BFI awards National Lottery Funding to Screen Yorkshire for TV, Film and Games

BFI_COL_LOGO_GLOWThe region’s film, TV & games industries have received a significant boost today as the BFI announces that the Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub bid, led by Screen Yorkshire, has been awarded National Lottery funding from the BFI through its Creative Clusters Challenge Fund, which aims to support the growth of emerging screen sector centres outside London and the South-East.

Matched by funding from a Yorkshire-wide consortium, Screen Yorkshire, in partnership with industry leaders Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest, will spearhead the hub’s mission to build sustainable, long-term growth in the region’s burgeoning film, TV and games industries and maintain its competitiveness in a global industry.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub will receive £127,000 through the BFI’s Creative Clusters Fund as seed funding for a plan to expand the region’s creative sector infrastructure and skills base. ‘Creating the Production Powerhouse’ is a nine-month programme of work beginning March 2016, that will identify the investment required for skills, training, infrastructure and knowledge sharing, to enable the Yorkshire and Humber region to compete globally. The BFI Award is matched by regional partners to create a total investment of £254,000.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire says, ‘’this is fantastic news for everyone working in the film, TV and games sectors in Yorkshire, now and in the future. It’s a huge vote of confidence in our screen industries and will enable us to build a compelling case for further investment in the sector. Over the last three years alone, Screen Yorkshire has invested more than £14 million into 38 feature films and TV programmes, including the new film production of Dad’s Army, award-winning TV drama Peaky Blinders and BAFTA™ nominated feature ’71.’’

“We’ll be embarking on a programme of work from March 2016, in partnership with industry leaders Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest, to shape the region’s screen landscape for years to come; stimulating economic growth, creating new jobs and helping us to nurture a new generation of talent helping to establish Yorkshire as a global centre for film, television and games.”

Yorkshire and Humber has a strong video games ecosystem which includes business network Game Republic, as well as major internationally-recognised games studios including Team17, Sumo Digital and Revolution Software, informal groups such as GaMaYo, and smaller independent start-ups such as Red Kite Games and Boneloaf. Yorkshire and Humber is also home to Games Britannia, an award-winning video games education festival hosted by Sheffield Hallam, and the innovative and exciting Platform Expos in Hull.

“As the longest-established and largest network dedicated to the games industry in the region, Game Republic is incredibly excited about the success of the CCCF bid,” said Managing Director of Game Republic, Jamie Sefton. “We’re looking forward to working with Screen Yorkshire on recognising the scope of the vibrant Yorkshire and Humber games industry and also maximising the opportunities for investment and development of the sector.”

Game Republic leads UKTI GDC 2016 Mission

UKTI (300x200)Game Republic is the lead games industry representative for the forthcoming UK Trade & Investment mission to the Game Developers Conference 2016 in San Francisco, 14th-18th March.

This “Northern Powerhouse” trade mission provides a Market Visit Support grant of £500 and a free GDC 2016 Expo Pass worth £130 to any Yorkshire and Northern England games developer wanting to attend the games industry’s most important development event. Games developers will also have access to the UK games stand (run by the UK’s national games body Ukie) and a special business networking event at the British Consulate in San Francisco.

As well as providing help to games companies in Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and North East wanting to access the mission, Game Republic will be introducing the developers to essential business contacts at GDC 2016. UKTI has already had more than 30 games companies sign up for the mission and expects more to sign up in the next few weeks before the deadline of 20th February.

To find out more information on joining the trade mission to GDC 2016 and accessing the Market Visit Support grant and GDC pass – as well as other UKTI funding such as Passport to Export – please check out the official flyer. Don’t miss out!

PG Connects London – 18th/19th January 2016

PGC-LDN-logo-stack-onLight-1000pxGame Republic is again partnering with Steel Media for its Pocket Gamer Connects London event on 18th and 19th January 2016.

PG Connects is a major event for mobile games developers, featuring the funding and investment track Show Me The Money, plus many other must-attend sessions including Future Visions: AR & VR and East Meets West, as well as pitching competitions, networking opportunities and the Pocket Gamer Party.

Companies attending and speaking includes Google, King, AppLift, Amazon, BBC Worldwide, Samsung, Twitter and Rovio. Game Republic members can also get a special 25% discount on tickets – hit the PG Connects London website for more info.

Escape Technology joins Game Republic

Escape logo 450 x 200Game Republic is pleased to announce our latest Affiliate member Escape Technology!

As VFX specialists, Escape Technology provides leading hardware, software, and support services to the game and film industries. Whether you’re building a studio from scratch or enhancing an existing pipeline, Escape’s experts can provide advice, help with installation, support, and configuration to get your studio up and running.

Escape’s Account Director and resident games expert, Neil Parmar will also be at the Game Republic Christmas Party on the 15th December in Leeds – see you there!

UKTI Overseas Growth for Games event – Leeds, 18th November

UKTI (300x200)UK Trade & Investment is running a free event for Yorkshire and Northern England games developers in Leeds on Wednesday 18th November, 2pm-5pm, focused on the Game Developers Conference 2016 in San Francisco.

The UKTI Overseas Growth for Games event features talks and a panel with information on getting the most from the games industry’s most important international event, including pitching tips, networking information and essential business advice, with speakers confirmed including Dr Jo Twist, CEO of national trade body Ukie.

The event is also an opportunity to find out more about UKTI support for this special Northern Powerhouse trade mission to GDC 2016 (happening 14th-18th March 2016) including £500 grants for any games companies wanting to attend. For more information on the event schedule and to sign up, please head to the UKTI event website.