Top filmmakers to oversee Creative England’s new funding schemes

Posted on 15 October 2013

New funds aimed at helping regional filmmakers and production companies across England have been launched today by Creative England. The funds, which will support regional film companies and help develop the next generation of talent, are being managed by industry experts from both film and television.

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Chris Moll, Creative England’s Head of Film, said:“It is fantastic to have such a dynamic and experienced team helping to find and develop the next generation of filmmakers in England. They all understand acutely the challenges writers, producers and directors face in trying to build both their careers and their businesses, and it means that in addition to funding, filmmakers will benefit from sharp, insightful advice and support from industry veterans.”

The Creative England Production Fund, managed by Richard Holmes, is an all-England fund, focused on regional filmmakers and/or stories.

Richard Holmes said: “We’ll be looking for ambitious films that can be made by committed filmmakers for under £1.5 million.”

The fund will support between 10% and 50% of total budget with individual awards typically in the range of £50-£150k.

The West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF), also managed by Richard Holmes, and supported through the European Regional Development Fund, can invest in both film and TV drama production. Productions must be based in the West Midlands, and must demonstrate a positive impact on the region. The WMPF can invest from £100-£500k to be matched with private equity on the same terms.

In addition, Creative England will be launching its third iteration of iFeatures next January.

The Film Enterprise Fund, Creative England’s programme of bespoke support for the growth and sustainability of film companies in England, is being run by Caroline Cooper Charles, with the aim of finding and developing the next big company.

The fund will invest £2m (over four years) to improve the growth and sustainability of film businesses outside London. Creative England will work with companies on an individual basis to design made-to-measure programmes of business support and investment – helping entrepreneurs unlock new opportunities, develop creative strategies, re-energise their business models and attract increased levels of corporate finance.

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