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Screen talent to benefit from £1.3million investment over next 12 months ( 19/05/2010 )



 
Scottish writing, directing, producing and digital media talent will benefit from over £1.3m worth of investment in a range of training and development programmes that will expose them to the demands of international markets and audiences. 

A portfolio of seven distinctive initiates have received financial support from Scottish Screen’s Talent Development Fund and will share a total commitment of £590,000 over the next 12 months. This amount will be matched through co-investment partnerships with a range of highly skilled companies and organisations.   

The investment demonstrates Scottish Screen, and the newly emerging Creative Scotland’s commitment to providing long-term strategic support to individuals and companies working in the screen sector in Scotland.  It also ensures that the Scottish screen sector is represented at major international markets and festivals such as the Cannes International Film Festival, HotDocs and the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals.

Together the programmes offer a comprehensive ladder of opportunity for new, emerging and established writers, producers, directors, content creators and digital media talent. Allowing them to develop and produce innovative and creatively excellent content that can secure finance from the marketplace and engage and entertain audiences across the globe.

This commitment to professional development will ensure that there is a constant stream of skilled creative talent living and working across all genres in Scotland. 

Scottish Screen is proud to be partnering with a range of highly skilled companies and organisations with strong industry contacts that will deliver these programmes and recognises the significant co-investment that has been secured.  

Partners on the programmes include the Edinburgh International Film Festival, BBC Scotland, Channel 4, TRC, the Irish Film Board, the Toronto International Film Festival and Skillset.  

Carole Sheridan, Head of Talent & Creativity at Scottish Screen commented:
“At a time when the market for screen business is tough, it is vital that individuals and companies are as informed and as well-connected as possible. Scottish Screen’s investment in these programmes guarantees this and ensures that the Scottish screen sector is promoted at major international festivals and events over the next 12 months.”

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