FilmFixer to launch Screen Suffolk
Location services organisation FilmFixer will launch Screen Suffolk as a dedicated film office later this year.
FilmFixer’s plans for Suffolk include bringing at least 100 days of location filming to the county within the first year, and then to quadruple this figure by 2020. Screen Suffolk’s web presence will offer filming news and updates, as well as a locations library.
The county has hosted productions including the BBC comedy Detectorists (pictured).
Suffolk County Council put out a bid to tender earlier in the summer to find an organisation to run the new film office.
Around 30% of the local borough film offices in the Greater London area are already managed by FilmFixer. The organisation prioritises building relationships with local communities to ensure filming goes smoothly and with minimal disruption.
“This county offers the perfect combination of film service infrastructure, creative talent, and fantastic locations – along with its convenience to London,” said Karen Everett, director of FilmFixer.
“We are very much looking forward to promoting all this to the global film industry, in particular through our network of 12,000 industry professionals.
“The county has so much to offer by way of beaches and waterways, fens, airfields, WWI trenches, historical treasures, pristine villages and fantastic abandoned buildings. The production space available is far more affordable than in London. And Suffolk is able to offer its unique locations at short notice – which is immensely valuable to the industry.”
Screen Suffolk could help the county attract more location filming for productions that film outside London. Last year filming in the English regions rose by nearly 40% and delivered direct production spending of almost £95m, according to figures from Creative England.
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