Creative England offers production funding for feature length films through the Creative England Production Fund

Creative England Production Fund

Creative England Production Fund

The Creative England Production Fund supports feature films of all genres, including documentaries, using Lottery funds via BFI.

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 2016 BIFAs, films theatrically released that year and 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.

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY premiered at Sundance, where it won the World Dramatic competition, before going on to its European premiere in Berlin.

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.

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.


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.

West Midlands Production Fund Showcase

Please note: This fund has now closed.

Our West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) was set up with the aim of investing 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 high-end releases that filmed within the West Midlands region such as ' Spooks: The Greater Good', the upcoming 'She Who Brings Gifts', 'The Call Up', 'Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger', documentary 'One Mile Away', high-rated TV series 'Line of Duty' and Emmy nominated and Golden Globe/BAFTA award winning 'Dancing on the Edge'.

Additional Funding

In addition to the Production Funding options offered by Creative England, there are numerous 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.