New filmmakers from across England will launch crowdfunding projects as a part of Creative England’s annual short film initiative: iShorts.
Following hundreds of applications from aspiring filmmakers, 19 producer / director teams have been chosen to receive a share of £100k from Creative England.
Each team will also launch a Crowdfunder campaign giving them a unique opportunity to raise additional finance from the crowd, and make the film of their dreams.
The campaign with Crowdfunder is the latest innovation from Creative England, offering alternative finance to the creative industries. It follows the success of Queen of Code, which raised £40,000 for some of the country’s newest and most exciting female game developers.
The crowdfunding campaign has been created not only to increase the finance available for production but to drive early awareness and audience engagement in advance of the films’ release.
It also aims to promote some of the country’s brightest and best film talent. Chosen filmmakers hail from across the regions, from Devon to Newcastle. And their stories range from a mountain-recuse drama to reincarnation, an outspoken comedian to a serially depressed serial killer.
'Sweetheart' directed by previous iShorts applicant Jack Taylor Cox.
The chosen filmmakers will also receive editorial support, industry mentoring and networking opportunities via Creative England’s Talent Centres, as well as access to a bespoke training programme funded by Creative Skillset.
Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England said, “This country is full of incredibly talented writers, directors and producers, but finding film finance continues to be a struggle. The industry is often seen as a ‘risky’ proposition.
“By teaming up with Crowdfunder, we can give our most exciting new talent the best chance of making an outstanding film, by tapping into alternative finance. The chosen scripts are all brilliant, so I know the public will get behind them.”
Phil Geraghty, MD of Crowdfunder, added, “Creative England is once again leading the charge in alternative funding, distributing funds on Crowdfunder to amplify talent, providing a platform from which to launch innovative ideas with the support of the crowd.
“We are really excited to be providing a home for new and exciting film talent, putting skills, ambitions and talent under the spotlight here in England.”