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Congratulations to all of this year’s entries to the Cannes film festival, particularly Director Daniel Wolfe and Manchester based EMU films who’s ‘Catch Me Daddy’ has made it into the official Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection.

Creative England’s Production Service supported the production, which shot across the North West and Yorkshire, sourcing a variety of filming locations and facilitating all the necessary filming permissions with the full support of our Film Friendly Partnership networks. EMU Films has also received extensive ongoing support from Creative England’s Film team. 

Screen Yorkshire invested in ‘Catch Me Daddy’ through the Yorkshire Content Fund.

Here’s the full list of feature films that make up this year’s official selection: 


Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language) dir: Jean-Luc Godard

The Captive dir: Atom Egoyan

Clouds of Sils Maria dir: Olivier Assayas

Deux Jours, One Night (Two Days, One Night) dir: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Foxcatcher dir: Bennett Miller

Futatsume no Mado dir: Naomi Kawase

The Homesman dir: Tommy Lee Jones

Jimmy’s Hall dir: Ken Loach

Ki? Uykusu (Winter Sleep) dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) dir: Alice Rohrwacher

Leviafan dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Maps to the Stars dir: David Cronenberg

Mommy dir: Xavier Dolan

Mr Turner dir: Mike Leigh

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Stories) dir: Damian Szifron

Saint Laurent dir: Bertrand Bonello

The Search dir: Michel Hazanavicius

Timbuktu dir: Abderrahmane Sissako


Grace of Monaco dir: Olivier Dahan (opening film)

Coming Home dir: Zhang Yimou

How to Train Your Dragon 2 dir: Dean DeBlois 


The Rover dir: David Michôd

The Salvation dir: Kristian Levring

The Target dir: Yoon Hong-seung 


Bridges of Sarajevo dirs: Aida Begi?, Isild Le Besco, Leonardo di Constanzo et al

Caricaturistes: Fantassins de la democratie dir: Stéphanie Valloatto

Maidan dir: Sergei Loznitsa

Red Army dir: Gabe Polsky

Eau Argentée dir: Mohammed Ossana

People of the World dir: Yves Jeuland


Party Girl dirs: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis (opening film)

Mad Love (Amour Fou) dir: Jessica Hausner

Bird People dir: Pascale Ferran

The Blue Room (La Chambre Bleue) dir: Mathieu Amalric

Charlie’s Country dir: Rolf de Heer

A Girl at My Door dir: July Jung

Eleanor Rigby dir: Ned Benson

Fantasia dir: Wang Chao

Force Majeure dir: Ruben Östlund

Away From His Absence dir: Keren Yedaya

Beautiful Youth dir: Jaime Rosales

Misunderstood dir: Asia Argento

Jauja dir: Lisandro Alonso

Lost River dir: Ryan Gosling

Run dir: Philippe Lacôte

The Salt of the Earth dirs: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Snow in Paradise dir: Andrew Hulme

Butterfly dir: Kanu Behl

Xenia dir: Panos H Koutras

Directors’ fortnight

Bande de Files dir: Céline Sciamma (opening film)

Pride dir: Matthew Warchus (closing film)

Alleluia dir: Fabrice Du Welz

Catch Me Daddy dir: Daniel Wolfe

Next to Her dir: Asaf Korman

Cold in July dir: Jim Mickle

Fighters dir: Thomas Cailley

Gett — The Trial of Viviane Amsalem dir: Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz

Kaguya-Hime No Monogatari dir: Isao Takahata

Eat Your Bones dir: Jean-Charles Hue

A Hard Day dir: Seong-Hun Kim

National Gallery dir: Frederick Wiseman

Queen and Country dir: John Boorman

Refugiado dir: Diego Lerman

These Final Hours dir: Zach Hilditch

Tu Dors Nicole dir: Ste?phane Lafleur

Whiplash dir: Damien Chazelle


Li’l Quinquin dir: Bruno Dumont

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre dir: Tobe Hooper

International critics’ week

Darker Than Midnight dir: Sebastiano Riso

The Tribe dir: Miroslav Slaboshpytskkiy

It Follows dir: David Robert Mitchell

Gente de Bien dir: Franco Lolli

When Animals Dream dir: Jonas Alexander Amby Denmark

Hope dir: Boris Lojkine

Self Made dir: Shira Geffen


Making Love (Faire: L’amour) dir: Djinn Carrénard (opening film)

Breathe dir: Mélanie Laurent

The Kindergarten Teacher dir: Nadav Lapid

Hippocrate dir: Thomas Lilti (closing film)

Creative England at Cannes 2014

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Creative England will continue its key role within the new landscape of support for the creative and digital media industries in England, the UK and internationally. Creative England staff attending this year’s festival will be:

  • Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO
  • Chris Moll, Head of Film
  • Kate Buxton, Head of Communications & Strategy
  • Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive – Production
  • Celine Haddad, Senior Film Executive – Brighton Talent Centre
  • Jenny Walford, Press and External Relations Manager

For further information on Cannes 2014, visit the festival’s official website.


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As part of the BFI NET.WORK, Creative England’s Sheffield Talent Centre is launching its new pilot training programme – alongside the Brighton programme already announced – which is designed to equip new and emerging filmmakers to make their first fiction feature.

The module of six monthly events will cover the feature filmmaking process from development through to distribution, and covering in between the facts and stats on first films in the UK, getting into development, packaging and financing, production and post, sales, distribution and finding an audience.

A mix of talks, panels and case studies will feature key national and regional industry perspectives, including: Paul Fraser (writer and director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Inflammable Films), Rachel Robey and Al Clark (Wellington Films), Jamie Wolpert (BFI Film Fund), Richard Holmes (Creative England – Production), Paul Ashton (Creative England – Development) with more industry names to be announced.

The modules are aimed at producers, writers and directors in the regions who have not yet made a feature film that was theatrically released and distributed in the UK – but for whom that is a genuine ambition. Participants will leave the programme with a clear insight into the world of first-time feature making, strong peer to peer connections, new industry contacts and an individual plan of action.

There will be up to 40 places available in Sheffield. All sessions are free. However, competition for places will be strong and selected participants are expected to fully commit to the programme. There will also be an opportunity for participants to pitch for further individual development support, which will only be open to those who have attended the full programme.

For more information on the modules and  how to apply, click here and then click on the ‘Skip to Sheffield talent centre programme’ link at the top of the page

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Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale (photo by Robert Viglasky)

The new BBC One three-part drama Jamaica Inn, an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic gothic novel of the same name, is due to air this Easter Monday, 21 April.

Adapted by Emma Frost (The White Queen, Consuming Passion) and directed by BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife, Five Daughters), Jamaica Inn stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Labyrinth) as Mary Yellan, Matthew McNulty (The Paradise, Room At The Top) as Jem Merlyn and Sean Harris (The Borgias, Southcliffe) as Joss Merlyn.

Set in 1821 against the foreboding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, this highly charged, gothic romance follows Mary Yellan as she becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder.

Where was BBC drama Jamaica Inn filmed?

Although set in Cornwall, Creative England supported the production to shoot on location in a number of superb filming locations across Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria, with North Light Film Studios in Huddersfield serving as the main production base.

From the initial hunt for filming locations to sourcing local crew; obtaining filming permissions and facilitating crucial road closures; Creative England ensured that all the necessary requirements were met to ensure access to the best locations and to enable a smooth shoot.

Scenes for the inn itself were shot at filming locations Crow Edge, Penistone in Barnsley. Other Yorkshire locations set to appear in the drama include the moors near Marsden and Holmfirth, St James Church in Tong, Bradford, Farnley Tyas, and Keighley.

Other key scenes were shot at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, where the market square car park and Monument were transformed into Altarnun village using mud and straw to cover the floor and other set builds to cover up any modern elements of the square.

The majority of exterior scenes filmed at Holywell Bay and Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The unspoilt golden sand and spectacular craggy rocks have made Holywell Bay iconic as a filming location in England, and the

Mary Yellan (JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY) - (C) Origin Pictures - Photographer: Robert Viglasky

Mary Yellan (JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY) – (C) Origin Pictures – Photographer: Robert Viglasky

crew of Jamaica Inn took full advantage of this, filming on the beach as well as in the sea. Bodmin Moor itself was the inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, with the Inn set within the dramatic and rugged moorland.

Jamaica Inn Producer, Dan Winch, said: “From the dramatic Cornish coastline and mystical Bodmin Moor itself, to the moors in Yorkshire and Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria; we visited some spectacular locations throughout the course of the shoot. Along the way we received terrific support from Creative England”.

Joss Merlyn (SEAN HARRIS). Photo by Robert Viglasky

Joss Merlyn (SEAN HARRIS). Photo by Robert Viglasky

Creative England’s Film Friendly Partnerships with local authorities such as South Lakeland District Council and ancillary organisations like Cumbria Tourism encourage and develop a film friendly ethos throughout the English regions, ensuring that when a production moves from one area to another they receive continuity in service and treatment.

We continually work to improve the conditions for filming in England, delivering support to productions by sourcing regional filming locations and crew, securing filming permissions and accessing studios.

For more information about filming in Yorkshire, filming in Cumbria, filming in Cornwall or any other areas in England (outside London) or to find out how we support filming in England click here

Screen Yorkshire invested in Jamaica Inn through its Yorkshire Content Fund.

jamaica-inn-filming-locationsImages courtesy of Joan Bryden photography



The major new feature film is part-funded by Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) and started filming this week, with significant location work due to take place in the West Midlands. This includes the opening scene, which is the biggest action set-piece, shooting in Coventry. Additional footage will be shot in Berlin and the Isle of Man.

Image credit - Liam Daniel

Peter Firth as ‘Harry Pearce’ and Kit Harington as ‘Will Holloway’ in Bharat Nalluri’s Spooks: The Greater Good. Photo by Liam Daniel

The film stars Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington, who spent his young adult life in Worcestershire, Zero Dark Thirty star Jennifer Ehle and Peter Firth who reprises his role as ‘Harry Pearce’ from the original hit international TV series that ran for 10 seasons. 

Alongside Pinewood Pictures, Altitude Film Entertainment and BBC Films, the film has been part-funded by Creative England’s WMPF, which invests in the production of feature films and high-end TV drama from companies based in the West Midlands, as well as from producers looking to bring significant projects to the region.

The Fund has previously supported projects as diverse as the Nativity films, the documentary One Mile Away (Best British Feature, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012) and high rating TV series Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge.

Previously called the Advantage Media Production Fund (AMPF), it was re-launched as the West Midlands Production Fund in late 2013 and can now invest between £100,000 and £500,000 per project on a recoupable basis.

Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England, said: “Investment in local production activity and bringing large-scale films to the region not only supports local talent and enriches the industry, but also generates jobs and brings money into the region. This is what the West Midlands Production Fund is all about – and watching Coventry and Birmingham host two full-on action set-pieces will show just what the region can deliver.”

The WMPF is supported through the European Regional Development Fund. Successful productions must demonstrate a positive impact on the region and contribute to its development as a film and TV hub.

The plot
When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from MI5 custody during a routine handover, the Head of Counter Terrorism, Sir Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) – is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, no one’s surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames…

With MI5 on its knees in the wake of the Qasim debacle and facing controversial reform, former officer Will Crombie (Kit Harington) is brought back to uncover the truth they feared – Harry’s still alive. He’s gone rogue, and needs Will’s help.

As Qasim prepares his devastating attack on the heart of London, Will must decide whether to turn Harry in – or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous master spy who has already betrayed him once before…

Spooks: The Greater Good is directed by Bharat Nalluri (originating director of Spooks, Hustle, Life on Mars, in addition to features Tsunami: The Aftermath, Mrs Pettigrew Lives for a Day), written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, shot by Director of Photography Hubert Taczanowski (The Look of Love) and produced by Ollie Madden, Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett for Kudos and Shine Pictures. Spooks will be released in 2015.

Find out more about Creative England’s film and production funds here.


CE_Primary_Loans_rgb_on black_smlCreative England is offering interest free business loans of up to £150,000 to support creative and digital businesses across the English regions.

The Creative England Business Loans are for small to medium-sized companies outside of London looking to develop new products, including software, applications and content for Cross Platform TV development; Healthcare; Government Services; Games and Interactive Entertainment; Business To Business; E-Learning and Mobile applications.

Creative England is offering interest free loans of between £60,000 and £150,000 per application, which will be matched 50/50 with the company sharing the development costs.

Proposals such as a mobile healthcare application, the development of a new game for tablet or mobile, or e-government content linked to a new service delivery model, may all be eligible.

Jim Farmery, Director of Business Development at Creative England, said: “At Creative England we are as ambitious about the growth of creative businesses as the talented minds and individuals that are building them. Through the Creative England Business Loans we hope to support the development of projects that may have otherwise found it difficult to secure funding and get off the ground.

“Our business support teams will also connect these businesses to ongoing support delivered through local networks and introduce them to new markets to ensure they continue to flourish.”

The Floow, an independent UK digital company based in Sheffield poised to transform the motor insurance industry with their smart phone technology, are a past recipient of a Creative England Business Loan. The loan enabled them to create eight new jobs and double their turnover to £500,000, and they forecast a £2million turnover for the next financial year. Over the next four years they expect to create 70 new jobs in Sheffield and become a global telematics exporter.

View the guidelines and how to apply here.

The Creative England Business Loans are made possible via funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Regional Growth Fund


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Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean, which appeared in Jack and the Giant Slayer

Creative England, in partnership with VisitEngland, has published a new locations doubles book called ‘This is England’ for production teams looking for the perfect place to film their next feature. It includes a variety of stunning locations from across England (outside London), and reflects the location doubles most frequently requested, including Victorian England, Europe, America and landscapes of the world and beyond.

Film locations in England range from the sprawling landscape of the Lake District, where Snow White and the Huntsman created its fairy-tale world, to a near exact replica of the White House in Essex. In Captain America, 1940s Brooklyn was recreated in Manchester and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit staged its high-speed Manhattan car chase in Liverpool’s Birkenhead Tunnel.

During 2013 alone, 800 productions were shot on location outside of London. This included major features such as Philomena, The Monuments Men and Jupiter Ascending, and TV dramas like Downton Abbey, Last Tango in Halifax and Sherlock.

Filming location doubles in England

Lavender fields in Kent doubling for mainland Europe ©Tim Gartside

This filming activity resulted in an average annual on-location spend of £62 million ($103 million) investment into England’s regional economies, creating jobs and giving local businesses such as hotels, equipment hire and catering services a boost.

With heavy-weight industry experience, the Creative England Production Services team works to create connections, source locations, improve infrastructure and make filming in England the perfect solution, from development to wrap.

Download a PDF version of the filming location doubles book

To order your hard copy of ‘This is England’, email or call 0208 324 2311






Jaspal Sohal, Head of Games & Digital Media at Creative England, said:

Jas black and white“This is fantastic news for the British video game industry. Not only will this provide much needed support for the incredible game development talent we have in Britain, but it also reaffirms that video games are culturally and commercially equal to other creative sectors such as film and television.

“The games sector is the fastest growing creative industry in the world, today’s announcement will enable UK’s studios to be internationally competitive and help secure Britain’s place at the forefront of what will be an $87 billion a year industry by 2017.”

Creative England is supporting the burgeoning games industry in England by offering funding and businesses expertise through several investment and support initiatives including GamesLab and Greenshoots.

Sohal added: “In the last 7 months alone, Creative England has invested over £475,000 into start-up game companies with that figure set to rise to £1m by the end of 2014.”

“We have forged incredible partnerships with key platform holders and industry veterans in a very short space of time. These relationships have helped to galvanise our game development funds, and we’re seeing an incredibly high number of our investees go on to secure follow-on funding through private and corporate investments, resulting in jobs created and growth in the economy.”


Creative England’s Talent Centre in Brighton, part of the BFI NET.WORK, is helping emerging filmmakers get their first feature made at a new series of monthly events.

There will also be networking opportunities for filmmakers to make links with their fellow industry professionals, and talent showcases.

Six monthly modules will cover the feature filmmaking process from development through to production and distribution, with a mixture of talks, panels and case studies.

Read the full modules schedule.

Those speaking at the modules include Lizzie Francke, Senior Development and Production Executive at the BFI about the current filming landscape; Warp Films producer Mary Burke and Hong Khaou the writer/director of Film London Microwaves’s Lilting about their experiences getting first features off the ground; how to best approach potential partners with your project and secure development funding with Film4 Senior Development Editor Eva Yates and Creative England Senior Film Executive Celine Haddad.

Other key industry players talking at the sessions are Richard Holmes (Creative England), Fiona Neilson (Mint Pictures), Christopher Granier-Deferre (Poisson Rouge), Kate Leys (Script Consultant), and Destiny Ekaragha and Bola Agbaje (Director and Writer, Gone Too Far) with more to be announced.

The modules are aimed at producers, writers, and directors who have not yet made a film that was theatrically released and distributed in the UK.

Creative England Senior Film Executive Celine Haddad said: “Creative England and the BFI NET.WORK are committed to supporting the most talented emerging filmmakers wherever they live in the UK. Through the Brighton Talent Centre, we want to develop and guide a strong cohort of writers, directors and producers across the south of England, and help connect them to experienced members of the film industry. The fact that so many of them have very generously agreed to take part in our activities on the ground is really exciting.”

A similar programme will be launching in Sheffield in the next few weeks, with other national programmes taking place in the future.

There are also plans to share content from the sessions online.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to

Applications are open until 28 March at 5pm. Places will be confirmed by 4 April. The first session is on 23 April (see schedule for full details).








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BAFTA has announced the return of BAFTA TV Forum: Generation Next, day-long events dedicated to inspiring and developing the careers of up-and-coming television professionals run in partnership with Creative England and Creative Skillset.

Building on the success of the first Generation Next forum in 2013, two events will be held this year: on 9 May the forum will return to BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London; and a second event will be hosted by The Landing at Media City UK in Salford on 16 May.

Both events will offer masterclasses, panel discussions and Q&As aimed at giving participants an insight into the different roles in television production.

Delegates will also gain practical advice about entering and working in the industry, and take part in networking opportunities that will give them the chance to make vital professional contacts.

Generation Next is open to those working in, or passionate about forging a career in the industry, including students, runners, researchers, assistant producers or those working in a junior role across technical, craft, creative and business areas.

The Salford event is aimed at students and entry level talent who are seriously interested in a career in the television industry. Through sessions covering topics such as production management, crew and digital content, they will learn how departments work together, and the skills required to succeed.

The London event is aimed at individuals who have already worked for one or two years in production or broadcast roles and are looking to build on their existing experience. The sessions will be longer and are designed to be more practical and interactive.

To book tickets for BAFTA TV Forum: Generation Next in Salford or London, go to Anyone wishing to attend the event in London will be asked to submit a CV when applying for a ticket.  A small number of bursaries are available for both events.