Applications for iFeatures 2019 are now closed.

iFeatures is an annual feature film lab programme driving the development of low-budget, high-quality debut features from the most outstanding, daring and distinctive storytellers across the UK. The programme is run by Creative England and supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, BBC Films and the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.

iFeatures is targeted at emerging writers, directors and writer/directors who have yet to make a funded feature film, and at producers who are still at an emerging stage of their career. We look for creative talent whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention in fields from short films, theatre, TV and documentaries, to online storytelling, art film and video, video gaming, commercials/advertising, graphic novels and music promos.

In addition to receiving development funding, up to 12 selected teams take part in an intensive, exploratory 10-month programme which includes residential Lab events, dedicated support and access to industry and networks, as well as mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. Following the programme, BFI and BBC Films have committed to ensuring that at least three of the projects progress to production.

iFeatures is driven by the principle that low-budget, ambitious, well told stories can break out to achieve critical, audience and even commercial success. Multi-award winning and acclaimed films developed through the lab have included iFeatures productions Apostasy, Lady Macbeth, The Levelling, and The Goob, as well as further films such as God’s Own Country, Adult Life Skills and Pin Cushion.

Applications for iFeatures 2019 are now closed.

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To find out more about what we're looking for, listen to our latest podcast episode.

To find out more about last year’s programme and selected teams, listen to our 2018-2019 iFeatures podcast.

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iFeatures podcast

Check out our brand new iFeatures podcast here. Over the next 8 episodes, we’re going to take a closer look at this year’s iFeatures programme, as we follow the journeys of 12 teams of emerging filmmaking talent, who successfully navigated their way through several rounds of applications, as well as pitching to a panel of industry executives who will help guide them through the entire programme, from workshop to workshop and all the road bumps in between.