iFeatures is Creative England’s low budget feature film development and production initiative funded in partnership with the BFI and BBC.
iFeatures4 will develop a slate of 12 projects from up and coming writer, director and producer teams, leading to three films being greenlit in 2017, each with a budget of £350,000. The partners will fully-finance, with BBC pre-buying UK free TV rights. The accompanying professional development programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.
Focused originally on Bristol, the micro-budget filmmaking initiative which began life in 2009 has widened its net to a search for stories that reflect the English regions.
Even though the scope is now broader, iFeatures holds firm to its founding principles and is still hungry for low budget films that can capture a sense of place, and even time. Looking for England's most imaginative and compelling stories from its brightest filmmakers, the initiative looks to champion films which show the way we live today, with tales that will challenge, move and entertain audiences across the world.
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Creative England, together with its partners the BFI Film Fund, BBC Films and Creative Skillset, have announced the selection of twelve film-making teams and projects that will make up the fourth iFeatures development slate. Of the selected projects, three films will be ‘greenlit’ for production in 2017, each with a budget of £350,000.
Zorana Piggott, iFeatures Executive Producer, said: “We have selected
twelve bold and distinctive ideas by exciting new film-makers drawn from just under 300 submissions. The standard of applications was incredibly high and I am very proud of the great genre diversity and the strong regional voices we have on the slate.”
Solomon Nwabueze, Director of Content at Creative England said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see the range of talent that have applied for this year’s iFeatures programme. it truly is a testament to the high level of creative talent across the country. iFeatures as a programme offers an incredible opportunity for young filmmakers to gain invaluable experience on the real processes that go towards creating and producing a feature film – I can’t wait to see the ideas that have been pitched come to life.”
The BFI’s Mary Burke, Senior Production Executive, said: “Getting behind the next generation of
filmmakers wherever they work in the UK and who have exciting stories to tell is vital for the future of our film culture and industry. We had such a fantastic response for the fourth iFeatures slate which has helped emerging filmmakers in past iterations successfully bring their films to market. We’re really looking forward to working with the 12 filmmaking teams in the coming months as they develop their projects.”
BBC Films’ Steve Jenkins said: "The diversity and range across the twelve teams and projects is matched by, and inseparable from, the distinctiveness, enthusiasm, seriousness and drive of the film-makers. As always with iFeatures, they made the choices extremely tough but the future very exciting".
Creative Skillset’s Dan Simmons, Head of Partnerships, said: “Congratulations to the selected filmmakers. iFeatures provides an immersive opportunity for emerging talent to develop their ideas and strengthen their skills. It is always a challenge for filmmakers to get a first or second feature made; initiatives like iFeatures play an important role in nurturing and showcasing the best in home-grown talent.”
Creative England, together with its partners the BFI Film Fund, BBC Films and Creative Skillset, have announced the 3 projects and filmmaking teams that will make up the iFeatures production slate for 2015.
The chosen projects are:
You can read more about the 3 projects and teams on the iFeatures website.
The three films greenlit through the 2nd round of iFeatures were 'The Goob' (writer/director Guy Myhill), 'Norfolk' (Writer/Director Martin Radich) and 'Spaceship' (Writer/Director Alex Taylor).
'The Goob' is available now on DVD and 'Norfolk' had its UK premiere in competition at EIFF in June 2015. The third iFeatures film, 'Spaceship', is due to screen at SXSW Festival in March 2016.
The films from the 1st round of iFeatures, 'Flying Blind', 'Eight Minutes Idle' and 'In The Dark Half' are now all complete.
Encompassing a wide range of genres and audiences, all 3 are represented by Content Film for UK and International sales. Watch the trailer for each iFeatures supported film below:
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