Creative England is excited to have chosen 19 new producer / director teams as part of a nationwide search to find the country’s best new filmmakers. To find out more about our chosen iShorts teams head here.
iShorts is our short film initiative delivered as part of the BFI NET.WORK. Following hundreds of applications from aspiring filmmakers, the chosen teams will receive a share of just under £100k from Creative England.
To unlock a share of the £100,000 fund, each film team has launched a project on the UK’s leading rewards-based crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder - giving them a unique opportunity to raise additional finance from the crowd, reach new audiences and make the film of their dreams.
In order to promote their Crowdfunder campaigns, each project is offering a wide variety of rewards, including opportunities for cameo appearances in the films. Different rewards are available for different levels of financial contribution, details of which can be found on each team's individual Crowdfunder page.
Watch the video below to see how our iShorts programme helped last year's applicants:
Creative England is committed to supporting new film talent. In the last three and a half years, we've invested over £9million in film projects and helped 80 filmmakers make their first short film or their dream feature production.
The iShorts campaign with Crowdfunder aims to promote some of the country’s brightest and best film talent. Chosen filmmakers hail from across the regions, from Devon to Newcastle and their stories range from a mountain rescue drama to reincarnation, an outspoken comedian, to a serially depressed serial killer.
The chosen filmmakers will also receive editorial support, industry mentoring and networking opportunities via our Talent Centres, as well as have access to a bespoke training programme funded by Creative Skillset.
“This country is full of incredibly talented writers, directors and producers, but finding film finance can be a struggle," said Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury.
"Creative England’s iShorts scheme offers the funding and support they need to get their film off the ground and, with the help of Crowdfunder, we hope the public will get behind them too. Let’s give our most talent filmmakers the best chance of making some outstanding films!”
Graeme Roy, Head of Marketing at Crowdfunder, added, “We’ve got a great tradition of fantastic films in England and it’s brilliant to see the next generation of filmmakers using Crowdfunder. This campaign with Creative England will appeal to film-lovers, makers and producers across the world.”
To read more about our chosen iShorts teams for 2015, head here.