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Below you'll find some more details of the various programmes that are run by or in partnership with Creative England. 

It's our aim to help develop and fund new, emerging and existing talent across England outside of London. To jump to a specific programme, simply click the buttons at the top of this page.

Film Enterprise

Creative England's Film Enterprise fund will invest £2m over four years to improve the growth and sustainability of film-related businesses in England outside of Greater London.

We will work with companies on an individual basis and design made-to-measure programmes of business support and funding to help entrepreneurs unlock new opportunities, develop creative strategies, refine their business models and attract increased levels of corporate finance. We are also looking to encourage new business alliances and joint ventures and to help companies enhance their capacity for international trade.

We welcome applications from companies that are not currently active in film but who wish to expand their business model into this area and can demonstrate that they have the skills and capability to do so, primarily by evidencing a strong track record in content creation.

What does Film Enterprise offer?

Film Enterprise has a range of options at its disposal and our aim is to work with film companies and the people who run them to develop a plan for funding and support that is most appropriate to the needs and aspirations of the individual business. We will support companies to develop their creative and business strategies, diversify revenue streams and take advantage of emerging markets.

We can offer recoupable grant, debt and equity funding alongside "money+” options such as business planning, skills development, leadership training, mentoring and the attachment of non-exec directors. However, this list is by no means exhaustive and our principle is that the offer is bespoke rather than prescriptive.

Please note that Film Enterprise does not offer standalone single project or slate funding. We will however consider proposals that include these as part of an overall business growth plan.

Download our Film Enterprise Guidelines

Apply to Film Enterprise

Market Trader III: Co Production

Creative England relaunches the third iteration of the acclaimed Market Trader, a professional development programme aimed at giving emerging UK feature film producers a better understanding of international markets and international  co-production.

The programme, run with support from Creative Skillset, will be delivered through intensive residential workshops and mentoring from some top-level experts across 6 months June-December 2016 to prepare participants for engagement with international markets, along with support and attendance at Galway Film Fair 2016.

10 producers will be selected for Market Trader. Applicants should have already produced one feature that will ideally have achieved international sales.The programme takes the differing needs and perspectives of participants through a 360 degree holistic approach helping producers hone their skills in pitching, negotiating and closing deals with particular focus on their current project and slate.

Key programme dates:

  • Co-production workshop- 30th June 2016
  • Galway Film Fleadh- 7th -10th July 2016
  • 3 Day Workshop- 7th- 9th September 2016
  • Future Markets Workshop- December, exact date tbc

Course directors Mia Bays and Julia Short each cover more than 25 years experience. Julia is a distribution and marketing expert, former partner at Verve Pictures and currently training expert on high profile courses such as Inside Pictures. Whilst Mia is an Oscar winning twice BAFTA nominated producer, former creative producer on 8 films for the Microwave scheme, and prior to that, a distributor and sales agent.

Previous speakers include Angus Lamont producer of ’71, Matthew Baker of Hanway and Laura Wilson of EOne.  Mentoring takes place throughout the programme with experienced producers/creatives such as Peter Ettedgui whose credits include LISTEN TO ME MARLON and KINKY BOOTS, and Beatrice Neumann a sales and international expert formerly of The Works and Content.

The total fee is £500 which covers all workshops, activities, course materials, accommodation for 3 day workshop to non- London residents, along with some meals and refreshments.  Market badges and accommodation at Galway Film Fair 2016 are also included. Find a host of Market Trader video resources on our Hiive Swarm page.

Apply for Market Trader here.

Application deadline: Friday 27th May 2016 5pm

All application queries should be directed to: Haley.Mellor@CreativeEngland.co.uk

Learn about our 2016 participants here.

Learn how to use SWOT analysis here.


Apply to Market Trader here