Covid-19: New ring-fenced film and TV development support for Scottish indies

Today, Screen Scotland has announced that Scotland’s independent film and TV production companies will be able to apply for newly ring-fenced development support of between £3,000-£50,000 to develop creative and ambitious projects over the next 3-6 months to enable planning towards production when Government guidance allows.

Two new funding routes – one for TV and another for film projects - will provide a total of £1million funding with the aim of providing a fresh focus for development activity and help producers and production companies focus their energies and plans for future production.

  • 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, the Fund 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.

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.”

These new funding routes are for development of single projects. Any applicants seeking support for broadcast slate development or production funding should apply through Screen Scotland’s existing Broadcast Content Fund. Applicants seeking support for feature film production should apply to the existing Film Development and Production Fund.

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.

To keep up to date with the latest information and support available through Screen Scotland and its partner agencies throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, please visit screen.scot/coronavirus and follow us on Twitter.

Notes to Editors

Covid-19 Resource Directory - Screen Scotland has compiled a list of useful resources for screen sector workers in Scotland, which includes screen sector specific support groups and organisations, this is being regularly updated.

Information about the Scottish Government‘s £2.2 billion package of support for businesses including a year of non-domestic rates relief and one-off grants can be found here.

Further information about the Scottish Government’s £20 million Third Sector Resilience Fund for Scotland-based charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, or organisations delivering community services and activities can be accessed here.

Scottish Enterprise have compiled useful business continuity advice which can be found here.

A Helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on Covid-19 and can be contacted on: The business helpline number is: 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. Sitting within Creative Scotland, it is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success. With funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.

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