Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire is an innovative collaboration that brings together local and national partners. It addresses the need for more highly trained crews to service the UK’s thriving screen industries. Figures released by the BFI last month revealed another record-breaking year for film and high-end television production in 2019, contributing a 30% uplift for the economy, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. Yorkshire was identified as the location for the UK’s first Centre of Screen Excellence due to the significant increase in the levels of production and growth in the number of screen businesses in the area, seeing the region emerge as one of the most prosperous for film and TV outside of London and the South East.
Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire places the region at the heart of a national drive to create new opportunities for individuals wishing to develop careers in the film and television production industries. It builds on the work of Screen Yorkshire, that has helped to establish Yorkshire as one of the most dynamic and transformative regions for the screen industries. The region has recently hosted high-end TV productions including Gentleman Jack, Ackley Bridge, Victoria, Zero Chill, All Creatures Great and Small and The English Game as well as feature films The Duke, Downton Abbey, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Ali and Ava and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Yorkshire’s popularity as a filming destination is set to increase, with a major new film and television studio facility and Sky Studio’s Innovation Hub both opening in Leeds in 2020, hot on the heels of Channel 4’s new National HQ launching in 2019. Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire will support this growth ensuring much needed crew are trained to be set-ready for in-demand roles; with the long-term ambition to establish the region as a nationally recognised centre for training in the screen industries.
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About Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire
Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire is delivered by Screen Yorkshire in partnership with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. The Centre aims to address the need for more highly trained crews to service the UK’s thriving screen industries.
About Screen Yorkshire
Screen Yorkshire champions the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, UK. Its aim is to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make the region one of the most sought-after destinations for production in the UK.
Screen Yorkshire offers production financing through its Yorkshire Content Fund. Credits include: Official Secrets, Hope Gap, All Creatures Great and Small, Ackley Bridge, Dark River, Yardie, Ghost Stories, Stardog & Turbocat, Journeyman, Dad’s Army, Swallows and Amazons, Testament of Youth, ’71, National Treasure, The Great Train Robbery, Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Hank Zipzer.
Screen Yorkshire delivers the Film Office services for Yorkshire & Humber and has been leading the development of the Yorkshire Screen Hub, a cluster for the screen industries, recognised by the BFI in 2016 as the first awardee of funds from its Creative Cluster Challenge Fund. Screen Yorkshire also works with ScreenSkills, NFTS and the BFI to develop regional and UK wide talent by devising and delivering industry schemes
About the National Film and Television School
Recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema BAFTA, the NFTS is one of the world’s leading film, games and television schools. NFTS alumni have gone on to win 13 Oscars and 145 BAFTAs with alumni including Oscar winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, BAFTA winning director Lynne Ramsay, Oscar winning animator Nick Park (creator of Wallace & Gromit) and Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli. The NFTS is a registered charity (313429). For more information see www.nfts.co.uk
ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries – animation, film, games, television including children’s TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. We work across the whole of the country to ensure that UK screen has access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent needed for continued success.
About the BFI
The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a distributor of National Lottery funding and a cultural charity that:
- Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online
- Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world
- Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers
- Works with Government and industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.