The filming generated £500,000 in revenue for the North Somerset economy in 2021-22. Recent examples include ‘The Outlaws’, the BBC One primetime hit, the long-running children’s series ‘Tracy Beaker’ (BBC), ‘Sandition’ (ITV) and ‘Sandylands’ (Gold).
North Somerset Film Office has signed the Filming In England partnership with Creative UK. Convened by Creative England, the partnership links organizations ranging from local authorities and studios to national organizations such as the British Film Commission, National Trust and English Heritage to ensure England has the most supportive environment for filmmaking. possible.
A new website has been created where residents can offer their homes, businesses can offer catering or accommodation services, and crew can register their interest. It can also be financially rewarding – if your home is chosen to be used as a location, you can earn around £1000!
Councilor Mark Canniford, executive member of the North Somerset Council for Placemaking and the Economy, said: “We have an excellent existing reputation for film friendliness here in North Somerset, and I’m delighted we’re building on on this by signing up for the Filming In England Partnership. I hope this will help us to maximize the promotional opportunities created by filming and film tourism.
“Film tourism is great for our region because it showcases our rich natural and architectural assets to large audiences and draws people to filming locations. This is a huge plus for the visitor economy.
“I encourage local residents and businesses to visit the new website and register to get involved.”
Charlotte Bois, The Production Liaison Manager (South West) at Creative England, said: “Creative England welcomes the opportunity to work with the North Somerset Film Office through the Filming in England partnership. Our production services team works closely with the cinema offices in the English regions to meet the filming needs of high-end feature film and TV series productions.
“The UK film and TV industry is booming and the South West region has a lot to offer the industry. North Somerset is close to major production centers and offers a fantastic addition of location filming options, including coastal scenery, rural villages and seaside towns.
“The number of filming events taking place in the area is testament to the film-friendly attitude of the North Somerset Film Office in welcoming production and providing a professional and efficient service to the industry.”
The North Somerset Film Office believes that production companies are attracted by the strong infrastructure, diversity of locations, relatively low production costs and positive filming experience they have here. Over 100 shoots take place each year at locations across the region, from Abbots Pool and Portishead to Clevedon, the Mendips and Weston-super-Mare.
Jes Flay, stage manager of ‘The Sixth Commandment’ TV series which recently filmed in North Somerset, said: “On behalf of the entire production, thank you. In my 13 years in television I can honestly say that I haven’t had a film office that helped us as quickly and efficiently as you did You put me in touch with all the right people who got back to me straight away North Somerset Film Office really knows how to work properly with film crews and understands the difficulties surrounding our work.
To find out more about filming opportunities and the support available, visit the new North Somerset Film Office website at www.nsfilmoffice.co.uk.