Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders
Funding & Incentives
Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Funding & Incentives

Film Edinburgh can help save you on time, money and red tape by facilitating your crew and locations needs.

You may also be interested in the opportunities provided by Creative Scotland, BFI and Creative Europe to help with script and production development and production funding. The British Film Commission advises filmmakers about accessing the film and TV tax credits.

Creative Scotland is the national agency for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries.

Creative Scotland invests money, including National Lottery funds, in the development and promotion of Scotland’s screen industries via a range of initiatives, projects and activities designed to develop talent, audiences and businesses across the country. Investment strands include:

  • Content development fund
  • Content production fund
  • Talent development fund
  • Opportunities fund
  • Digital Media IP fund
  • Audience Development fund
  • Market Development fund
  • Production Growth Fund - a new fund available from 30 October 2015, aimed at incentivising producers to film in Scotland. Funding to a 6:1 spend ratio is available to feature films and high value TV dramas that film in Scotland.

Further information on all the above schemes can be found at


The British Film Institute is the Government-backed lead agency for film in the UK ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad.

The BFI funds script development, film production, short films, film export and distribution, cinemas, film education, culture and archives, festivals and audience support schemes. For details, visit BFI.

Creative Europe is a programme of the European Union to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, TV and new media industries and to increase the international circulation of European audiovisual product.

Independent production and distribution companies can apply for development or distribution funding in the form of non-repayable grants. Financial assistance is available for training providers and organisers of markets and festivals. Individuals may also benefit from subsidised places on training courses and international markets.

Visit Creative Europe for further information.

Tax Credit - British Film Commission

The British Film Commission is the place to go to find out about the tax relief that is available to qualifying British films and scripted TV drama. For qualifying feature films, up to 25% tax relief of 80% of total qualifying UK expenditure is available. For scripted television projects with a minimum core expenditure of £1 million per broadcast hour, the a rebate of up to 25% of qualifying UK expenditure is available. - See more at: