This represents a 109% increase on 2016 and is thanks in a large part to a number of feature films shot on location in Edinburgh in 2017, including Avengers: Infinity War, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.
Today’s Film Edinburgh’s figures speak for themselves and the Council will continue to do all it can to support Edinburgh on screen and the more than £16m economic boost it brings.Gavin Barrie, Economy Convenor, The City of Edinburgh Council
One of the world’s biggest and most beloved movie franchises, Avengers: Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh for six weeks last March and April. With a further three months of advance preparations, and after a year of facilitation between Film Edinburgh and Marvel executives, it demonstrates that Edinburgh has the infrastructure and process in place to accommodate and welcome big budget productions.
Joe Russo, Director Avengers: Infinity War said during filming last year; "When Edinburgh came up as a location option we jumped at the chance…The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film".
With a total of 1,068 days of filming, there were 348 productions made in the city in 2017, including 11 feature films, 7 TV dramas, 88 factual shows, 24 commercials and countless other programmes produced in the city with assistance from Film Edinburgh.
Rosie Ellison, Film Manager for Film Edinburgh; "It has been a fantastic year at Film Edinburgh, and of course the impact of Avengers: Infinity War has been a large contributor to that. We are looking forward to the film opening in April, and encourage fans to come and see it in Edinburgh!".
Matt Jones: Supervising Location Manager for Avengers, and for Outlaw King; "I have worked all over the world on feature films and it was a real pleasure to come back to Edinburgh in 2017 with Avengers: Infinity War and Outlaw King. That Edinburgh was able to host this scale of production is a real credit to the city, and I have to say that we felt supported every step of the way by the City Council and its film office, Film Edinburgh...