Following the success of its short film anthology, The Uncertain Kingdom has launched a development fund for feature-length projects.
The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund will support filmmakers with an agenda as strong as their vision and projects that interrogate British culture; asking who we are, how we got here or where we are going.
The fund will welcome projects of 70+ minutes in any form or genre, including fiction, animation, documentary and dance projects. Projects will be considered at treatment or script stage. The fund is commercial and will look for projects with a route to market. Unlike the anthology project, the features supported by the new fund will not be released together.
Filmmakers must be residents of the UK but need not be British. Seeking to address the challenges directors and producers face creating sustainable careers, The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund will prioritise filmmakers who have previously made a feature.
Like the original anthology project, the fund will take a hands-off approach – empowering writers, directors and producers to tell their stories their way – and will support filmmakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
Applications for The Uncertain Kingdom development fund are open now and close on November 12th at 11am.
Please apply here.
Before applying, please read the guidelines below carefully. Please also read the general conditions; applicants need to agree to them as part of the application.
We are looking for projects that interrogate British culture; asking who we are, how we got here or where we are going.
The brief is deliberately broad. Please show us what it means to you.
Must be an audiovisual production suitable for theatrical release
Must be 70+ minutes long
Can be any form or genre, including fiction, animation, documentary and dance projects
Should primarily be set in the UK (or you should able to say why it’s still relevant to the UK despite being set elsewhere)
Can be at treatment through to script stage. It is not necessary to have a script to apply, but applicants will need to be able to provide detail about the project
Can be based on existing IP (but note funding won’t be provided for payment of option fees)
Must have a route to market; applicants will need to outline their proposed route
For all projects:
The producer, writer and director of the project must be entitled to work in the UK but need not be British citizens
Directors (or one person in the directing team) of all projects must have directed a feature film
Producers (or one person in the producing team) of all projects must have produced a feature film or at least a single episode of a TV series
Writers must have demonstrable relevant writing experience. We don’t ask for a writing sample at application stage, but will do if applicants pass the initial stage. The less developed the project, the more important it is to have a relevant writing sample to share
For non-fiction projects
an individual producer and a director must be attached to the project at the time of application
the project can have separate producer(s) and director(s) or a single individual may fulfil both roles
having a writer attached at the time of application is not essential
For fiction projects
an individual producer and a writer must be attached to the project at the time of application
a writer of the project may also act as an individual producer of the project provided that there is another individual producer attached who is not also a writer of the project
having a director attached at the time of application is not essential
a director of the project may also act as an individual producer of the project provided that there is another individual producer attached who is not also a director of the project
How the fund works
We take a hands-off approach; empowering filmmakers to tell their stories their way
We have £60,000 to distribute among a handful of projects – we’ll determine the amount to be allocated to each successful project once we know more about them
We fund a range of development costs including, but not limited to, writer and producer fees, early scouting, research, workshops, budgeting/scheduling and directors’ look books
As mentioned above, we do not fund option fees
We do not take a share of copyright or other similar rights in projects but in return for our development funding, you will need to sign our standard agreement which includes confirmation that (a) development funds shall be returned in full when the project goes into production together with a premium if the budget of your film is £1m or more (a 10% premium for budgets between £1m – £5m and a 50% premium for budgets in excess of £5m); (b) The Uncertain Kingdom will receive 1% of 100% of the net profit of the film; and (c) we will receive credit and a logo in the end titles
Unlike The Uncertain Kingdom’s anthology project, we will not be involved in the release of any of the projects we fund, but we are working with Picturehouse Entertainment which will have a right of first refusal to distribute in the UK the projects funded by this fund
Application: The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund
We fund companies, rather than individuals, therefore producers need to apply on behalf of a company incorporated in the United Kingdom
The individual producer should be named as our point of contact
title (can be a working title)
three-word description of about the project (e.g. for Jurassic Park you might say, nature hubris dinosaurs)
single image that’s evocative of the project to be uploaded as a jpeg
maximum 25-word log-line
maximum 300-word synopsis of the project or a 3-minute video synopsis (please provide a link and a password)
max. 200-word explanation of how the project responds to the brief or a 2-minute video answer (please provide a link and a password)
maximum 200-word explanation of the project’s intended audience and route to market
brief overview of your development budget. For example, you might give prices for:
Company name and number of the applicant
Contact details for the individual producer
maximum 200-word bio for each individual producer, writer and/or director, as applicable
IMDb, if available, and website links for each individual producer, writer and/or director, as applicable
link to work sample from each individual producer and/or director
We encourage writers and directors to be involved in preparing applications
Video answers can be given by any member(s) of the team. Please provide links with a password
Individual producers, writers and directors may apply with a maximum of three different projects each
What happens next
All applications will be read by us and external readers appointed by us to prepare a longlist of projects
Next, we will contact the individual producers of longlisted projects to ask for further information and materials. What we ask for will depend on the project but may include: a script or treatment for the project itself, writing samples, links to full films (rather than clips), look books, sample footage taken to date (for documentaries) etc. We’ll use these materials to arrive at a shortlist.
Our shortlist will be reviewed by a team at Picturehouse Entertainment and together we will decide on projects to interview
We aim to contact individual producers in January 2022 to arrange an interview and we will announce successful projects as soon as possible after all interviews have taken place