At a time when the UK film industry seems to be under immense scrutiny, the Scottish government have announced plans to invest between £3M – £20M into ensuring Scotland is seen as an attractive place for filmmakers to shoot their new productions.
Dubbed The Mackendrick Fund, the new scheme will offer an array of eye-catching dividends in a bid to further entice big production companies, such as Warner Bros. Pictures and Sony, to invest in films with a Scottish emphasis, whether it be through location, cast or technical bodies.
With support already pledged from Creative Scotland, who’ve promised a contribution of £500,000, and a number of British production companies and funding bodies, The Mackendrick Fund promises to be a viable resource in promoting and developing Scotland’s film sector.
Last year, Scotland welcomed several Hollywood productions, including the sci-fi thriller Cloud Atlas, Brad Pitt’s action-horror World War Z and the Scarlett Johansson-starring Under The Skin. The new fund looks set to further the number of Hollywood productions that take advantage of Scotland’s beautiful scenery and talented film workers, while also ensuring homegrown features remain a staple of the film world.