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Our West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) was set up with the support of ERDF to invest in the production of feature-length films and high-end TV dramas from companies based in the West Midlands, as well as from producers looking to establish a base to film in the region.
Through the fund we have been able to financially support a number of releases that filmed within the West Midlands region, including:
The Girl With All the Gifts was the opening film at Locarno before going on to Toronto, Sitges, Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Austen Fantastic Fest and more before its UK release by Warner in 2016. The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut, won a BIFA for Breakthrough Producer amongst its four nominations, won awards at Sitges, Fantastic Fest and Gerardmer, and was nominated for further awards by Locarno, Molins de Rei, London Critics Circle and Empire.
Jawbone went on release by Vertigo in 2017 starring Ray Winstone, Johnny
Harris and Michael Smiley, to a score composed by Paul Weller. The film was nominated for six BIFA awards in 2017 - the Douglas Hickox for Debut Director, Debut Screenwriter, Cinematography, Music, Editing and Sound – and then nominated for the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut from a Writer, Director or Producer in 2018.
The Marker premiered at Edinburgh in 2017, where it was nominated for the Michael Powell award, before going on to Helsinki. The film is released in Autumn 2017.
The Call Up premiered at Brussels and Sci-Fi London before going on release in 2016.
Spooks: The Greater Good went on release in 2015 starring Kit Harrington, and was based on the successful BBC TV series.
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger was the hugely successful sequel to Nativity!
One Mile Away won the Michael Powell award for best British feature at Edinburgh in 2012.
Line of Duty series 1 was the first installation of the hugely successful, multi-award-winning, long-running BBC TV series.
Dancing on the Edge was the Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning BBC TV serial.
Forthcoming WMPF features include Fanny Lye Deliver'd.
The Creative England Production Fund has supported feature films of all genres, including documentaries, using National Lottery funds.
Submissions are currently closed for this fund. Please follow us on twitter, sign up for our newsletter and check this page to keep in touch with future production funding opportunities.
Creative England films backed by the Production Fund since 2013 have gone on to win various BIFAs and be nominated for Academy, BAFTA, and numerous other awards. At the 2017 BIFAs, GOD’S OWN COUNTRY won four major awards amongst its eleven nominations, while at the 2016 BIFAs, films backed by this fund received a total of seventeen nominations in various categories, with ADULT LIFE SKILLS winning two awards and NOTES ON BLINDNESS and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS each winning one. Festival world premieres of supported films have included Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Tribeca, SXSW, San Sebastian and London Film Festival.
CALIBRE premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2018, where it won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film on the day it released worldwide as a Netflix Original film. At its premiere, it garnered a string of 4 and 5* reviews, and as it trended on Netflix author Stephen King described it as “a genuine nail-biter. It's got a Hitchcock vibe with a little bit of THE WICKER MAN tossed in for good measure.”
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY premiered at Sundance, where it won the World Dramatic Competition, before going on to its European premiere in Berlin, where it won the Manner Jury Award for Best Film. Since then it has won the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh, Golden Hitchcock at Dinard, Silver Q-Hugo at Chicago, Best International First Feature at Galway, Best Director and Best Actor at Stockholm, Audience Award at San Francisco Frameline, Special Jury Award at Transilvania, Bill Sherwood Award at Toronto Inside Out – and at the BIFAs in 2017 it won Best British Independent Film, Best Actor, Best Debut Screenwriter and Best Sound awards amongst its eleven nominations. The film went on international release in September 2017, and became the best performing debut feature at UK cinemas in the last twenty years.
KINGDOM OF US premiered at London Film Festival 2017, where it won the Grierson documentary award, before its release as a Netflix Original film. It subsequently received nominations at both the BIFAs and the BAFTAs.
ADULT LIFE SKILLS won the Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca, Accession Award at the East End Film Festival, Writers Guild award for screenwriting, Best Debut Screenwriter and Best Supporting Actor amongst its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, and was nominated for a UK Critics Circle awards. The film went on UK release in 2016 to audience and critical acclaim and goes on US release in 2018.
NOTES ON BLINDNESS premiered at Sundance and won Best Documentary amongst its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, the Innovation Award at Sheffield DocFest, the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca, Best Documentary feature at San Francisco, and was nominated for Best British Film and Outstanding Debut at the 2017 BAFTAs, alongside a UK Critics Circle and SXSW Innovation Award nominations. The film went on UK release in 2016 with its ground-breaking VR tour, to great audience and critical acclaim.
ORION won the BIFA Discovery Award in 2016, the Grand Jury Music Film Prize at Nashville and was released in the US by Sundance Selects.
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS premiered at Locarno and won Best Actress at Sitges, Best Director at Austen Fantastic Fest, the Breakthrough Producer award for Camille Gatin after being nominated for four BIFAs, and was nominated for Outstanding Debut at the 2017 BAFTAs. The film went on wide UK release in 2016.
THE ECSTASY OF WILKO JOHNSON won the Film Design Award at SXSW and FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage.
BURN BURN BURN won the Grand Jury Prize at Odessa and the Discovery Award at LOCO, and was nominated for a BIFA in 2015.
THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary at Sundance and Best Documentary at Edinburgh and Stockholm.
LIGHT YEARS was nominated for the International Critics Week Award at Venice, the Sutherland Award at LFF and Best Film by an Emerging Director at Munich.
THE CONFESSION premiered at Sheffield DocFest and was nominated for a BIFA for Best Documentary in 2016.
HUSTLER’S CONVENTION World premiered at DocNYC and UK premiered at Sheffield DocFest,
PAA JOE AND THE LION PAA JOE AND THE LION had its world premiere at SXSW.
45 YEARS won both Actor and Actress Silver Bear at Berlin, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at Edinburgh, the Coup de Couer at Dinard, and further awards from the Evening Standard, Boston Society of Film Critics, European Film Awards, London Film Critics Circle, Indiewire Critics Poll, and Valadolid. The film received nominations for the Academy, BAFTA and BIFA awards, and made history as the first £1m ‘day and date’ film release in the UK.
Forthcoming films in production or post-production include OLD BOYS, FANNY LYE DELIVERED, B&B, and documentaries FLYAWAY, IRENE’S GHOST and THE HIPPIES.
In addition to the Production Funding options offered by Creative England, there are other sources of finance available to filmmakers and production studios based within England.
Below, you'll find details of additional sources of funding available from external outlets. We'll aim to add new Production Funding opportunities to this page as they arise, so do check back regularly for updates.