British films fund crew development

LONDON — A levy on U.K. pics has contributed a total $9.6 million (£6 million) to a training fund for local film crew, it was revealed Thursday.

The Skills Investment Scheme levy, which has been running since 1999, is voluntary but, after an industry consultation, will become mandatory next year.

Films contributing to the fund this year have included “Quantum of Solace,” “The Duchess,” “Easy Virtue,” “RocknRolla” and “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.”

Since launch, 515 productions have contributed to the scheme, which has helped pay for 300 new entrant production trainees, 1,000 bursaries for film practitioners and subsidized the cost of 11,000 places on training courses, seminars and masterclasses.

“The U.K. film industry has a worldwide reputation for highly skilled crews,” said “Solace” producer Barbara Broccoli. “Commercially we benefit greatly from this reputation and to maintain it we must support the workforce and their continual development.”

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