Local film company receives grant investment

Local film production company secures a grant of £1,959 from the Isles of Scilly Voucher Scheme.

Sword and Mirror Picture’s is an island based film production company set up and run by local graduate, Alice Chuter. Alice holds a BA Honours in Film Studies and a Certificate in Film Making from the prestigious National Film and Television School. Initially, the main business focus will be to produce short films and promotional adverts for local companies with a longer term view to produce feature films that are inspired by or set on the islands in which she grew up.

The business was launched in 2021 after Alice successfully applied for a grant from the Isles of Scilly Voucher Scheme of £1,959. These funds enabled the purchase of professional quality equipment and software that enabled the business to set up and provide the production services straight away.

Alice says "the funding from the Voucher Scheme has allowed me to take my future into my own hands. It enabled me to start my own business in the place that I grew up. The grant has given me the tools and equipment needed to be able to produce videography for projects based on and about Scilly. I am currently working with the Isles of Scilly Museum in their bid to secure funding for a new building, working with them on promotional materials, documenting the progress and campaigns. I am so grateful to the Voucher Scheme for creating something that can help a young person step out on their own, and establish themselves in a field that they are passionate about."

Kirsty Graham, Engagement Officer from the Voucher Scheme says: “It has been great to be able to support such an exciting new business on the islands and wish Alice all the best with her new ventures.”

The Voucher Scheme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and is delivered by the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

We can currently fund eligible businesses with up to 50% of the total project cost so if you have a growth project or a fledgling start up business in mind please get in touch to find out more.

The Voucher Scheme closes on June 31st 2022, and any projects interested in coming forward will need to be able to complete within this timeframe.

For more information about the Voucher Scheme go to www.iosvoucherscheme.co.uk or email: voucherscheme@scilly.gov.uk