5 productions:

1. Arrow cash raised $33,735 food value $3,537.50 (1,415 lbs.) Total: $37,272.50

2. The Magicians cash raised $15,900 food value $1,027.50 (411 lbs.) Total: $16,927.50

3. Timeless cash raised $10,236 food value $2,830 (1,132 lbs.) Total: $13,066.00

4. Lucifer cash raised $9,933 food value $2,957.50 (1,183 lbs.) Total: $12,890.50

5. The Romeo Section cash raised $8,090 food value $0 (0 lbs.) Total: $8,090.00

Funds Raised – $143,625!
Food Raised – 5282 pounds at $2.50/lb. = $13,205!

The two-week fund and food-raising challenge eclipsed the previous three year's fundraising totals to inject a bit of fun into a busy filming schedule. 2016 was the 4th annual Reel Thanksgiving Challenge. Previously, in 2015 we raised $87,133.50 in much needed funds and food; in 2014 we raised $63,652.40 and in and in 2013 we raised $55,551.75.

Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, says: "We are excited that the film and television industry is again choosing to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank through the Reel Thanksgiving Challenge. The enthusiasm and generosity of the various production participants is simply amazing, and will go a long way in making a difference to the lives of the 26,500 people we help every week."

TV Series "Arrow" picked up this year’s industry win after pulling in an astounding $37,272.50 in funds and food donations, blowing away the competition….

Thank you to everyone who supported this awesome campaign. Hope to see you all again next year.


This year we are expanding the Union only Sponsor Days to include other industry organizations. Unions, Industry Organizations, Producers and Vendor Companies are all encouraged to sponsor. The following sponsors will provide a minimum of $1000 to the production with the highest single day money donations from 09:00 to 17:00 hours:

Monday September 26: The Crossing Studios $1000 [winner: ARROW]
Tuesday September 27: William F. White International Inc. & The Bridge Studios $2000 [winner: ARROW]
Wednesday September 28: Vancouver Film Studios $1000 [winner: ARROW]
Thursday September 29: Sim Digital $1000 [winner: LUCIFER]
Friday September 30: North Shore Studios $1000 [winner: WHEN CALLS THE HEART]
Monday October 3: The DGC & UBCP/ACTRA $2000 [winner: THE ROMEO SECTION]
Tuesday October 4: IATSE 891 & IATSE 669 $2000 [winner: ARROW]
Wednesday October 5: Teamsters 155 & Cool Air Rentals $2000 [winner: THE MAGICIANS]  
Thursday October 6: Entertainment Partners & Canada Film Capital $2000 + IATSE International $5000 [winner: ARROW] 
Friday October 7: Western One & Sunbelt Rentals $2000 [winner: TIMELESS] 


Follow and promote the challenge through social media via #ReelThanks16, so look for us on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you.

Directors Guild of Canada BC & Greater Vancouver Food Bank