Below you'll find some more details of the various programmes that are run by or in partnership with Creative England.

It's our aim to help develop and fund new, emerging and existing talent across England outside of London. To jump to a specific programme, simply click the buttons at the top of this page.

Film Enterprise

Creative England's Film Enterprise fund will invest £2m over four years to improve the growth and sustainability of film-related businesses in England outside of Greater London.

We will work with companies on an individual basis and design made-to-measure programmes of business support and funding to help entrepreneurs unlock new opportunities, develop creative strategies, refine their business models and attract increased levels of corporate finance. We are also looking to encourage new business alliances and joint ventures and to help companies enhance their capacity for international trade.

We welcome applications from companies that have feature film at the core of the business or who wish to expand their business model into this area and can demonstrate that they have the skills and capability to do so. Primarily by evidencing a strong track record in content creation that has reached a commercial market.

What does Film Enterprise offer?

Film Enterprise has a range of options at its disposal and our aim is to work with film companies and the people who run them to develop a plan for funding and support that is most appropriate to the needs and aspirations of the individual business. We will support companies to develop their creative and business strategies, diversify revenue streams and take advantage of emerging markets.

We can offer recoupable grant, debt and equity funding alongside "money+" options such as business planning, skills development, leadership training, mentoring and the attachment of non-exec directors. However, this list is by no means exhaustive and our principle is that the offer is bespoke rather than prescriptive.

Please note that Film Enterprise does not offer standalone single project or slate funding. We will however consider proposals that include these as part of an overall business growth plan.

Download our Film Enterprise Guidelines

Film Enterprise is now close for applications.

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Producer Hothouse

Launch: July 2016

Selection: 4th August 2016

Duration: 6 month placement. October 2016- March 2017.

Producer Hothouse is an intensive professional development programme in which up to ten successful entrants will have the opportunity to undertake a six-month placement with an established production company.

The potential host companies are incredibly well respected, such as Sheffield's Warp Films, known for producing Dead Man's Shoes and This is England, and Ridley Scott's London-based Scott Free Productions, known for producing Before I Go To Sleep. Other companies on the impressive roster include 42, Altitude Film Entertainment, Number 9 Films, Pulse Films, Trademark Films and Vertigo Films.

The hothouse, open to producers based outside London who are on the cusp of a first or second feature, will give successful applicants the chance to tackle the complexities of running a film business. It will offer an ongoing meaningful professional development opportunity for producers within the host company, whilst also allowing them space and time to progress their own projects independently.

During the period of the placement successful applicants will receive a professional development bursary award of £9,000 plus an allocation towards relocation costs/expenses. Producers must be based outside London in England or Scotland to apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday 4th August 2016.

Click here to apply

Creative Producer Initiative

Launch: July 2016

Deadline: 26th August 2016

Duration: 5 x 2 day modules from October 2016 to March 2017.

Strong creative skills are an essential part of being a successful feature film producer and attracting the best talent to collaborate with. The ability to generate a project, identify the right talent for it and keep the momentum going throughout what is often a long and arduous development process are important skills any emerging producer should aim to develop. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, film producers must also diversify their project portfolio and develop not only projects for the big screen, but also television, documentaries and/or online series in order to maximise their chances of sustaining themselves.

This initiative aims to help a selected cohort of emerging producers achieve those objectives, strengthen their creative film skills and learn more about developing for other formats and platforms.

Who can apply? Emerging producers based in England and with no more than one full producer credit (feature, television).

Please make sure to read the guidelines below before applying. Click here to apply.

Supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund.

Market Trader III: Co Production

Creative England relaunches the third iteration of the acclaimed Market Trader, a professional development programme aimed at giving emerging UK feature film producers a better understanding of international markets and international co-production.

The programme, run with support from Creative Skillset, will be delivered through intensive residential workshops and mentoring from some top-level experts across 6 months June-December 2016 to prepare participants for engagement with international markets, along with support and attendance at Galway Film Fair 2016.

10 producers will be selected for Market Trader. Applicants should have already produced one feature that will ideally have achieved international sales.The programme takes the differing needs and perspectives of participants through a 360 degree holistic approach helping producers hone their skills in pitching, negotiating and closing deals with particular focus on their current project and slate.

Key programme dates:

  • Co-production workshop- 30th June 2016
  • Galway Film Fleadh- 7th -10th July 2016
  • 3 Day Workshop- 7th- 9th September 2016
  • Future Markets Workshop- December, exact date tbc

Course directors Mia Bays and Julia Short each cover more than 25 years experience. Julia is a distribution and marketing expert, former partner at Verve Pictures and currently training expert on high profile courses such as Inside Pictures. Whilst Mia is an Oscar winning twice BAFTA nominated producer, former creative producer on 8 films for the Microwave scheme, and prior to that, a distributor and sales agent.

Previous speakers include Angus Lamont producer of '71, Matthew Baker of Hanway and Laura Wilson of EOne. Mentoring takes place throughout the programme with experienced producers/creatives such as Peter Ettedgui whose credits include LISTEN TO ME MARLON and KINKY BOOTS, and Beatrice Neumann a sales and international expert formerly of The Works and Content.

The total fee is £500 which covers all workshops, activities, course materials, accommodation for 3 day workshop to non- London residents, along with some meals and refreshments. Market badges and accommodation at Galway Film Fair 2016 are also included. Find a host of Market Trader video resources on our Hiive Swarm page.

Apply for Market Trader here.

Application deadline: Friday 27th May 2016 5pm

All application queries should be directed to:

Learn about our 2016 participants here.

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