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.

Application Guidelines

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.

Brief

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.

The Project 

  • 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

The Team 

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

  • Applications require:

    • 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:

      • writer fee

      • producer fee

      • research

      • £x total

    • 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

 

Source: theuncertainkingdom.co.uk

 

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