Feature films and television shows are to find the Yorkshire region an even better place in which to film as it becomes the latest English county to sign Creative England’s innovative Film Friendly Charter.
The signing of the Charter took place last week at York Minster and organisers of the scheme hope will give a clear sign to production companies that Yorkshire values the contribution their industries make to the local economy and wants them to do more work in the area.
Yorkshire is the eighth county to sign a Film Friendly Charter alongside Creative England, the national agency which supports film and television productions shooting outside London, and promotes the English regions as a fantastic place to film.
The new Film Friendly Partnership for Yorkshire comprises 19 separate councils from Richmondshire in the north to Sheffield in the south, taking in the East Riding, and Leeds and Bradford in the west; along with tourism organisations Welcome to Yorkshire, Visit Hull & East Yorkshire and Visit York, and Bradford City of Film. The charter was countersigned by Chris Hordley, Creative England’s Production Liaison Manager for Yorkshire.
By signing up to the charter, the relevant bodies in each county are setting out in writing an agreement about how they will support the film industry and encourage filmmakers to choose their area for location filming.
The signing comes as Yorkshire’s stunning locations were enjoyed by millions each week in Edwardian costume drama Parade’s End on BBC Two, featuring Duncombe Park in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, as well as the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.