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Lottery Funding: How Does It Impact the Creative Industries and Creative England?

What is Lottery Funding?

The National Lottery provides opportunity towards good causes across different sectors, there are several funders who have a great knowledge of their sectors that are entrusted to distribute Lottery funds, with strict guidelines given to ensure these funds are best placed. These funders sit across film, arts, sport, and heritage to name a few.

How does it impact the Creative Industries?

The National Lottery is dedicated to ensuring that as much money as possible goes towards potentially life-changing projects, with 20% of the total pot being put to the arts. The main bodies for distribution within England are Arts Council England and the BFI.

Arts Council England are champions of artistic and cultural experiences and are extremely dedicated to ensuring the arts are available to everyone. They desire to support immersive and enriching experiences to inspire and bring people together.

The BFI are the leading body for film in the UK and provide funding for film production, distribution, and education. Their overall mission is to “encourage the development of the arts of film television and moving image throughout the UK…”

How does Lottery funding impact Creative England?

Creative England is committed to supporting and developing filmmaking talent across England, with an emphasis on the English regions. Through help from The National Lottery and the BFI, Creative England has been able to support emerging filmmakers and developed talent through programmes including iFeatures, Emerging Fund, iShorts, and iWrite.


With support from BFI NETWORK using funds supplied by the National Lottery, we have been proud to support and facilitate the careers of a huge range of award winning talent. Creative England has developed many successful features including: God’s Own Country, Adult Life Skills,, Notes on Blindness, England Is Mine, Pin Cushion, The Ritual, Paa Joe and The Lion, Orion, The Lovers and The Despot, Light Years and Long Forgotten Fields.

God’s Own Country

The most recent release of our Lottery funded films is God’s Own Country, released on 1st

September 2017. It’s the first feature film from Francis Lee, telling the tale of self-discovery and emotional awakening set in Yorkshire, England.

The film has been well received, with various awards including: Sundance Film Festival (World Premiere) - directing award; grand jury prize, Berlin International Film Festival - Männer Jury award, Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK Premiere) - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film.


Creative England’s iFeatures is a low budget filmmaking initiative which sees three feature films being greenlit for production, funded in partnership with the BFI and BBC. The initiative is aimed at creative talent with some professional experience, and whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention. In its fourth round iFeatures has developed a plethora of films which, as a cohort, have received various awards and premier opportunities across the globe.

For more information see  here.

iFeatures 4

The latest three teams and projects greenlit for production from iFeatures 4 are Perfect 10, Retreat and Make Up. For more information and to keep up to date, head  here.

iFeatures 3

Lady Macbeth is a thrilling 19th century tragedy. Trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience, a young woman fights to protect a fierce and irrepressible new passion. An unsettling tale of a young woman’s relentless struggle for control and happiness within the constraints of a watchful society.

Lady Macbeth had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016, screening in the Platform competition.


A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

Apostasy will premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. You can find out more about the project on their  Facebook page

Directed by Dan Kokotajlo, written by Dan Kokotajlo and Charlotte Wise, produced by Marcie MacLellan and Andrea Cornwell.

The Levelling

When a young Somerset farmer shoots himself his sister Clover sets out to understand what may have driven him to this, and in doing so is forced to confront her own role in the tragedy.

The Levelling had its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2016 as part of the festival's Discovery section.

iFeatures 2 & 1

Previous rounds have included films such as: The Goob, Norfolk, Spaceship Flying Blind, 8 Minutes Idle and In the Dark Half.

Other Initiatives

We have produced short films via the Emerging fund, iShorts and Alumni have been BAFTA, BIFA and IFTA nominated, playing at festivals worldwide including Cannes Critics Week, SXSW, Tribeca, Palm Springs, Rhode Island, Chicago and many more.

Our NETWORK talent initiatives have included: iWrite (with Royal Exchange Manchester, Live Theatre Newcastle, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep, Writers Centre Norwich); Talent Modules in Sheffield, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Liverpool and Norwich with various partners (Showroom, Lighthouse, Flatpack, NFM, FACT); Creative Producer Initiative; Weekender; NET.WORK@LFF. Other Creative England supported talent initiatives have included Cross Channel Film Lab, Triangle, Elevator, Think Shoot Distribute.

Thank you to players of the National Lottery, for helping good causes such as those within the creative industries #LotteryFunded

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