Screen Scotland has announced a new fund offering ring-fenced development support of between £3,000-£50,000 for Scotland’s indie film and TV production companies.

 

The funds will help develop projects over the next 3-6 months to ready them for production when Government guidance allows.

 

Two new funding routes – one for TV and another for film projects – will provide a total of £1million funding

 

•The £500,000 Broadcast: Single Project Development Funding Route will support the development of work across live-action and animation. Covering both scripted and unscripted genres, this route will prioritise UK Network and SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) focused TV projects with existing commissioner engagement and the potential to be multi-part and/or returning.

•The £500,000 Film: Single Project Development Funding Route will support the development of single feature film projects across live-action, animation and documentary.

Applications can include enhanced Producer fees of up to 25% of the project costs, up to a maximum of £5,000.

 

Both funds, open for applications on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

 

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said: “We are entirely focussed right now on how we can help safeguard and sustain the Scottish film and TV sector, and to ensure that it is able to bounce back as soon as the situation allows. In parallel to the Bridging Bursary scheme, which went live last week, this funding will support Scotland’s film and TV producers and writers to develop high quality, commissionable projects, ready to go into production when the market returns.”

 

Today’s announcement follows the launch of a new fund last week, providing  one-off bursaries of £500 to £2,500 to freelance PAYE and self-employed screen sector workers who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to loss of income as a result of the Covid-19.

 

Applications are now open and more details and the application form can be found here: https://www.screen.scot/news/2020/3/covid-19-focused-support-for-scotlands-screen-sector

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Reporter

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