Creative England is committed to supporting and developing filmmaking talent across England, with a particular emphasis on the English regions.

As part of the BFI NET.WORK using National Lottery funds, we have been proud to support and facilitate the careers of a huge range of award winning talent. In addition to all our iFeatures films, Creative England has developed many successfully produced features including: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (Sundance), ADULT LIFE SKILLS (Tribeca), NOTES ON BLINDNESS (Sundance), ENGLAND IS MINE (Edinburgh), PIN CUSHION (Venice), THE RITUAL (Toronto), PAA JOE AND THE LION (SXSW), ORION (SXSW), THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (Sundance), LIGHT YEARS (Venice) and LONG FORGOTTEN FIELDS. Forthcoming features we have supported in development include: CALIBRE, FLYAWAY, POSSUM, HOW TO SELL A WAR, ONLY YOU, GET A LIFE, TWO FOR JOY, and more.

Shorts we have produced via the Emerging fund, iShorts and Alumni have been BAFTA, BIFA and IFTA nominated, playing at festivals worldwide including Cannes Critics Week, SXSW, Tribeca, Palm Springs, Rhode Island, Chicago, Telluride, Sacramento, St Louis, Vancouver, Ottowa, Sydney, Melbourne, Edinburgh, LFF, LSFF, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Leeds, Aesthetica, Encounters, DocFest, Annecy, Anima Mundi, Odense, Hamburg, Tampere, Leipzig, Valledoid, Valletta, Brest, Rouen, Taichung, Short Shorts Tokyo, Frightfest, Screamfest, Grimmfest, Mayhem and many more. 

Our NET.WORK talent initiatives have included: iWrite (with Royal Exchange Manchester, Live Theatre Newcastle, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep, Writers Centre Norwich); Talent Modules in Sheffield, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Liverpool and Norwich with various partners (Showroom, Lighthouse, Flatpack, NFM, FACT); Creative Producer Initiative; Weekender; NET.WORK@LFF. Other Creative England supported talent initiatives have included Cross Channel Film Lab, Triangle, Elevator, Think Shoot Distribute. 

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 ScreenCreative Scotland and Film Agency for WalesFilm London also provides additional support for filmmakers based in the capital.

Please visit the BFI's website for an update on current and future funding opportunities in England.

Emerging Talent

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 should include the cost of writer's fees, and may include a contribution towards research, script editing, producer's fees/overhead, director's services, legal, budget/schedule, casting, recce, options and other costs as may be agreed. We also support the production of teasers and short pilots/proof-of-concept films where appropriate.

We will accept applications until 30 September 2017
– please see here for information on development funding opportunities thereafter: https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/update-on-current-and-future-funding-opportunities-england 

Apply for Creative England's Emerging Talent Fund

For further information about short film funding and support, please visit the BFI NETWORK website: http://network.bfi.org.uk/

All application queries should be directed to: Talent.Centres@CreativeEngland.co.uk