Filming Incentives Scotland

Scotland Announces New Incentive For Film and TV Projects

Scotland has been luring filmmakers for decades with its varied and lush landscapes. USA Today even named Scotland as the Best Cinematic Destination for 2015. It that wasn’t enough to have you breaking out your kilt, then perhaps the announcement of a new incentive scheme will.

Recently the Scottish government announced its commitment to supporting the screen-sector growth, by creating a Production Growth Fund in the amount of $2.7 million. The fund is meant to lure more film and TV projects into the country.

The fund, announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, is designed to stimulate growth in film and TV production by providing an additional incentive for major international productions to come to Scotland. The government is also increasing funding for local Scottish productions. The fund will run through the year 2017 and is available to both international co-productions, and Scottish-based crews, facilities and production companies.

For more information on the Production Growth Fund please visit the Creative Scotland website.

Additional Filming Incentives available in Scotland

UK Film, High-End TV and Animation Tax Credit Advance Facility

  • For films of all budget levels, the Film Production Company (FPC) can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% of UK qualifying film production expenditure.
  • For films with a core expenditure of more than £20m ($21.7 million), which completed principal photography before 1 April 2015, the FPC can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% on the first £20m of qualifying UK expenditure, with the remaining qualifying UK expenditure receiving a 20% tax rebate.

Filmed in Scotland

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. The West Sands beach in St Andrews was used for the iconic scenes in this Oscar winning film.

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The sweeping landscape in and around Glen Nevis and Loch Leven provided the backdrop for this Oscar winner.

Trainspotting is a 1996 British black comedy crime drama film directed by Danny Boyle. It launched the international career of Ewan McGregor and was filmed in Edinburgh (Princes Street and Calton Road), Glasgow and Rannoch Moor.

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Filming took place on location at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, Argyll.

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, played an important role in this film adaptation.

Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. Parts of the opening scenes in Norway were actually filmed in the picturesque Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife.

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 British-American epic superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. Villain Bane’s dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed above the Cairngorms.

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond and was shot in and around Glencoe.

World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. Glasgow was used to recreate the streets of Philadelphia for a zombie apocalypse.

Harry Potter is a British film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct railway was featured in four of the films.

Find Out More

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