The Skills Investment Fund, the UK fund for training made up of voluntary contributions from local productions, may become obligatory under plans being discussed with the Government.
Stewart Till, who is deputy chairman of support body the UK Film Council and training agency Skillset, which administers the fund, told Screendaily that some 30% of productions were not contributing to the fund, which recently topped £2 million. Plans to make the fund obligatory come as the council and Skillset unveiled their strategy for a £50m training overhaul which would include a significant contribution from the Skills Investment Fund.
Till also suggested that the fund's cap could be raised. Currently, feature productions based in the UK or made with UK public funding contribute 0.5% of their production budgets.