North Lanarkshire Council sets up fund to attract filmmakers

In an attempt to build upon recent interest from film and TV producers, North Lanarkshire Council is offering to help fund future productions.

The local authority is offering small to medium productions a share of a £30,000 fund it has sent up.

Regeneration convener David Fagan, said: “In TV and film-making terms £30,000 isn’t a huge sum, although it could make a real difference to smaller teams.

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“What is just as important is the clear message it sends out to the industry: North Lanarkshire has the skills, locations and willingness to assist.

“This is about creating jobs and opportunities, plain and simple.”

Since March last year 22 movie and TV companies have either filmed or enquired about filming within North


Cllr Fagan added: “People hark back to movies like Gregory’s Girl, filmed in and around Cumbernauld, and forget that was more than 30 years ago.

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“Right now Cumbernauld is home to one of the biggest TV productions in the UK, Outlander. The companies behind it are ploughing millions into the production with the potential for creating jobs for the next eight to 10 years.”