Film Funding

In September 2013 we launched our new offer for filmmakers in England. Please visit the Film section for full details.

Below are details of the first funding opportunities we have launched under the new offer.

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.

Film Enterprise Guidelines

Click here for the Expression of Interest

New Talent

Applications for iShorts have now closed.

iShorts is a fixed call for submissions, financing around 20 films with budgets of £5,000 each for directors and writer/directors based outside Greater London.

Creative England will be launching further New Talent calls in Spring 2014. Please check the Creative England website and social media channels for the latest news.

Emerging Talent

Our offer to emerging talent means writers, directors and writer/directors:

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

Eligible applicants will be able to apply for funding and support towards:

Feature Film Development

We will support the development of live action, fictional feature film projects of all genres.

This may include a contribution towards option costs, research, writer’s fees, script editing, producer’s fees/overhead, director’s services, legal, budget/schedule, casting, recce and other costs as may be agreed.

Short Film Production

We will support the production of shorts, pilots and teasers from writer/directors and directors who have written or have a formal attachment to a feature film that is at first draft or beyond.

Proposed short film projects must:

  • have been developed to first draft or beyond
  • have a duration of 10 to 30 minutes
  • be achievable within a budget range of £10,000 to £50,000
  • be a creatively and professionally relevant calling card for a first feature

Download the Emerging Talent guidelines

Download the Emerging Talent FAQs

Apply to the Emerging Talent offer online

The Talent Centres team is led by Paul Ashton and Céline Haddad.


Creative England Business Loans

Creative England are supporting digital creative companies to finance business growth through the provision of CE_Primary_Loans_rgb_on black_smlinterest-free loans.

Creative England Business Loans will help fuel the growth of the fastest growing sector in the UK economy, financing business expansion and new products which will lead to the creation of new, high-quality jobs.

Businesses based in the North, the Midlands and the South West of England will be able to apply for a loan of between £60,000 and £150,000 which is then repaid over 3 years. The loan repayments in the first year are minimal followed by 24 equal repayments over the final 2 years. The loan must be matched 50:50 with other finance, sourced by the company.

Creative England Business Loans are funded through the new Creative England Growth Programme, a £4.2m programme funded by the Regional Growth Fund. Two previous loan funds have been so successful and heavily over-subscribed that the decision has been taken to increase the loan funding available from £1,000,000 to £1,500,000.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis

Download the Creative England business loans guidelines

Apply for a Creative England business loan


AXM – Digital and Creative

Creative England have formed a partnership with AXM, managers of the digital and creative strand of the North West Fund. The additional support from Creative England will help secure private sector investment and boost the company’s growth potential. The first SME to benefit from joint investment were Site Desk based in Greater Manchester who specialise in software for the construction industry.

For more information please visit AXM – Digital and Creative.