Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/01/new_year_brings_old_problems.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/01/new_year_brings_old_problems.html en-gb 30 Fri 03 Jul 2015 16:08:15 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/01/new_year_brings_old_problems.html atibbs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/01/new_year_brings_old_problems.html?page=66#comment2 Scottish Screen at the very least does need reforming. For starters, it's very hard to actually get a grant from them for film production. With all their grants (and there aren't that many to choose from), they require you to get X amount of funding from someone else before they will give you any money. Frequently this is around 50% if not more. Quite ridiculous if you're only wanting a couple of thousand for a short film - where are you meant to get the other half of the money?Also, Scottish Screen has become a bit of a clique with a lot of people who receive the funding tend to have been previously employed by Scottish Screen.The third problem with Scottish Screen is the use of the money they receive from the government. Scottish Screen fund numerous different schemes and training, etc. What they don't seem to take into account is that they are spending all their money on getting people into a position to work in the film industry in Scotland, but because of their grant limitations, there aren't that many jobs being created in the industry. Hence not many films and programmes are made up here, so people tend to move south.It would be much better for Scottish Screen to divert more of their money into film production, particularly for new writers and directors to encourage new blood, and spend less on propping up so many courses, setting up new businesses, work in schools, etc. If a country like Norway can manage a film industry almost wholly funded by the government, why can't Scotland go some way towards this? Wed 07 Jan 2009 13:04:50 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/01/new_year_brings_old_problems.html?page=33#comment1 Pauline:That is true; With the New Year brings old problems...~Dennis Junior~ Wed 07 Jan 2009 07:37:18 GMT+1 newsjock http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2009/01/new_year_brings_old_problems.html?page=0#comment0 Perhaps if we didn't spend £17 million plus of tartan cash in trying to keep one of many italian paintings in the UK, we might have a few more baw-bees to spend on encouraging true SCOTTISH art. Tue 06 Jan 2009 20:40:12 GMT+1