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.
East of England Talent Module: How to Get a First Feature Made
As part of the BFI NET.WORK, Creative England are launching a new Talent Module in partnership with write2screen aimed at new and emerging writers, directors and producers in the East of England looking to make their first feature film.
The free module will cover the key stages of developing, funding, producing and releasing a first feature film where you’ll get the opportunity to hear from industry experts and strike new collaborations in the region.
Who can apply? New and emerging writers, directors and producers based in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk) who have a strong and interesting track record in storytelling – film, novels, TV, theatre, stand-up comedy, poetry, visual arts, music videos etc. – but haven’t made a feature film.
There will be an opportunity to meet the team from Creative England and write2screen and ask questions about the module at a special short film screening and networking event on Thursday 8th September at Writers’ Centre Norwich.
Click here for further details and to book your place at the event.
Launch: Monday 8th August 2016
Deadline: Monday 12th September 2016
Talent Modules: Thursday 6th October, Wednesday 9th November, Thursday 1st December, Monday 12th December, Thursday 12th January and Thursday 16th February
Click here to apply. Please make sure to read the FAQs below before applying.
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.
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.
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
We will support the production of shorts from writer/directors and directors who have written or have a formal attachment to a feature film that is at treatment or beyond.
Proposed short film projects must have been developed to first draft or beyond have a duration of 10 to 30 minutes, be achievable within a budget range of £10,000 to £50,000, and be a creatively and professionally relevant calling card for a first feature.
All application queries should be directed to: Talent.Centres@CreativeEngland.co.uk