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17/06/15 10:30

Incentivising film production

Proposals in development to give Scotland a competitive edge.

The Scottish Government and its agencies are working on proposals for additional funding and incentives to increase film and TV production in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said today.

Speaking during the opening day of the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Ms Hyslop said the Scottish Government and its partners are determined to do all they can to put Scotland on a par with other countries.

She said:

"We are committed to this sector and are genuinely working very hard to support growth and promote Scotland as a premier location to produce great films and attract significant inward investment.

"That’s why we are working with our partners to deliver additional funding for production, including increased incentives for film and television which at least match the incentives available in other countries.

"Together, we will work hard to secure additional investment because we recognise that this will bring a significant boost to Scotland’s economy as well as to our international reputation.

"Success here would further strengthen the package of support Scotland is able to offer so that the Scottish screen sector - our locations, our crews and our talent - can flourish. We are determined to do all we can to make that happen."

Notes to editors

Ms Hyslop was the keynote speaker at the Scottish Film Summit held in Edinburgh this morning as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s opening day. The EIFF will run until 28 June.

Public sector support for film in Scotland has increased from £16.2 million in 2007, to £21.6 million in 2013-14. Production spend figures reached a historical high of £33.7 million in 2013. It’s anticipated production spend figures will be more than £40 million for 2014.

Creative Scotland’s Film Location Service has successfully brought large productions to Scotland including World War Z, Skyfall, Under the Skin and Outlander – with Outlander being the biggest ever screen sector inward investment seen in Scotland to date.

Ms Hyslop recently announced the Scottish Government will set up a film industry leadership group to strengthen its engagement with the industry: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Film-expert-panel-to-be-set-up-195c.aspx

In February, Ms Hyslop announced £3m of additional support for film production and skills development. The Screen Skills Fund announced as part of that package has received 22 strong proposals covering the entire range of the sector’s activity. It’s expected the first successful recipients of those funds will be announced next month. For background, see: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Extra-3-million-for-Scotland-s-screen-sector-1592.aspx

Reports this week show Scotland has been voted the world's Best Cinematic Destination in an online poll run by USA Today – ahead of Petra in Jordan and New Zealand.