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Fiona Hyslop: I refer the member to the answer to question S3W-40108 on 16 March 2011. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at:
Irene Oldfather (Cunninghame South) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage film production in Scotland.
Fiona Hyslop: The Scottish Government provides support to the film industry in Scotland through Creative Scotland, which was formally established in July 2010. Creative Scotland distributed £3.2 million of lottery funding to encourage film production in Scotland in 2010-2011, including funding allocated prior to July 2010 by Scottish Screen. In addition to this lottery funding, Creative Scotland has film and locations offices which encourage film production in Scotland. It also provides financial support for film festivals and cinemas.
The public sector in Scotland provides significant training support to encourage the development of the film, broadcasting and digital media industries. For example, the Scottish Funding Council in February 2009 announced an investment of £5.8 million in the Skillset Network of Screen and Media Academies. The Scottish Government, through the Cashback for Communities scheme, funds Creative Identities - a programme of arts and moving image learning activities for young people between the ages of 10 and 19 living in Scotland. The programme is managed by Creative Scotland.
The Scottish Government also sponsors FilmG, the Gaelic short films competition. In 2010-11 it provided support for training and sponsored the award for best film in the 12 to 17 age category.
The Scottish Creative Industries Partnership Co-ordination Group has set up a Film Industry reference group, comprising experts involved in the industry, which recently concluded its deliberations. The Scottish Creative Industries Partnership Co-ordination Group will consider the reference group’s recommendations and respond during the summer of 2011. Scottish Enterprise commissioned last year a report into television and film production space which was published in September 2010.
The Scottish Government has also made representations to the UK Government to safeguard future funding for Scottish film following the announcement of the abolition of the UK Film Council. I met the Director of the British Film Institute on 14 March to discuss the future role of the Institute in supporting the Scottish film industry.
22 films were made in Scotland in 2009, and 15 films were made in Scotland in 2010.