£395,650 has been awarded to Screen Cornwall from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The funding will be used to drive growth in Cornwall’s film sector and raise the profile of Cornish media, including Cornish language content. Screen Cornwall will also extend its outreach and talent development programme, which offers people from a diverse range of backgrounds the chance to take their first steps into the industry.
The successful funding bid follows Screen Cornwall’s Catalysing the Cornish Screen Sector report, published in January. Produced by Olsberg•SPI and funded by the BFI, the report concluded that the screen industry in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has the potential to become a “cluster of national significance”.
New figures, released in August 2023, indicate that film and TV production was worth more than £5million to the Cornish economy in 2022. Titles included Beyond Paradise (Red Planet Pictures/BBC One) and feature film Edge of Summer (Dorothy Street Pictures/BBC Films/BFI). The figures are taken from the first economic impact analysis into the Gross Value Added (GVA) of film and TV production in the region that Screen Cornwall has produced since its formation in 2019.
Diverse and robust
Screen Cornwall’s managing director Laura Giles told D&CFilm: “Momentum continues to grow for both location filming and independent production, so this funding boost comes at an important time. A diverse and robust talent pipeline is vital to developing a healthy screen ecosystem, so people are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to become the UK’s most vibrant rurally dispersed content production region.”
Keep an eye on the Screen Cornwall website and social media accounts for updates of the funded activities taking place, as details are announced.
The funding has been awarded to Screen Cornwall from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The money was allocated from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Cultural Events and Talent Programme, which has been earmarked for £4.4m of investment from Cornwall and Scilly’s three-year £132m Shared Prosperity Fund allocation. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as the lead authority for the fund.
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