It’s been a very interesting week for filmmakers on the Isle of Man, with the announcement of the Government’s plans for the film industry (which you can read about here). There are plenty of things that could be said/read into the Pinewood deal and we’re not going to pass comment until we know more ourselves – it could end up being a good thing for the Island, who knows! But the primary questions for us here at MShorts must lie with the £25million Media Development Fund, and whether there is any thought to how we can still build our indigenous film-making skill base and whether this is going to mean more or less on-island production.
Once the fund is controlled “off island” will there be any thought as to the secondary additional benefits we get from a local spend. Will they not just look at the bottom line and look at the initial cost of filming here. After all, there have been few official moves to build a sustainable infrastructure here and if no one is blowing out trumpet loudly, they’ll shoot where the costs are lowest, the skills and infrastructure are abundant and the incentives are high.
We are doing our best to find out what this will mean to us, the Isle of Man film-making community and what potential the future holds. Regardless of Government support and encouragement, I am sure we will always make films ourselves. However, it would be good to know that they are serious about this Island being a film-making centre. The Isle of Man Arts Council, have been extremely supportive of us as far as they can be – but their contribution alone will only help us fund the projects themselves, without additional support their is nothing to cover admin and training.
Of course, if there’s no training & no administration, there’s no scheme. And therefore no films to fund. Can we profess to having a Manx Film Industry if there is no support or basis for films to be shot on the Isle of Man and no homegrown product to show anyone?
The good thing is though, the industry is in the limelight and we’re finally creeping into that light 🙂 Watch this space, we’ll keep you posted….