Centre of Excellence initiative to pilot in Yorkshire

A ground-breaking initiative to establish a network of centres of excellence for film and television in the nations and regions will be piloted in Yorkshire.

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Yorkshire will be the location for the first Centre of Excellence in an ambitious plan from ScreenSkills to build regional film production skills and capacity in the UK. The project is part of the British Film Institute (BFI) Future Film Skills action plan, which highlighted the need for 10,000 new recruits to the industry by 2022, and is supported by National Lottery funds awarded to ScreenSkills.

Working together with Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School, the Centre of Excellence will amplify the impact of targeted investment into training and build the skilled workforce outside London and the South East. The Centre of Excellence will act as a regional hub for a programme of mentoring and the delivery of bursaries to best support both emerging and established local talent.

The project will offer opportunities to more young people with talent to get a foot in the door of film and television closer to home and help overcome the barriers created when there is little or no filming where people are growing up. It will also help existing screen professionals to continue to update their skills and carry on working, while offering producers a wider range of locations with a skilled workforce on hand.

Across the UK, production and post-production is booming and it needs a reliable and inclusive talent delivery pipeline. The aim is to create a stronger supply of essential crew in areas where there is an opportunity to build an ever-more sustainable industry.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film at ScreenSkills

The Centre of Excellence in Yorkshire builds on Screen Yorkshire’s developing partnerships with existing production facilities, further and higher education institutions, LEPs and other stakeholders and reflects Yorkshire’s growing status as a leading centre for film and TV production. The region’s film and TV sector has been invigorated in recent years, with Screen Yorkshire’s investment activities helping to deliver growth in employment and turnover that is more than double the rate of any other region in the UK.

TV and VOD productions filming and producing in Yorkshire in recent months include Hope Gap, Official Secrets, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Secret Garden, Victoria (series 3), The Innocents, The ABC Murders and Gentleman Jack.

It is expected that the centres of excellence will build into a UK-wide network of a minimum of five locations.

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