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Talent Development

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

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. 

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 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.

Apply for Creative England's Emerging Talent Fund

All application queries should be directed to: