Creative England offers production funding for feature length films through the Creative England Production Fund

Creative England Production Fund

Creative England Production Fund

The Creative England Production Fund supports feature films of all genres, including documentaries, using Lottery funds via BFI.

Submissions are currently closed for this fund. Please follow us on twitter, sign up for our newsletter and check this page to keep in touch with future production funding opportunities.

Creative England films backed by the Production Fund since 2013 have gone on to win various BIFAs and be nominated for Academy, BAFTA, and numerous other awards. At the 2016 BIFAs, films theatrically released that year and backed by this fund received a total of seventeen nominations in various categories, with ADULT LIFE SKILLS winning two awards and NOTES ON BLINDNESS and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS each winning one:  https://www.bifa.film/awards/winners. Festival world premieres of supported films have included Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Tribeca, SXSW, San Sebastian and London Film Festival.


GOD’S OWN COUNTRY premiered at Sundance, where it won the World Dramatic Competition, before going on to its European premiere in Berlin, where it won the Manner Jury Award for Best Film. Since then it has won the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh, Best International First Feature at Galway, Audience Award at San Francisco Frameline, Special Jury Award at Transilvania and Bill Sherwood Award at Toronto Inside Out. The film goes on international release in September 2017.


ADULT LIFE SKILLS won the Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca, Accession Award at the East End Film Festival, Writers Guild award for screenwriting, Best Debut Screenwriter and Best Supporting Actor amongst its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, and was nominated for a UK Critics Circle awards. The film went on UK release in 2016 to audience and critical acclaim.


NOTES ON BLINDNESS premiered at Sundance and won Best Documentary amongst its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, the Innovation Award at Sheffield DocFest, the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca, Best Documentary feature at San Francisco, and was nominated for Best British Film and Outstanding Debut at the 2017 BAFTAs, alongside a UK Critics Circle and SXSW Innovation Award nominations. The film went on UK release in 2016 with its ground-breaking VR tour, to great audience and critical acclaim.


ORION won the BIFA Discovery Award in 2016, the Grand Jury Music Film Prize at Nashville and was released in the US by Sundance Selects.


THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS premiered at Locarno and won Best Actress at Sitges, Best Director at Austen Fantastic Fest, the Breakthrough Producer award for Camille Gatin after being nominated for four BIFAs, and was nominated for Outstanding Debut at the 2017 BAFTAs. The film went on wide UK release in 2016.


THE ECSTASY OF WILKO JOHNSON won the Film Design Award at SXSW and FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage.


BURN BURN BURN won the Grand Jury Prize at Odessa and the Discovery Award at LOCO, and was nominated for a BIFA in 2015.


THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary at Sundance and Best Documentary at Edinburgh and Stockholm.


LIGHT YEARS was nominated for the International Critics Week Award at Venice, the Sutherland Award at LFF and Best Film by an Emerging Director at Munich.


THE CONFESSION premiered at Sheffield DocFest and was nominated for a BIFA for Best Documentary in 2016.


HUSTLER’S CONVENTION World premiered at DocNYC and UK premiered at Sheffield DocFest,


PAA JOE AND THE LION PAA JOE AND THE LION had its world premiere at SXSW.


45 YEARS won both Actor and Actress Silver Bear at Berlin, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at Edinburgh, the Coup de Couer at Dinard, and further awards from the Evening Standard, Boston Society of Film Critics, European Film Awards, London Film Critics Circle, Indiewire Critics Poll, and Valadolid. The film received nominations for the Academy, BAFTA and BIFA awards, and made history as the first £1m ‘day and date’ film release in the UK.


Forthcoming films in production or post-production include OLD BOYS, FANNY LYE DELIVERED, B&B, and documentaries FLYAWAY, IRENE’S GHOST and THE HIPPIES.


West Midlands Production Fund

Please note: This fund is currently closed for submissions with a view to reopening again in the near future – please check here and on our social media & newsletter regularly for updates.


Our West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) was set up with the support of ERDF to invest in the production of feature length films and high-end TV dramas from companies based in the West Midlands, as well as from producers looking to establish a base to film in the region.

Through the fund we have been able to financially support a number of releases that filmed within the West Midlands region, including:

THE GIRLS WITH ALL THE GIFTS was the opening film at Locarno before going on to Toronto, Sitges, Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Austen Fantastic Fest and more before its UK release by Warner in 2016. The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut, won a BIFA for Breakthrough Producer amongst its four nominations, won awards at Sitges, Fantastic Fest and Gerardmer, and was nominated for further awards by Locarno, Molins de Rei, London Critics Circle and Empire.

JAWBONE went on release by Vertigo in 2017 starring Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris and Michael Smiley, to a score composed by Paul Weller.

THE MARKER premiered at Edinburgh in 2017, where it was nominated for the Michael Powell award, before going on to Helsinki. The film is released in Autumn 2017.

THE CALL UP premiered at Brussels and Sci-Fi London before going on release in 2016.


SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD went on release in 2015 starring Kit Harrington, and was based on the successful BBC TV series.

NATIVITY 2: DANGER IN THE MANGER was the hugely successful sequel to NATIVITY!

ONE MILE AWAY won the Michael Powell award for best British feature at Edinburgh in 2012.

LINE OF DUTY series 1 was the first installation of the hugely successful, multi-award-winning, long-running BBC TV series.

DANCING ON THE EDGE was the Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning BBC TV serial.

Forthcoming WMPF features include FANNY LYE DELIVER’D.

Additional Funding

In addition to the Production Funding options offered by Creative England, there are other sources of finance available to filmmakers and production studios based within England. 

Below, you'll find details of additional sources of funding available from external outlets. We'll aim to add new Production Funding opportunities to this page as they arise, so do check back regularly for updates. 

BFI Film Fund

BBC Films

Film4

Creative Scotland

Northern Ireland Screen

Ffilm Cymru (Wales)

Doc Society

Pinewood

Yorkshire Content Fund

UK Tax Relief