Scottish films set for Toronto


Four Scottish films will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this week, helping to cement Scotland’s reputation for both quality film-making and as a great location for shooting.

Creative Scotland has contributed to funding for four films which will make their debut at the prestigious event, which is often referred to as the world’s most influential film festival. The films, Sunshine on Leith, The Railway Man, Under the Skin and Starred Up, which was shot in Belfast under Scottish director David Mackenzie, each received £300,000 from Creative Scotland.

In order to champion Scotland’s interests as a world-class shooting location, Creative Scotland’s locations team will travel to TIFF, where they will meet with industry leaders to discuss production opportunities, funding, locations, crews and facilities.The team will offer assistance to productions seeking to film on location in Scotland.

The inclusion of four Scottish films in the TIFF programme also serves to highlight the need for a dedicated film and TV production studio facility in Scotland. The change to UK tax breaks to include high end television drama – which came into effect in April 2013 – highlights a significant opportunity for Scotland’s film and television industry.

In May, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop set up a film studio delivery group to actively pursue proposals for a new film and TV production facilities in Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture said:

“The Toronto International Film Festival is hugely respected and influential, and for films premiering there, it is an opportunity to be launched on an international stage and to grab the attention of some of the key players in the industry.

“I am delighted that four Scottish films will premiere there this year and hope that we can capitalise on that success, by using it as an opportunity to promote Scotland as a world-class shooting location, not just in terms of the spectacular backdrops we have to offer but also our extensive expertise and resources.

“Scotland is already competing as a shooting location on the international stage and demand from film and television companies continues to grow apace. This month Sony and Starz are starting to film the series Outlander, which is Scotland’s biggest ever film and television inward investment and for which a dedicated television production facility is being developed.

“The Scottish Government is committed to maximising the benefit of tax reliefs to Scotland and with this in mind, the film delivery group is examining how film and television production facilities, with robust business cases, can be further developed or enhanced.”