New figures released today by Screen Cornwall show that film and TV production was worth more than £5million to the Cornish economy in 2022. The figures are taken from the first economic impact analysis into the Gross Value Added (GVA) of film and TV production in the region that the screen agency has produced since its formation in 2019. In addition, Screen Cornwall announced today that it has secured a funding boost of almost £400,000 from the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Screen Cornwall will use the funding to drive growth in Cornwall’s film sector and raise the profile of Cornish media, including Cornish language content. It will also extend its outreach and talent development programme, which offers people from a diverse range of backgrounds the chance to take their first steps into the industry.
Economic impact figures were calculated for Screen Cornwall by Olsberg•SPI using Creative England’s Local Economic Impact Toolkit. The analysis found that there were 422 filming days and 101 pre-production days in Cornwall in 2022, generating an estimated GVA of £5,040,000, an 8% increase on the previous year. Titles included Beyond Paradise (Red Planet Pictures/BBC One), Strike: Troubled Blood (Bronte Film & TV/BBC One), Malory Towers series 4 (King Bert/CBBC), Doc Martin (Buffalo Pictures/ITV) and feature film Edge of Summer (Dorothy Street Pictures/BBC Films/BFI).
Screen Cornwall’s Managing Director Laura Giles says: “For the first time, we have a reliable estimate of what film and TV production is worth financially worth to Cornwall’s economy. £5million is a significant contribution for our rurally dispersed sector. Momentum continues to grow for both location filming and independent production, so this funding boost comes at an important time. A diverse and robust talent pipeline is vital to developing a healthy screen ecosystem, so people are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to become the UK’s most vibrant rurally dispersed content production region.”
£395,650 has been awarded to Screen Cornwall from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The money was allocated from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Cultural Events and Talent Programme, which has been earmarked for £4.4m of investment from Cornwall and Scilly's three-year £132m Shared Prosperity Fund allocation. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as the lead authority for the fund.
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