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The Creative England Production Fund has supported fiction and documentary features using National Lottery funds.
Submissions are currently closed for this fund. Please follow us on Twitter, sign up for our newsletter and check this page for up to date production funding opportunities.
Creative England films backed by the Production Fund since 2013 have gone on to win various BIFA and EFA awards, and nominations for Academy and BAFTA awards, amongst numerous worldwide festival and industry prizes. Festival world premieres of supported films have included Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Tribeca, SXSW, San Sebastian and London Film Festival.
Calibre premiered at Edinburgh in 2018, where it won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film on the day it released worldwide as a Netflix Original film, where it became a top ten trending film. The film went on to win the Scottish BAFTA for Best Film Actor amongst its five nominations.
God’s Own Country premiered at Sundance, winning the World Dramatic Competition. Since then it has won numerous awards at Berlin, Edinburgh, Dinard, Chicago, Galway, Stockholm and more. At the 2017 BIFAs it took four awards from its eleven nominations, including Best British Independent Film, and was subsequently BAFTA nominated. Following international release in 2017, it became the best performing independent debut feature at UK cinemas in twenty years.
45 Years won Actor and Actress Silver Bears at its Berlin premiere before taking further awards at the European Film Awards, Edinburgh, Dinard, Evening Standard, Boston Society of Film Critics, London Film Critics Circle, Indiewire Critics Poll, and Valadolid. The film received nominations for the Academy, BAFTA and BIFA awards, and made history as the first £1m ‘day and date’ film release in the UK.
Adult Life Skills won the Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca, Best Debut Screenwriter and Best Supporting Actor from its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, Accession Award at the East End Film Festival, and a Writers Guild award for screenwriting.
Old Boys was nominated for the EFA Youth Award and has won jury prizes and audience awards at Dinard, Sarajevo and Univercine.
Burn Burn Burn won the Grand Jury Prize at Odessa and Discovery Award at LOCO, and was nominated for a BIFA in 2015.
Light Years was nominated for awards at Venice, LFF and Munich.
B&B has won awards at Accolade, Global Independent Film Awards, and Horrible Imaginings.
Notes on Blindness premiered at Sundance and won Best Documentary amongst its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, as well as awards at Sheffield DocFest, Tribeca, San Francisco. It was nominated for Best British Film and Outstanding Debut at the 2017 BAFTAs, and went on UK release in 2016 with a ground-breaking VR tour.
Irene’s Ghost was nominated for the BIFA Discovery Award after it’s premiere at LFF.
Orion won the BIFA Discovery Award in 2016, the Grand Jury Music Film Prize at Nashville and was released in the US by Sundance Selects.
Kingdom of Us premiered at London Film Festival 2017, where it won the Grierson documentary award, before its release as a Netflix Original film. It subsequently received nominations at both the BIFAs and the BAFTAs.
The Lovers and the Despot was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary at Sundance and Best Documentary at Edinburgh and Stockholm.
The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson won the Film Design Award at SXSW and FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage.
The Confession premiered at Sheffield DocFest and was nominated for a BIFA for Best Documentary in 2016.
Paa Joe and the Lion had its world premiere at SXSW.
Hustlers Convention World premiered at DocNYC and UK premiered at Sheffield DocFest,
Forthcoming films currently in production include White Riot, Lennon Lives, Dawn of the Dark Fox and The Hippies.
See here for the low-down on all the award-winning debut films produced through our iFeatures programme.
Film Industry Funding
In addition to the Production Funding options offered by Creative England, sources of feature film finance available to filmmakers and production studios based within England include: