Creative England supports the development of 16 projects and the production of 3 micro budget films of £350,000. 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.
Creative England, together with its partners the BFI Film Fund, BBC Films and Creative Skillset, have announced the projects and filmmaking teams that will make up the next iFeatures development slate for 2014.
Drawn from just under 400 submissions, this year's standard was judged so high that the selection panel, which included director Clio Barnard and ex-Focus Films executive Teresa Moneo, elected to support 18 instead of the usual 16 feature-length projects. Each will now undergo an intensive process of creative and commercial development, with support from the partners as well as a wide range of industry professionals. Three films will be ‘greenlit' in March 2015 at budgets of £350,000. You can read more about the chosen projects and teams on the iFeatures website.
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.
Creative England announced that the 3 micro budget films to be greenlit through the 2nd round of iFeatures were Spaceship from writer/director Alex Taylor, The Goob from writer/director Guy Myhill, and Martin Radich's Norfolk. All 3 are in various stages of production.