LSBU awarded £6.1 million to develop Film, TV and Creative Industries in London and S.E.
19 October 2020
London South Bank University (LSBU) has been awarded £6.1 million to support the development and growth of creative businesses in London and the South East. The funding comes from a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant.
The £6.1 million funding will be used to bring together creative businesses and industry experts and fund three new ‘Innovation Hubs’ at: Folkestone Glassworks Centre, Canterbury New Creative Arts Building and Maidstone Television and Film Studios. They will provide:
Studios, editing suites and working space where businesses can use specialist computers for Editing and Post-Production
Live streaming links to other Innovation Hubs and venues.
Super-fast internet connections and cloud computing to help businesses to extend their national and international client base.
Small and medium-sized businesses in London, Essex, East Sussex and Kent who specialise in Post-Production for film, television, games, advertising or tourism will be invited to attend events at three ‘Innovation Hubs’. The events will give creative businesses access to university researchers, industry experts and state-of-the-art studio equipment. The project will be delivered with Canterbury Christ Church University as one of LSBU’s principal partners.
Professor Janet Jones, Dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries, LSBU, said,
“We will use this £6.1 million funding to support the expansion of creative businesses across London and the South East. They will get access to state-of-the-art studios, editing suites and advice from university researchers and industry experts.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has put huge pressure on businesses. We will use the £6.1 million funding to help businesses grow and support the development of the next generation of filmmakers and creative industry leaders.”
LSBU was joint 2nd in UK and 1st in London for Film Production & Photography career prospects in the Guardian University Guide, 2021.
The three ‘Innovation Hubs’ and their facilities are for the sole use of SMEs and researchers over the 3.5 years of the project. The £6.1million will fund upgrades to the buildings.
Editing and Post-Production is part of the process of filmmaking, video production, and photography that takes place after shooting or recording. Editing and Post-Production specialists use a variety of techniques and technologies including animation, Visual Effects (VFX) and Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). Editing and Post-Production gives students the chance to launch wide range of careers from editors to visual effect artists on feature films, television or online media.
Small and medium sized businesses in London, Essex, East Sussex and Kent who specialise in Pre-Visualisation or Post-Production for film, television, games, advertising or tourism will be invited to attend events at the 3 Innovation Hubs. The events will give businesses access to university researchers, industry experts and state-of-the-art studios / equipment.