The Scottish government has supported more than 300 emerging filmmakers to develop their screen skills through an eight-year funding package
to the Edinburgh International Film Festival totalling £950,000, culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has revealed.
“We are committed to this sector and are genuinely working very hard to support growth and promote Scotland as a premier location to produce great films and attract significant inward investment,” she said.
Mark Adams, EIFF artistic director added: “The Scottish Government Edinburgh Festivals’ Expo Fund has had a profound impact on EIFF’s ability to nurture, develop and promote Scottish filmmaking talent and projects, connecting them to international markets, and providing a platform for their work.
“The Expo Fund supported EIFF talent labs are now an integral part of Scotland’s support for new and emerging filmmaking talent, developing EIFF
and Scotland’s international reputation as a hotbed of film talent.” Creative Scotland’s Film Location Service has successfully brought large productions to Scotland including World War Z, Skyfall, Under the Skin and Outlander – with Outlander being the biggest ever screen sector inward investment seen in Scotland to date.