Government Ministers today announced further funding to the West Midlands Production Fund, which will help support independent film-making and television production, building on successful productions like BBC’s series Line of Duty.
Just over £1,325,000 from the European Regional Development Fund, which is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, has been awarded to Creative England and their West Midlands Production Fund to make investments from £100 to £500,000 in a project, which must be matched with private backing.
Supporting the production of major feature films and TV dramas, since 2004, the West Midlands Production Fund, has successfully brought production work to the local area, creating jobs and opportunities for local people and raising the area’s profile.
Successes have included the 2012 Christmas crowd-pleaser film Nativity 2, starring David Tennant, which was produced by Coventry-based company Mirrorball Films. In the same year the BBC series Line of Duty which was shot in and around Birmingham achieved high audience figures and critical acclaim.
Communities Minister Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE said:
“The Government is actively supporting innovative local film-making, which I hope will support local jobs and attract further inward investment and tourism. Projects like Dancing on the Edge, a BBC Two drama series, and Channel 4 documentary One Mile Away have both been supported through the West Midlands Production Fund.
“The award-winning feature One Mile Away, co-funded by Channel 4 and Creative England, documented an attempt to bring an end to a 20-year war between two Birmingham gangs. The One Mile Away social enterprise was founded by former gang members to discourage young people from gang life, as a result of the documentary.
“The media and production talent and skills that exist need to be used to their full potential and it’s through funds such as this that we can ensure this happens. I am really pleased that we have been able to provide funding to ensure this valuable fund continues.”
Chris Moll, Creative England’s Head of Film, said:
“Creative England is delighted to be supporting the local area through delivery of the West Midlands Production Fund, which not only supports local filmmakers but generates jobs and brings money into the region. We’re looking forward to seeing new and exciting projects being developed.”