Screen Alliance North is a BFI Skills Cluster, created by Liverpool Film Office, North East Screen, Screen Manchester and Screen Yorkshire with support of the BFI, awarding National Lottery funding.
The four screen agencies have come together as a lead skills body for the North of England to tackle skills shortages and improve access to quality training provision for diverse talent and communities. The initial three-year programme will enable the four partners to work strategically across the broader North to build a stronger, happier and more inclusive skilled workforce, helping to secure its future as a leading global centre for screen production.
In April 2023 we were awarded £2.3m BFI National Lottery Funding to make the screen sector more accessible and representative and to build a thriving and skilled workforce across the whole of the North of England, which proudly reflects on our
Diverse, talented and ambitious communities
Dynamic culture and heritage
Drive to become a beacon of sustainable screen production
The funding will enable us to work collaboratively with local industry and education and training providers to develop clearer pathways to long-term employment in film and TV production. We believe in a screen sector where access to opportunity is the norm. Whatever your background or wherever you live, we see a future for those with the ambition to work in the sector.
We are a uniquely northern partnership, grounded in a national context with sights set internationally. As we work closely with the screen industries and regional authorities, we can connect industry knowledge, opportunities and partnerships so that we can help boost regional economy and employment. The scale of our footprint across the whole of the North of England gives us the opportunity to identify the skills needed, to reach out to new entrants from a range of backgrounds to support their career journeys and can steer decision-makers and providers towards sustainable skills provision.
The BFI Skills Cluster investment aims to strike a balance between building on existing production infrastructure to provide new entrance and development opportunities in the most established areas of activity, while also helping to grow local crew bases in more emergent areas.
The funding focusses on establishing localised support for skills development and training with a clear aim to create new opportunities for people from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in the sector.