East Lothian has launched its first ever film charter.

Approved by East Lothian Council this week, the charter, supported by Film Edinburgh, will simplify processes and increase clarity for filmmakers. It is hoped it will encourage new filming in the region.

Sitting alongside a new Code of Practice for Filmmakers, the new charter also outlines in detail the key responsibilities for Film Edinburgh in its role as East Lothian’s regional film commission. This includes facilitating requests and offering practical advice and support to all productions of every scale in the area.

Rosie Ellison, film manager for Film Edinburgh said: “The film charter gives clarity to the crucial structures within East Lothian that will ensure all filming enquires are dealt with as efficiently as possible.

“The East Lothian film charter brings the region in line with the updated charter that Film Edinburgh introduced for the city last year. Industry feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we expect future productions in East Lothian will likewise benefit.” Councillor John McMillan, council spokesperson for economic development and tourism, said: “This is the first time East Lothian has had a film charter and it’s a big step in cementing our film-friendly reputation. We now have the framework in place to work together to support future projects on every level and can guarantee filmmakers a welcoming reception.” The film charter and code of practice can be seen at www.filmedinburgh.org Last year, Film Edinburgh dealt with a total of 93 film and TV enquiries on behalf of East Lothian. This resulted in 77.5 days of filming in 2014 and generated more than £660,000 direct economic impact for the region, a 40 per cent rise in spend compared to 2013.

High-profile East Lothian productions include films such as The Railway Man, Under the Skin and Young Adam, as well as television shows including Outlander, Rebus and BBC’s Case Histories.