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Film development funding

As well as Film London’s Microwave scheme, and Creative England’s iFeatures scheme, certain regional agencies provide different sources of film development funding for feature film projects. Below is a summary of what’s available and to whom:

Creative England Film development Funding – Emerging Talent

Creative England provide public funding for feature films

Creative England is seeking to identify writers, directors and artists with filmmaking potential in order to provide funding and development support for projects and individuals to develop their first feature or short film.

Writers, directors and writer/directors who have some professional experience, and whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention but who have yet to make a feature film are apply to apply for support.

Feature Film Development – Eligible costs that may be contributed towards the development of a live action, fiction feature film project may include: option costs; research; writers’ fees; script editing; producers’ fees/overhead; directors’ services; legal; budget/schedule; casting; recce; pilots; and other costs as agreed.

Support cannot be provided for costs already incurred before any grant is awarded, and single project development awards will generally not exceed £30,000.

Creative Scotland – Film and Television Funding Programme

Creative Scotland provide public funding for feature films

The purpose of the Film and Television Funding Programme is to provide support to emerging and established film and television talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland’s creativity.

The Film and Television Funding Programme for 2014-2015 will support the following:

  • Development, production and exploitation of feature films, feature documentaries, animation and television drama series
  • Attendance at key markets and festivals
  • Film and television talent development initiatives.

Film and Television Funding Routes

There are 5 routes within the funding programme. The first 4 are open to applications. The 5th route – the Scottish Film Talent Network – is administered separately, with details below. Fuller details of these routes are contained within the funding programme guidelines.

  • Single Project Development
  • Flexible Multi-Project Development
  • Content Production and Exploitation
  • Markets and Festivals Attendance
  • The Scottish Film Talent Network.

The Key Criteria that apply to projects seeking support are that they:

  • Provide significant opportunities for the creative and professional development of established and emerging writing, directing and producing talent based in Scotland
  • Promote Scottish culture and creativity by reaching a national and international audience
  • Leverage significant co-funding
  • Provide opportunities for the professional development of technical and craft talent
  • Demonstrate the ability to be creatively and commercially successful.

Film Agency Wales

film agency for wales provide public funding for feature films

Ffilm Cymru Wales aims to identify and nurture Welsh filmmakers – particularly producers, writers and directors – by supporting and encouraging the development of their work and ambitions. We are also keen to encourage films with Welsh cultural content, reflecting Wales and Welsh life, as part of our portfolio.

Ffilm Cymru Wales offer:

  • Project-specific development support, advice and finance;
  • Assistance in improving the profile of talent with third party financiers, co-producers, distributors, commissioners and other industry contacts;
  • Professional development, mentoring and masterclasses (principally through the BFI NET.WORK);
  • Advice and information on the exploitation of the Intellectual Property and brand extension of a film, including cross-media opportunities with other branches of the creative sector.
  • Advice and assistance with PR/branding and media.

Ffilm Cymru Wales receive in excess of 500 applications for development and production support each year and it supports approximately 50 development projects at any one time with a diverse slate covering a variety of genres and budgets. Ffilm Cymru Wales make on average 10-12 development awards per year.

Ffilm Cymru Wales are now introducing a twice yearly call for applications for development funding.

For more information, please read our Development Funding guidelines.