LONDON — The U.K. Film Council will invest $35.5 million (£18 million) in regional film industries over the next two years in an effort to build a vibrant film culture throughout Britain and open up access to the nation’s screen heritage.
Under the deal, the nine regional screen agencies — EM Media, Film London, Northern Film and Media, Northwest Vision and Media, Screen East, Screen South, Screen West Midlands, Screen Yorkshire and South West Screen — will receive $30.3 million over the next two years. Coin comes from the Regional Investment Fund for England — a mixture of national lottery and grant-in-aid funding.
The RSAs are tasked by the UKFC with developing film economies and culture in their region, including education initiatives, exhibition, location support, production and development, as well as training and vocational education.
In addition, the digital archive fund will provide $5.2 million in support from lottery cash to help unlock the nation’s screen heritage. For this purpose, each RSA will get almost $600,000 over the next two years. Increased access will be delivered through various platforms: screenings, fests, online and public spaces. Unearthing local archive treasures of national interest is one of the key aims of the digital archive fund cash injection.
“The agencies bring together all the different parts of the film agenda at a local level, from location support to film production, and they have been a new and vital catalyst for bringing different and fresh stories to the big screen and showcasing regional talent with films like ‘Control’ and ‘This Is England’,” commented John Woodward, chief executive officer, UKFC.