Creative England is committed to supporting and developing filmmaking talent across England, and particularly outside London.

Through our Film Team, we're proud to have supported award winning features and shorts, from Andrew Haigh's emotional drama '45 Years' to Rachel Tunnard's touching tale 'Emotional Fusebox'. We aim to continue offering bespoke support, funding and advice to filmmakers at all stages of their career.

Below, you'll find details of our current Talent Development schemes. Talent in the other nations can visit the websites of our BFI NET.WORK partners Northern Ireland Screen, Creative Scotland and Film Agency for Wales. Film London also provides additional support for filmmakers based in the capital.

North West Talent Modules, delivered in partnership with FACT

Creative England are thrilled to be partnering with leading Liverpool-based media arts centre, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) to deliver a new series of Talent Modules aimed at new and emerging writers, directors and producers living and working in the North West and North Wales regions. The programme is the latest in a series of Creative England-devised Talent Modules that have been delivered in key regional centres including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Newcastle, Norwich and Sheffield.

We�??re looking for a diverse cohort of people with different specialities and backgrounds, and with experience in film, animation, TV, theatre, visual arts, music promos, or commercials. The course is intended for those interested in making the leap into feature films, and expanding their networks. Participants will meet fellow filmmakers working in the region, and hear from key film industry professionals.

Delivered as part of the BFI NET.WORK, the course will run from November 2016 to April 2017 at FACT in Liverpool.

The course is free to attend but places are limited. The application form can be found here; applications are open until Friday 4 November at 5pm.

Please note that applicants must be over 18 and out of full-time education in order to apply. All applicants should be based in either the North West of England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside) or North Wales (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham).

Emerging Talent

*Please note: following the BFI 2022 Strategy announcement in November
2016, there will be some changes to our Emerging Talent funding from April 2017. See below for details:

Emerging talent refers to writers, directors and writer/directors who...

  • Have already acquired some professional experience
  • Whose work has already attracted positive industry and/or public attention
  • Have not yet made a feature film that has attracted theatrical distribution

Feature Film Development

Eligible applicants will be able to apply for funding and support towards feature film development. We will support the development of live action and fictional feature film projects of all genres.

This may include a contribution towards option costs, research, writer's fees, script editing, producer's fees/overhead, director's services, legal, budget/schedule, casting, recce and other costs as may be agreed. We can also support the production of teasers and pilots where appropriate.

Short Film Production

From April 2017, we will phase out funding the production of Emerging Shorts. Please note:

  • If you already have a submission under consideration, we will continue to assess it according to the current guidelines.
  • If you have started an application but not yet submitted it, we will continue to accept applications up to and including Friday 31st March 2017 and assess it according to our current guidelines.

In both circumstances, we will support the best projects and talent. We advise applicants to only submit to us if the project is in its strongest possible state as we will only make awards to exceptional, fully developed Emerging shorts.

*Please note: during this transition in our Emerging Talent offer, it may take us longer than stated in our current guidelines to process all applications and reach a final verdict. We appreciate your patience during this time.

For further information about short film funding and support, please visit the BFI NETWORK website:

Apply for Creative England's Emerging Talent Fund

All application queries should be directed to:

New Talent

If you have some experience in self-funded short films, in student films or produced creative work that has not yet attracted financial support from within the film industry, we offer two entry level short film initiatives, iShorts and iShorts+, with contributions ranging from £5,000 to £10,000.


iShorts 3 has closed for applications. For more information, visit our iShorts page. Please sign up to our newsletter here and follow us on Twitter @CEFilm to stay updated on this initiative. iShorts is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI, an through the Skills Investment Fund.

iShorts+ Funny Girls

Applications are now closed for our inaugural iShorts+ initiative, 'Funny Girls'. Read more about this year's cohort on our Funny Girls page.

In collaboration with Baby Cow Productions and Big Talk Pictures, iShorts+ Funny Girls will support 5 narrative comedy short films - offering a £10,000 production award per film. We are looking to produce cinematic and bold stories to directed by exciting female directors across England from all comedic backgrounds (short films, TV, theatre, stand up, radio, web series, etc.) who not only have something fabulous, fresh and - most of all - funny, to share with today's audience, but also have the ambition to build a successful career in film comedy.