Media Release: Draft Creative Scotland film strategy 2014-17: open consultation

Draft Creative Scotland Film Strategy 2014-17: Open Consultation

Deadline for feedback: 5pm, Thursday 31 July, 2014

 Final version publication date: End September 2014

WE are publishing online today Creative Scotland’s Draft Film Strategy 2014-17 for public feedback:

This document is an important step in shaping the ambitions and priorities that will form the backbone of the Film Strategy, the final version of which will be published at the end of September 2014.

Drawing on the findings from the Film Sector Review and from the wide range of feedback and ideas that we have received through discussions with people working in the screen sector, this draft Film Strategy aims to provide a clear and action-led plan for film in Scotland, set in the context of the ambitions laid out in our recently published ten-year Strategic Plan: Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition.

We are very keen to gather feedback from as many people as possible. This will help us finalise the Film Strategy, taking into account the thoughts and opinions of those we are here to support.

We are interested in what people think of this draft Film Strategy and if it resonates with people working in, or interested in film in Scotland.

The consultation will remain open until 5pm on Thursday 31st July, 2014.

Natalie Usher, director of Film and Media, Creative Scotland, said:

“We are committed to an open and informed development of this Film Strategy.

“We want everyone to have an opportunity to contribute to the final version, in the spirit of shared ownership and shared responsibility for a successful future for film in Scotland.

“We have already consulted with many people working across the film sector including the Film Reference Group, Independent Producers Scotland (IPS), our sector partners and through our Open Sessions.

“This online consultation provides another opportunity for feedback to help us shape the final Film Strategy that will be published in September.

“I hope as many people as possible take this opportunity and I look forward to hearing what people have to say.”

Notes to editors:

Creative Scotland supports film through funding for development, production and talent development, through regular funding for film-based organisations, funding for film exhibition, festivals and audience development and through our Locations service, promoting Scotland as an exceptional place to make film.

Our aim is to work in partnership with filmmakers, film organisations and other sector partners to build a prosperous and sustainable film industry in Scotland.

The online consultation is open from Tuesday 1st July to Thursday 31st July.

All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and, in analysis and reporting, will not be attributed to any individual or organisation.

A final report summarising the responses from this consultation will be published on the Creative Scotland.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We do this through funding, development, advocacy and influence and we distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

We want Scotland to be a country where: excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries is recognised and valued; everyone can access and enjoy artistic and creative experiences; places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity; ideas are brought to life by a diverse, skilled and connected leadership and workforce; Scotland is a distinctive creative nation connected to the world.

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For further information, please contact:

Kenneth Fowler
Director of communications
07970 557 960

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