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Film Industry

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support is available for companies investing in film production in the East Midlands region. (111732)

The Government support film production in the East Midlands through three routes. Firstly, the UK Film Council’s Regional Investment Fund for England (RIFE) which invests both grant in aid and lottery funding in EM Media, the regional screen agency for the East Midlands. Secondly, the UK Film Council’s central production funds—the Premiere, New Cinema and Development Funds; and thirdly, through tax relief for film production in the UK.

In addition to financial support for film making, the EM Media also provides guidance, support, direction and access to training and skills development for media businesses and individuals, whilst championing the region as a filming location.