Kent attracts and delivers internationally acclaimed film and TV productions such as Call the Midwife and James Bond for the variety of on-location filming options. The estimated for the 2021/22 financial year, filming generated a record breaking over £8 million for the Kent economy. This presents a huge opportunity for both our partners and the destination as a whole to maximise on the opportunity not only attract more film productions to Kent, but to drive visitor footfall and spend through screen tourism.
To ensure Kent is capitalising on the opportunities around screen tourism, Visit Kent will focus on three key areas that will help to position the area for future production opportunities as well as maximising on the existing filming taking place in the county:
To support tourism businesses in Kent to support them to maximise on the filming opportunities, with the support of consultant Seren Welch and Filming in England, Visit Kent has pulled together a variety of resources packed with tips and advice for businesses, including actionable checklists to help with production company enquiries through to fully developing a screen tourism product.
Click Here to Download Screen Tourism Toolkit
Kent has long recognised the economic benefits of filming. The increase in employment, tourism, and the direct spend into the local economy by productions make a strong case for the council to back filming and the development of Kent as a film location.
We are proud to be a Filming in Kent partner, welcoming filming to Kent and ensuring cooperation and commitment to assist Film and TV drama productions. The Kent Filming Partnership aims to position Kent & Medway as a Film Friendly County which is appealing to the film and television industry, enabling all members in the partnership to work together to maximise on the opportunities for inward investment, tourism and PR the film & broadcast industries can bring to Kent.
The Kent Film Office was established in 2006 as an economic development initiative by Kent County Council. It generates inward investment into the Kent & Medway economies from the film and broadcast industries while ensuring that any filming activity taking place in the region is lawful and considerate of Kent & Medway’s residents and businesses.
Kent Film Office’s mission is to maximise inward investment from filming activity for a minimum of disruption to residents and businesses.
Primarily, the Kent Film Office offers a first-class Film Commissioning Service to the film and broadcast industries.
We are proud to be a Filming in England and Filming in Kent Partner, welcoming filming to Kent and ensuring cooperation and commitment to assist Film and TV drama productions. The Filming in England Partnership exists to connect different organisations across England, outside of London, in order to create a film friendly environment.
Kent has featured in films such as James Bond and TV productions such as Call the Midwife and is becoming a popular location choice for production companies, hosting productions of all scales from period dramas to fantasy films.
To continue to raise the profile of the stunning film friendly locations Kent has to offer and increase chances of being scouted for future filming, we are encouraging Kent Tourism businesses to register their location on the Filming in England Locations database for free.
If you are an accommodation provider there are opportunities to provide services to film crews during filming. Registering to the Filming in England’s free facilities database creates opportunities to introduce your business to productions working on feature films and TV dramas in Kent.