After years in the planning, Film City Glasgow is ready to officially launch.
With a combined investment of £3.5m from Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council and the European Regional Development Fund, Film City Glasgow boasts the country’s first Dolby theatre, a new filming studio, rehearsal space, sound and picture editing suites.
The 65,000 sq ft site has already attracted a host of top industry names, has 21 permanent tenants and its feature film and production spend has already exceeded £30m. As such, it is a key part of Glasgow new digital media quarter, with its closest neighbours BBC Scotland and Scottish Television.
Inspired by a trip in 2000 to Filmbyen, a media hub in a decommissioned army barracks on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Gillian Berrie of Sigma Films decided she wanted to recreate this in Glasgow.
“It had a real creative buzz to it,” she recalled. “I thought it was wonderful and felt we should have this in Glasgow, where the independent film community was very fragmented and people were working from home or in rented offices all over the city. I felt Scotland would benefit from having a central space that would engender cross-fertilisation of ideas and talent. I wanted to get everyone under one roof and get some corridor culture going”
Glasgow Film Office has supported the project from the outset and we are delighted that it has finally come to fruition.. even if it did take nine years!