Suffolk’s new county-wide film service officially launches on December 6th at the International Production Show, Focus, in London.
Pulling together locations, talent, crew sourcing and permitting on behalf of all eight local authorities, the one-stop service aims to make Suffolk the most film friendly county in England.
Screen Suffolk director Karen Everett says, “Last year £102 million was spent on film and TV production in the English regions, during 9,000 film days, as UK filming continues to boom.
“Screen Suffolk is dedicated to ensuring Suffolk sees its fair share of this revenue and opportunity. We are committed to attracting 100 days of filming into the county in our first year and quadrupling this by 2020.
“We have chosen the Focus show as the perfect event for putting Suffolk firmly on the global film map, Focus is the biggest location production show of its kind in the UK and we have invited 100 key producers, Location Managers and specialist film journalists, to introduce them to the benefits of filming in Suffolk.
“We are already thrilled with the filming we have attracted before our launch, including Richard E Grant presenting a Sky Arts production and a Medicines Sans Frontier advertisement at Bentwaters Parks airfield.
“Suffolk’s incredible locations include East Anglian Life Museum, Bentwaters Parks former RAF airfield, and Framlingham’s lovely market square. We are very much looking forward to formally presenting Suffolk’s locations portfolio to the global production audience at Focus.”
Cllr Jennie Jenkins, Chair of the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders Group, says, “We see the best our county has to offer every single day and we’re really looking forward to sharing Suffolk with the world on both the big and small screens. But more than that, we know exactly how much talent and drive there is here and making that available to the world of film will bring more jobs and more opportunities to the people of Suffolk, as well as unleashing their full creative potential on the world of film making.”
The launch event includes a stand at Focus, where images and information are being shared with the thousands of global production specialists always on the lookout for new locations.
Screen Suffolk launches with:
A new website at www.screensuffolk.com featuring around 150 locations showing off the breadth of Suffolk’s portfolio: beaches and waterways, fens, airfields, WWI trenches, historical treasures, pristine villages, abandoned buildings and so much more.
A new online permitting service for location managers at: www.filmapp.org/suffolk
As well as:
Twitter account: @screensuffolk
LinkedIn group dedicated to work opportunities called ScreenSuffolk Professionals
Phone number: 0333 700 7833
Ensuring all partygoers at the London Focus launch are keeping it local – Adnams Brewery and Aspall Cyder – have been very helpful in providing Suffolk tipples. We thank them!