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A new partnership aimed at driving a more successful, vibrant and sustainable screen sector for Scotland has been announced, along with a new £3million fund for broadcast content.

Screen Scotland brings together creative, skills and enterprise partners, including Skills Development Scotland (SDS), to boost the cultural, social and economic development of Scotland’s screen sector.

Backed with £20million from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, the Screen Scotland brand features a dedicated website – www.screen.scot – where all details of new and increased support can be found, alongside a wealth of information on Scottish film and television talent, productions, locations, and festivals.

Broadcast Content Fund

Creative Scotland has also announced a new £3million Broadcast Content Fund to support the development and production of distinctive high-quality projects. Open to Scottish-based production companies, the fund will make development and production awards of between £10,000 and £500,000.

Robert Wilson, Chair of Creative Scotland said: “I’m enormously proud to be announcing this significant moment in the development of Scotland’s screen sector.

“As a result of the determination and focus of all our partners, the hard work of our dedicated team, and the incredible support of the Scottish Government and the National Lottery, we are another step closer to delivering a strong and confident sector for the benefit of all.

“Building on the sector’s achievements to date, these latest announcements deliver further on the promise to increase funding, build stronger relationships at home, in the wider UK and internationally, increase capacity within Screen Scotland, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.”

Screen Skills research

The announcement was welcomed by David Martin, Key Sector Manager for Creative Industries at SDS.

He said: “The launch of Screen Scotland is hugely important for the future of the sector and shows how the partners involved, including SDS and a wide variety of key industry groups, are working together to realise the sector’s growth potential

“SDS and Creative Scotland are jointly funding the first screen sector skills research to be undertaken in a number of years. We have had great support right across the industry, such as the Screen Sector Leadership Group, the broadcasters, indies, facilities and many practitioners, which will offer real insight around future skills planning.”

SDS is also working to review National Occupational Standards used by the sector, and is seeking to develop new Modern Apprenticeship frameworks to address priority skills areas.

“The launch of Screen Scotland is hugely important for the future of the sector and shows how the partners involved, including SDS and a wide variety of key industry groups, are working together to realise the sector’s growth potential."

David Martin, Skills Development Scotland

Creative Scotland has also confirmed that spend on film and TV in Scotland in 2017 reached £95 million – the highest level since records began – and a £26 million increase on the previous year. Over the past decade, spend has increased more than 300 per cent.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs added: “I’m delighted to welcome Screen Scotland, a vital component in our wider vision for Scotland’s screen sector.

 “Scotland has the talent and the opportunity to grow its TV sector and the job of Screen Scotland is to make sure we seize the moment.”

Find out more

Visit www.screen.scot  to learn more

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