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September 2017 | Screen Daily

In his interview with Screen, Jon Wardle laid out his vision for the NFTS, including a new base in Scotland.

With the BBC set to invest an additional £40 million a year into BBC Scotland and a commitment to make three or four shows, the same scale as Doctor Who, over the next few years, it looks like Scotland is set to require a skilled media workforce.

The launch of an NFTS Scotland was announced by Nicola Sturgeon at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year, and although it won't initially offer full time courses, the Scotland branch will be able to offer part-time and short courses in subjects such as script editing and production management.

“NFTS’ plans will complement and expand the training opportunities available in Scotland,” Sturgeon commented in her keynote speech. “We have seen a rise in high-profile film and television productions being made in Scotland, and this government is focused on ensuring that continues. That is why we are establishing a new Screen Unit within Creative Scotland to better coordinate public sector support for screen.”

To find out more about the new initiative, please click here.

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