LEP & SCREEN YORKSHIRE LAUNCH FUND
18 May 2020
The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Screen Yorkshire have launched a new fund to support the region's TV and film industries.
The Indie TV and film Development Fund totals £200,000 and will distribute awards of between £2,500 and £25,000, to help independent TV and film production companies to develop new content.
It is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the LEP through its new Creative Catalyst programme, which was established in response to Channel 4's relocation to Leeds and broadcaster commitment to increase commissioning in the Nations and Regions.
Screen Yorkshire will lead the application and assessment process in collaboration with representatives from the LEP.
Sally Joynson chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: "In the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, as pitching to broadcasters picks up speed, the indies will need to put themselves in prime position to be ahead of the rush of proposals from other companies from across the UK. This fund will help them deliver on that."
The fund is open to independent film and TV production companies with a substantive base in Leeds City Region who can demonstrate a proven track record in productions that have been broadcast (nationally or internationally) and / or commercially distributed.