A GLASGOW-based technology company aiming to become the world leader in the digitisation of film is poised to open a major new studio in the city after securing £400,000 of new funding.

The deal will enable iMetaFilm, founded by husband-and-wife team Michael and Linda Howell, to take a major step forward in fulfilling its ambition to preserve cinematic history and establish a new global hub for film digitisation in the UK.

The company will also increase its headcount within a new custom-designed studio in Glasgow city centre, with state-of-the art technology enabling simpler and less labour-intensive digitisation processes with higher-quality scanning.

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Michael Howell said: “Every day we are losing film footage of enormous historical and cultural importance. This latest round of funding will enable us to use our technology to preserve this invaluable content so it can be used across a range of areas.”