Haley Edwards in Film & TV


Creative England announces initiatives to fuel film production

Creative England is building on its successes by announcing two initiatives to increase film opportunities for rising producer talent. The initiatives will boost producer skills, production capacity and access to markets through film financing and business-focused training support.

Creative England’s Market Trader 2017 launches at Cannes this week. In further initiatives to support producer talent, Creative England is also re-opening its Production Fund with a new injection of funding for 2016/17. 

Last year's Market Trader participants

Market Trader Co-Production

Creative England is inviting applications for Market Trader, the development programme that prepares film producers for working in international markets. Funded by Creative Skillset, the training programme takes participants through intensive residential workshops and mentoring in the UK to prepare them for major international markets.

The third edition of Market Trader will have a particular focus on co-production and will provide 10 producers with access to markets, including free attendance at the Galway Film Fair 2016.

Market Trader producers get to access invaluable industry business opportunities, exclusive industry meetings, and the chance to learn from industry heavyweights: last year’s Market Trader graduates are at this year’s Cannes Festival, putting their developed skills to the test in the marketplace. Producers interested in applying can meet Creative England’s film team at the UK Film Centre in Cannes on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th May between 9.30-10.30am. Appointments can be booked at the centre’s reception desk.

Market Trader prepares producers to work effectively in international markets. The closing date for applications to Market Trader 2017 is Friday 27th May. For more information visit click here.

Production Fund 

In addition to Market Trader, Creative England also invites applications to the Production Fund, with a further £600,000 on offer for investment in both fiction and documentary features with budgets in the region of up to £500,000. Creative England is particularly interested in hearing from first/second feature directors and more experienced directors looking to experiment with new approaches. The Production Fund is financed by the National Lottery.

  • Market Trader