Creative England is committed to supporting and developing filmmaking talent across England, with a particular emphasis on the English regions.

As part of the BFI NET.WORK and using National Lottery funds, we have been proud to support and facilitate the careers of a huge range of award winning talent. Completed feature films Creative England has developed include: ADULT LIFE SKILLS, NOTES ON BLINDNESS, ORION, THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT, LIGHT YEARS, PAA JOE AND THE LION and STEVEN. Forthcoming features in production include: CALIBRE, FLYAWAY, THE RITUAL, PIN CUSHION, POSSUM. Shorts we have produced via iShorts, Alumni and the Emerging fund have been BAFTA, BIFA and IFTA nominated, playing at festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, Short Shorts Tokyo, Palm Springs, Rhode Island, Chicago, Telluride, Sacramento, St Louis, Vancouver, Edinburgh, LFF, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Leeds, Aesthetica, Encounters, DocFest, Tampere, Leipzig, Valletta, Brest, Rouen, Screamfest, Grimmfest, Mayhem and many more. 

Our NET.WORK talent initiatives have included: iWrite (with Royal Exchange Manchester, Live Theatre Newcastle, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep, Writers Centre Norwich); Talent Modules in Sheffield, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Liverpool and Norwich with various partners (Showroom, Lighthouse, Flatpack, NFM, FACT); Creative Producer Initiative; Weekender; NET.WORK@LFF. Other Creative England supported talent initiatives have included Cross Channel Film Lab, Triangle, Elevator, Think Shoot Distribute. 

Below, you'll find details of our current Talent Development schemes. Talent in the other nations can visit the websites of our BFI NET.WORK partners Northern Ireland Screen, Creative Scotland and Film Agency for Wales. Film London also provides additional support for filmmakers based in the capital.

Emerging Talent

Emerging talent refers to writers, directors and writer/directors who...

  • Have already acquired some professional experience
  • Whose work has already attracted positive industry and/or public attention
  • Have not yet made a feature film that has attracted theatrical distribution

Feature Film Development

Eligible applicants will be able to apply for funding and support towards feature film development. We will support the development of live action and fictional feature film projects of all genres.

This should include the cost of writer's fees, and may include a contribution towards research, script editing, producer's fees/overhead, director's services, legal, budget/schedule, casting, recce, options and other costs as may be agreed. We also support the production of teasers and short pilots/proof-of-concept films where appropriate

For further information about short film funding and support, please visit the BFI NETWORK website:

Apply for Creative England's Emerging Talent Fund

All application queries should be directed to:

North West Talent Modules, delivered in partnership with FACT

Creative England are thrilled to be partnering with leading Liverpool-based media arts centre, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) to deliver a new series of Talent Modules aimed at new and emerging writers, directors and producers living and working in the North West and North Wales regions. The programme is the latest in a series of Creative England-devised Talent Modules that have been delivered in key regional centres including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Newcastle, Norwich and Sheffield.

We�??re looking for a diverse cohort of people with different specialities and backgrounds, and with experience in film, animation, TV, theatre, visual arts, music promos, or commercials. The course is intended for those interested in making the leap into feature films, and expanding their networks. Participants will meet fellow filmmakers working in the region, and hear from key film industry professionals.

Delivered as part of the BFI NET.WORK, the course will run from November 2016 to April 2017 at FACT in Liverpool.

The course is free to attend but places are limited. The application form can be found here; applications are open until Friday 4 November at 5pm.

Please note that applicants must be over 18 and out of full-time education in order to apply. All applicants should be based in either the North West of England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside) or North Wales (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham).

New Talent

If you have some experience in self-funded short films, in student films or produced creative work that has not yet attracted financial support from within the film industry, we offer two entry level short film initiatives, iShorts and iShorts+, with contributions ranging from £5,000 to £10,000.


iShorts 3 has closed for applications. For more information, visit our iShorts page. Please sign up to our newsletter here and follow us on Twitter @CEFilm to stay updated on this initiative. iShorts is supported by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the National Lottery via the BFI, an through the Skills Investment Fund.

iShorts+ Funny Girls

Applications are now closed for our inaugural iShorts+ initiative, 'Funny Girls'. Read more about this year's cohort on our Funny Girls page.

In collaboration with Baby Cow Productions and Big Talk Pictures, iShorts+ Funny Girls will support 5 narrative comedy short films - offering a £10,000 production award per film. We are looking to produce cinematic and bold stories to directed by exciting female directors across England from all comedic backgrounds (short films, TV, theatre, stand up, radio, web series, etc.) who not only have something fabulous, fresh and - most of all - funny, to share with today's audience, but also have the ambition to build a successful career in film comedy.