31 January 2018

More than 50 film-makers have submitted 250 clips for a film supporting a Channel 4 move to Sheffield.

The clip, voiced by actress Lois Pearson from Sheffield People’s Theatre and featuring many of the submissions, today launches the new website www.c4sheffield.com

It features clips from many local film-makers, as well as familiar shots of Sheffield success stories The Full Monty and Jarvis Cocker and music from Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon.

Richard Caborn, Chair of Sheffield’s Channel 4 Bid said “Bringing Channel 4 to Sheffield is a fantastic opportunity for the city and the whole of the region.

“Through establishing a national screen institute in the city to develop digital technologies we can provide a platform to do something similar in the creative and digital industries to the work we have done with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Olympic Legacy Park.

“This video is a great showcase of what Sheffield has to offer Channel 4 and the appetite across the city to work together to make this happen.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at SCC, said: “If Channel 4 needed any more proof that we are a city of creative innovators, then this video is it. I was thrilled to see so many people answer the call – and even if we’ve not been able to use every clip – we will be thanking them individually.

“The film recognises what a colourful, diverse and creative city we are – and perfect for Channel 4 if they want to move here. We’ve got the infrastructure, digital connectivity and talent to create something very special – as this video demonstrates.”

Sheffield is developing a national screen industries institute that puts it at the heart of new and emerging digital technologies, with Channel 4 expected to be a major supporter if it chooses to move to the city. Sheffield has said that it will support the broadcaster if it wants to move some of its operation to the city, a move which could create hundreds of jobs and boost the economy by millions.

The National Screen Institute, backed by the city’s two Universities, could build on the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Olympic Legacy Park by bringing the private and public sector together to develop world-leading digital technologies.

A decision is expected later in the year. To watch the video go to www.c4sheffield.com