Screen Yorkshire launches support fund

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Gentleman Jack Screen Yorkshire and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) are joining forces to create a new funding initiative to support the region’s screen sector

The Indie TV and film Development Fund, totalling £200,000, will distribute awards of between £2,500 and £25,000, to help independent TV and film production companies to develop new content. 

It is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the LEP through its new Creative Catalyst programme, which was established in response to Channel 4’s relocation to Leeds and broadcaster commitment to increase commissioning in the Nations and Regions.

Screen Yorkshire will administer the fund, leading the application and assessment process in collaboration with representatives from the LEP. 

Sally Joynson, chief executive of Screen Yorkshire, said: "In the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, as pitching to broadcasters picks up speed, the indies will need to put themselves in prime position to be ahead of the rush of proposals from other companies from across the UK. 

This fund will help them deliver on that, as they take their first tentative steps back into production and begin the long road to recovery."

The fund is open to independent film and TV production companies with a substantive base in Leeds City Region who can demonstrate a proven track record in productions that have been broadcast (nationally or internationally) and / or commercially distributed.

The new indie TV and film development fund has been set up to offer flexible grants to independent production companies to develop a fresh generation of original content, ready to go into production as soon as they can establish a clear plan for adopting the new safety rules.

The fund is open for applications from today, 14th May. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday June 5th, 2020. Full details can be found here

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