Yorkshire screen industries given £250,000 boost

Yorkshire screen industries given £250,000 boost

Yorkshire’s screen industries have been given a major boost after securing £250,000 in funding to help the region’s companies compete on a global scale.

The funding includes £127,000 from the BFI’s Creative Clusters Fund which has been matched by regional partners to create a total investment of £254,000.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub bid has been awarded the funding from the BFI through its Creative Clusters Challenge Fund, which aims to support the growth of emerging screen sector centres outside London and the South-East.

BFI’s backing is a powerful affirmation of Yorkshire’s pivotal role at the heart of British television production for over 40 years and its major contribution to the development of the games industry on a global scale.

Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the BFI, said: "There's something exciting happening in Yorkshire's screen sector and there is huge potential in this dynamic region, so we're thrilled to support such a range of fantastic partners who have come together with one common goal: to ensure Yorkshire's burgeoning screen industries continue to grow and flourish.

“The UK's screen industries are thriving and if we are to support future growth it is vital that more areas outside London become international hubs - this support for Yorkshire is significant and we look forward to announcing further Creative Clusters in the coming months."

Also investing in the Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub are the local authorities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York, Calderdale, Harrogate and Kirklees and six leading UK universities – Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York.

Sally Joynson, chief executive of Screen Yorkshire added: “This is fantastic news for everyone working in the film, TV and gaming sectors in Yorkshire, now and in the future.

“It’s a huge vote of confidence in our screen industries and will enable us to build a compelling case for further investment in the sector.

“Over the last three years alone, Screen Yorkshire has invested more than £14m into 38 feature films and TV programmes, including the new film production of Dad’s Army, award-winning TV drama Peaky Blinders and BAFTA™ nominated feature ’71.’’

The screen industries are one of the UK’s biggest success stories delivering significant economic and cultural benefits to the UK - the BFI’s statistics for last year showed that over £1.4bn was spent on film and high-end TV production in the UK alone.