SNP Government Pledges £250,000 To Boost Film Production In Scotland

SNP GOVERNMENT PLEDGES £250,000 TO BOOST FILM PRODUCTION IN SCOTLAND This latest contribution to the Production Growth Fund (PGF), a combination of SNP Government and National Lottery Funding administered by Creative Scotland will take its total to £3.25 million The fund provides incentives for major film and TV producers to base their work in Scotland, and T2: Trainspotting, Churchill and The Loch were among the first productions to benefit. Earlier this year Avengers: Infinity War was filmed in Edinburgh.

Figures from Creative Scotland suggest the £1.75 million invested in the PGF from its establishment in September 2015 to date has generated £17.6 million in economic benefits.

An additional £1.25 million was allocated to the PGF in December 2016. Piers Tempest, producer of Churchill, which received £250,000 from the fund, said: "With the support of Creative Scotland and the Production Growth Fund, we had an extremely positive experience filming Churchill in Scotland and it really felt like the natural place to bring our next film, The Wife" Patricia Gibson added: “Film and TV producers spent a record £53 million shooting in Scotland in 2015, an increase of £30m in the last ten years.

“One crucial initiative that has attracted major productions to base themselves in Scotland has been the Production Growth Fund. “These awards have resulted in a spend in the Scottish economy of more than ten times the value of the awards granted. “The fund has underpinned strong demand for Scottish film crews and our services, cemented trust in the excellence of our work and strengthened Scotland’s reputation as a base for big budget productions. It is attracting major productions to showcase Scotland and our breathtaking locations to audiences around the world, with clear knock on benefits for our tourism sector. “This is great news both for our screen industry and Scotland’s wider economy.” Natalie Usher, director of screen at Creative Scotland, commented: "The PGF has proven to be a significant factor in the increase in Film and TV production in Scotland. “Alongside continued support through the National Lottery and the amazing work of our Screen Commission and locations network, the announcement today of an additional £250,000 shows strong commitment from the SNP Government and is another welcome boost to the Screen sector.”

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