Kate O'Hara in Film & TV


Creative England’s Micro-Budget Film Initiative iFeatures Re-Opens For Applications

Creative England is pleased to reveal that our micro-budget film scheme, iFeatures (funded by Creative England, BFI, BBC and Creative Skillset), has returned for a fourth year. 

Aimed at up and coming writer, director and producer teams from across the UK, iFeatures is Creative England’s flagship programme for low-budget feature film development and production. As part of the application process teams are asked to submit a 7-10 page treatment of their proposed project for consideration. 12 projects will be selected to join the development process with three of those projects being greenlit for production in 2017 on budgets of £350,000.

Previous titles to emerge from the iFeatures’ initiative include Guy Myhill’s award-winning coming-of-age drama ‘The Goob’ (above, right), gritty family story ‘Norfolk’ from director Martin Radich and quirky cult adventure ‘Spaceship’ (below, left) by filmmaker Alex Taylor. 

An additional three feature films are currently in various stages of production from iFeatures3, including ‘Lady Macbeth’ from writer Alice Birch, director William Oldroyd and producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly; ‘Apostasy’ from writer/director Dan Kokotajlo, writer Charlotte Wise and producers Marcie MacLellan and Andrea Cornwell and ‘The Levelling’ from writer/director Hope Dickson Leach and producer Rachel Robey. Find out more about these projects here.

The three films created through the first round of iFeatures include ‘8 Minutes Idle’ by director Mark Simon Hewis, producer Sarah Cox and writers Matt Thorne and Nicolas Blincoe; ‘Flying Blind’ from director Kasia Klimkiewicz, producer Alison Sterling and writers Naomi Wallace, Bruce McLeod and Caroline Harrington, and ‘In The Dark Half’ by director Al Siddons, writer Lucy Catherine and writer/producer Margaret Matheson. Originally focused in Bristol, the scheme has since expanded with the aim of producing stories that represent the voice of the English regions outside of London.

The iFeatures team are looking to develop a new slate of projects which convey a sense of time and place from compelling new filmmakers who have the ability to challenge audiences worldwide. Newly appointed Executive Producer Zorana Piggott will oversee this latest round of iFeatures talent, bringing her 15 years’ worth of film industry experience to the selection and development process.

Please note: iFeatures4 has now closed for applications. Follow us on Twitter for updates.

For more information on how to apply and to download copies of the programme guidelines and FAQs, visit our iFeatures page. Find out more about iFeatures by visiting their Facebook page, following the team on Twitter or heading to their website

Follow Creative England’s Film Team on Twitter for the latest updates regarding opportunities for filmmakers.

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