Yorkshire’s film, TV and gaming industries have received a major boost by being awarded national lottery funding from the BFI.

The Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub bid against other areas for the money from the BFI’s Creative Clusters Challenge Fund.

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The £127,000 is to support the growth of emerging screen sector centres outside London and the South-East.

It will be matched by funding from a Yorkshire-wide consortium, Screen Yorkshire, in partnership with industry leaders Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

It is hoped the money will spearhead the hub’s mission to build sustainable, long-term growth in the region’s burgeoning film, TV and games industries.

There is a nine-month programme, starting in March 2016, to create a ‘Production Powerhouse’ to identify the investment required for skills, training, infrastructure and knowledge sharing in Yorkshire.

Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the BFI, said: “There’s something exciting happening in Yorkshire’s screen sector and there is huge potential in this dynamic region.

“We’re thrilled to support such a range of fantastic partners who have come together with one common goal: to ensure Yorkshire’s burgeoning screen industries continue to grow and flourish.”

Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: “This is a huge vote of confidence in our screen industries and will enable us to build a compelling case for further investment in the sector.”