Production Growth Fund supports films in Scotland

3 June 2016

Two new movies being shot in Scotland have received £750K funding from Creative Scotland’s £1.75 million Production Growth Fund.

 

The sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting has received £500K, while Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill has been awarded £250K.

The fund aims to stimulate growth in film and TV drama production and encourages international productions to come to Scotland.

Through its agencies and public bodies, the Scottish Government has increased support to the screen sector by 30% to £21.6m, compared to 2007/08 funding levels.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop (below left) said: “The Scottish Government and its agencies are working together to maximise the economic, social and cultural benefits of Scotland’s screen sector. This fund is assisting talented producers finance their projects, while investing directly in our workforce and helping to grow our creative sector.

“I’m pleased filming is underway on both productions. Film-making, animation and television production make an important contribution to Scotland’s rich and diverse cultural life.”
 

Natalie Usher, Director of Screen at Creative Scotland (below left), said: “The response to the Production Growth Fund has been brilliant and Creative Scotland’s Screen Commission has seen a huge increase in enquiries from UK and international productions.

“Since the fund’s launch in October last year, we have proved that the Production Growth Fund has significantly increased production levels and provided significant opportunities for Scottish craft and technical talent.”

Joanna Dewar-Gibb (below left), of UK Screen affiliate, Screen Facilities Scotland said: "As the local trade body, SFS represents and collectively promotes facility and service companies based in Scotland and we advocate and encourage local spending for visiting productions as this is vital to support a healthy local ecosystem of production talent. SFS welcomes all increased production activity in Scotland and Creative Scotland’s Production Growth Fund offers great opportunities to support more activity."

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