Category

Funding

West Midlands Production Fund

Get Production Funding in the West Midlands

By | Funding | No Comments

Do you have a feature film, High end TV drama series, serial or single drama in development? Are you looking to make in the West Midlands? Then you could be eligible for funding from the West Midlands Production Fund. You could also benefit from Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) schemes.

Screen Central is organizing an event to provide information for filmmakers. The event will take place at Zellig, Birmingham on Monday, April 8, 2019, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Paul Aston, Head of Film at Creative England and an EIS/SEIS expert will lead this two-part workshop. The workshop will explain in detail:

1 – 3pm: how the WMPF fund works, at what stage applications should be made and what they are looking for in terms of the regional test and commercial returns.

3 – 5pm: how the EIS/SEIS scheme works, how it can benefit your company and how they are set up.

About the West Midlands Production Fund

This fund supports the development of the West Midlands as a dynamic, sustainable film and TV drama hub by providing access to finance for start-up SME’s who are active in moving image content production. The fund generally invests between £100,000 – £500,000 in any one project. This can be a mix of both debt and equity.

Previous investments have included Jawbone, The Marker, The Girl with All the Gifts, Spooks: The Greater Good, The Call Up, Nativity 2, One Mile Away, Toast, Hustle, Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge amongst others. The European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 – 2013  has part-financed The Fund.

The fund can support the production of

  • Feature films of all genres including documentaries and animation;
  • High-end TV drama series, serials and single dramas

It cannot support the cost of development or the production of shorts films, other television programmes or games.

Applying for the West Midlands Production Fund

At the time of application your project will need to have a director and producer formally attached, be ready for packaging and have a budget, financing plan and sales/distribution strategy in place. Your company must also own or have under option the relevant rights in the project. Your project must be capable of scoring 11 points or more in the Regional Test to be eligible. All projects should be able to evidence a clear commercial/business strategy and a realistic expectation of a return on our investment. Any investment by the Fund – either as debt or equity – must be matched £ for £ by an equivalent amount of private and/or public sector risk finance.

This is a rolling fund so there is no current deadline for applications.

Further details on the fund can be found here.

About Paul Ashton

At Creative England Paul has backed filmmakers through our Emerging and Production funds. These include BFI NETWORK programmes iShorts and iWrite, and Sky partnership shortflix. He was Executive Producer on the BIFA and Tribeca winning Adult Life Skills, the award winning Netflix Original Calibre, brummie noir The Marker, the comic-romance Old Boys, and the shortflix films transmitted on Sky Arts in 2018. Paul has also been Exec on numerous nominated and award-winning shorts

Further films which have converted from his Emerging development slate include Westwood (Sundance premiere, released 2018), England is Mine (Edinburgh closing gala film, released 2017), and The Ritual (Toronto premiere, BIFA winning, released 2017). Paul now oversees the wider Film team work, which includes the iFeatures programme with three new films in the pipeline. It also includes the West Midlands Production Fund, which recently backed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated films The Girl With All the Gifts, and Jawbone.

Paul was previously Development Producer at the BBC, where his credits included OSCAR and BAFTA nominated shorts and features. His book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.

 

For more industry opportunities, visit our news page.

Bumble's Female Film Force

Bumble’s Female Film Force 2019 – Apply by March 20

By | Funding, Uncategorized | No Comments

Last year, Bumble’s Female Film Force was an unprecedented success, Bumble has decided to do it again in 2019 — but they’re taking it international.

Bumble is expanding their initiative, which offers grants to aspiring women filmmakers, to include France and Germany. It will again include the UK, where the inaugural competition yielded 1,100 pitches. Here is what they have to say:

About Bumble’s Female Film Force 2019

Once again, we’ll give five female teams (writers, directors, or producers) £20,000 each to make a short film. They must have a theme rooted in Bumble’s values of kindness, respect, and equality.

So, why are we doing this? Look no further than this past awards season — or, indeed, any in the film industry’s history. In February, the Academy Awards bestowed Oscars overwhelmingly to men (73% of winners). Across the Oscars, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes, every Best Director nominee was a man.

At this year’s BAFTAs, only a third of the winners were women (34%). In France, only one woman, Jane Campion, has ever received the Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes. That is during its 70-year history. And in Germany, only about 15% of films shown in cinemas are directed by women. In the last 17 years of the Berlinale, only four women have won the Golden Bear.

We want to do our part to help redress this gender imbalance.

How to Apply to Bumble’s Female Film Force

To enter, women across the UK, Ireland, France and Germany can download Bumble, head into Bumble Bizz, our professional networking mode, and match with the Female Film Force application card. We encourage anyone who identifies as a woman to apply.

Applications for Round One of Bumble’s Female Film Force will close on March 20th. We will then announce a shortlist, and filmmakers will need to submit further materials to support their ideas. 

Then, our team will ask ten teams to pitch to our industry panel in London in May.

Bumble will announce the five chosen teams in June, with films delivered in January 2020. We will showcase those films at an exclusive industry event.

Over the production period, our five filmmakers will also receive guidance from leading industry experts as part of a bespoke mentorship programme created in partnership with WDW Entertainment and Female Film Force Producer Elisabeth Hopper.

A panel of industry experts from France, Germany and the UK will judge the submissions to find our teams of women ready to bring their stories to life.

For more industry opportunities, visit our news page.

Executive Ready

“Executive Ready” Funding for Female Film/TV Leaders – Deadline May 3rd

By | Funding | No Comments

A pool of scholarships are currently available for female leaders across the UK’s film and television sector. Women & Leadership International is administering this national initiative to support participation in “Executive Ready”, a practical and targeted leadership development course. The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in the programme.

The scholarship funding will provide a powerful and effective development opportunity for film and television sector women. However, the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of May. Mid-level leaders and managers are eligible to apply for a £1,000 partial scholarship to assist their participation in “Executive Ready”.

The Programme

“Executive Ready” is a seven month leadership and career accelerator.  This programme should stretch mid-level leaders and rapidly propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. The program challenges participants to see themselves, their responsibilities and their opportunities with fresh eyes, enabling and inspiring them to achieve career and life goals.

Expressions of Interest

Find out more or complete the Expression of Interest form here before Friday 3 May.

For more industry opportunities, visit our news page.

whickers tv film funding award fund grant bursary documentary feature

Whickers Film & TV Funding Award – Deadline February 14

By | Funding | No Comments

Looking for funding for your first feature-length documentary film? Apply to The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award for the chance to win £80,000.

This Whickers award was created to build on the legacy of award-winning broadcaster Alan Whicker. The Whickers awards supports emerging documentary filmmakers to tell original and director-led stories with honesty, professionalism and wit. Their flagship award, the Film & TV Funding Award, is currently open for applications. It has available a main grant of £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000. The Whickers award is free to enter and open to documentary talent anywhere in the world. This Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant international grants for directors working on their first feature-length (50 minutes+) documentary film. Deadline for applications have been extended to 14 February 2019.

How to apply

Well in advance of the deadline, you should go through the full application questions to prepare your answers according to the requested word limits. You may also need to gather the required links and information. You can expect to answer questions on the following:

  • Title, logline, up to 300 words on how your project meets the criteria
  • Personal and contact details, your role in the project, details of a referee who can confirm that this is your first 50+ minute documentary film
  • Password protected link to teaser footage, publicity and deadline agreements
  • Your treatment, up to 2000 word synopsis of your project, an estimated budget of various elements in production and post-production of the film. Also, any existing funding or plans for future funding, details of your production company (or project account/fiscal sponsor), details of your executive producer and confirmation that your project complies with our majority sponsor criteria.
  • Your background in documentary making (if any) as well as 50 words each on how you gained film-making skills, what inspires you, how the funding will benefit your project and why people would really love your film.

For more information on the Whickers award please visit the Whickers website or contact Production Manager at The Whickers, Phoebe Hall at: phoebe@whickerawards.com.

Follow this link to find the application.

Judging

Shortlisted filmmakers will be notified in April 2019, and will pitch their projects at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2019. Whickers award winners will be announced at the Doc/Fest ceremony.

Source: ScreenSkills.com

 

See more industry opportunities and news here.

Uncertain Kingdom Launches Short Film Funding

By | Funding | No Comments

Uncertain Kingdom has remarked that in 2019, Britain will be on the brink of a momentous new decade. The 2020’s will see the making or breaking of nations, unions and the Earth itself. However given the long lead times on features, they believe the filmmaking community could miss out on a chance to engage and comment.

To bypass this, the group is using short films – with faster turnaround, lower budgets and greater creative freedom- to ensure filmmakers can contribute to the conversation. The Uncertain Kingdom will give 20 filmmaking teams up to £10k each to make a short film. These films must be entertaining, original and relevant to the UK in 2019. Whether political or personal, macro or micro, all of the films must give a bright flash of insight into how the filmmakers see the UK now.

The Uncertain Kingdom is aimed at experienced filmmaking and storytelling teams with confidently executed, accomplished work under their belts. Up to ten teams will be selected via an open application. Filmmakers have final cut, with the Uncertain Kingdom team having minimal involvement in script development and the edit. There’s no training element to the project, so candidates need to be confident they can deliver. Producers and directors must have completed at least one short film (together as a team or individually). If you have significant experience in theatre, TV, artist moving image or other area of storytelling and you have an idea for a film, your application is welcome.

The Uncertain Kingdom is an inclusive project and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. If you are a filmmaker with an idea, please read the Uncertain Kingdom’s guidelines. Please also get in touch if you have any queries. Applications open on Monday 14th January 2019 and close at midnight on Sunday 3rd February.

Source: theuncertainkingdom.co.uk

 

To see more industry opportunities and funding, visit our news page.

Funding Award for Documentary Features

By | Funding | No Comments

Looking for funding for your first feature-length documentary film? Apply to The Whickers Film & TV Funding Award for the chance to win £80,000. Established to build on the legacy of award-winning broadcaster Alan Whicker, The Whickers support emerging documentary filmmakers to tell original and director-led stories with honesty, professionalism and wit. Their flagship award, the Film & TV Funding Award, is currently open for applications and has available a main grant of £80,000 and a runner-up contribution of £15,000. The award is free to enter and open to documentary talent anywhere in the world. The Film & TV Funding Award is one of the most significant international grants for directors working on their first feature-length (50 minutes+) documentary film. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019.

Details:

  • Must be the filmmaker’s first 50+ minute documentary film where they own the director or co-director credit
  • Open to filmmakers from anywhere in the world. We encourage international filmmakers to apply
  • Projects must be at the late development or early production stage at the time of applying – this is not a finishing fund
  • Must provide proof of company viability. Award money will be paid into a registered company account in instalments; award money cannot be paid to an individual
  • Up to six minutes of original taster footage is required at the time of applying
  • Must be accessible for an English-speaking audience – whether in the English language, or subtitled in English
  • Applicants must have an executive producer on board at the time of applying. Should they be shortlisted, applicants must be available to travel to the UK in mid-June 2019 to pitch their project at Sheffield Doc/Fest

It is recommended that, well in advance of the deadline, you go through the full application questions in order to prepare your answers according to the requested word limits, and gather the necessary links and information. Shortlisted filmmakers will be notified in April 2019, and will pitch their projects at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2019. Award-winners will be announced at the Doc/Fest ceremony.

For more information please click here to visit the Whickers website or contact Production Manager at The Whickers, Phoebe Hall at: phoebe@whickerawards.com.

Source: Screen Skills

Film Hub Midlands Offering Funding to Exhibitors

By | Funding | No Comments

Film Hub Midlands is creating more opportunities for audiences across the Midlands to engage with the widest range of film in as many places as possible with its Pitch Pots initiative. The fund is open to exhibitors throughout the year, and will close once the available funds have been awarded. Below is an outline of the project:

Film Hub Midlands’ Pitch Pots are available to help support a risk and try something new. Whether you are new to film exhibition and want to put on your first screening or an established cinema or community screen who wants to trial a new type of programming, we want to help audiences in the Midlands engage with the widest range of film in as many places as possible. We will be prioritising proposals that seek to engage with new and diverse audiences and that can amplify regional cultural opportunities. All of our projects must be open and accessible. In order to reach the widest possible audience through our supported projects, we are committed to the BFI Diversity Standards.

The standards can be broken down broadly into the following four areas:
● Industry access or training (ensuring that we offer accessible opportunities through our projects and organisations).
● On screen (diverse narratives, cast and places depicted).
● Catering for audiences (provision of disability access, specialist projects for target audiences, providing for specific UK regions etc).
● A diverse crew (exploring who makes the films we screen and offers project leadership).

The total amount attributed to this scheme is: £10,000 for proposals to deliver activity from June 1st – March 31st 2019. We will review each budget submitted individually, but broadly, we can support screening costs, marketing & promotion project coordination and curation. we are anticipating making awards up to £1,500. To download guidelines and to apply, visit the site.

 

Source: filmhubmidlands.org