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The New Ideas Fund is part of Creative Enterprise*, developed and delivered by Creative England. The programme’s aims are to support growth of screen sector in England. The New Ideas fund is a programme of small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling. 

The New Ideas Fund is a bespoke fund offering small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image industries. The fund will enable entrepreneurs to build upon their creative and commercial ideas, creating opportunity for business growth. Grants of between £1000 and £25,000 are available to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact your entrepreneurial journey and grow your business.

If you are applying for £10,000-£25,000 you must be a registered limited company, have a clear vision for your business and have a business proposal that includes storytelling through creative content/moving image as a significant component.

Who is it for?

Screen based storytelling entrepreneurs and businesses in the English regions outside of London. This includes film, television, animation, games, immersive content that supports these industries.

You are ineligible to apply if you work in corporate video or advertising, e-learning or training unless you want to start a screen- based storytelling arm. You are ineligible to apply if you are a charity, non-profit or CIC unless you want to set up a corporate arm relevant to the screen-based industries.

For a more detailed breakdown about who can and cannot apply, please read our Guidelines.

What can I use the money for?

We are looking for creative and commercial ideas that could unlock
opportunities for your career to reach the next level or could increase your company growth prospects. This could be your chance to try something new, experiment with new technology or collaborate.

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive an outcome within 8 weeks of the date they submitted.

Please take the time to read our guidelines and FAQs.

Should you have any access or communication requirements relating to our applications and guidance, then please contact the team at creativeenterprise@creativeengland.co.uk or 0333 023 5240.

*Creative Enterprise

In partnership with the BFI, Creative Enterprise was developed three years ago to grow screen businesses in the English regions. Through intensive programmes and bespoke workshops led by industry leaders and mentors, Creative Enterprise provides expertise and training to futureproof the next generation of moving image companies. By bringing together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, we build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. The programme set out to support moving image entrepreneurs and businesses to develop new business models, products and services.

Meet Last Year’s Cohort

3 Minutes West

3 minutes West was established in 2007 by director Jeff Tudor and producer Adrienne Liron. We’re based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Manchester, UK. We produce original, cross-genre, mixed-media feature films. Our first feature ~ Coppelia ~ is a unique family movie combining animation and live action dance. World premiere at Annecy International Animation Festival 2021.

104 Films

104 films were established in 2004 with the aim of creating a tectonic shift in the representation of disabled people both in front of and behind the camera. We help bring to the screen critically acclaimed award winning films for an international audience such as the Oscar shortlisted Unrest, BAFTA winning I Am Breathing, BAFTA Best British film nominee Notes On Blindness, BAFTA nominated Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll plus the multi award winning Special People which was hailed as a “Milestone in mainstream cinema” by the Guardian for its use of disabled cast.

Altered Gene Limited

If you have an idea for a game, we can build it, wrap it in a bow* and give it back to you. Or we can help you self-publish it. there is no bow. We can share decades of advice with you on all aspects of game development. We can also manage relationships with platform holders and or publishers on your behalf.

3 minutes West was established in 2007 by director Jeff Tudor and producer Adrienne Liron. We’re based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Manchester, UK. We produce original, cross-genre, mixed-media feature films. Our first feature ~ Coppelia ~ is a unique family movie combining animation and live action dance. World premiere at Annecy International Animation Festival 2021.

104 films were established in 2004 with the aim of creating a tectonic shift in the representation of disabled people both in front of and behind the camera. We help bring to the screen critically acclaimed award winning films for an international audience such as the Oscar shortlisted Unrest, BAFTA winning I Am Breathing, BAFTA Best British film nominee Notes On Blindness, BAFTA nominated Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll plus the multi award winning Special People which was hailed as a “Milestone in mainstream cinema” by the Guardian for its use of disabled cast.

If you have an idea for a game, we can build it, wrap it in a bow* and give it back to you. Or we can help you self-publish it. there is no bow. We can share decades of advice with you on all aspects of game development. We can also manage relationships with platform holders and or publishers on your behalf.

Carbon Digital Ltd

Carbon is an industry veteran! We are proud to say that we have been delivering outstanding visual content to our clients since 1998. Our MediaCityUK based team offer a complete Virtual Production service. We provide an integrated service including both LED stage and green-screen studio sets, we deliver everything from creative content to full shoot and post-production. Our team also specialise in creating truly immersive Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences with a high-end VFX approach.

Create Animate Ltd

Create Animate make animated films that connect with people and represents their stories. On top of our hand crafted aesthetic, we like to add a sprinkle of our special ingredient AWE. Awareness. Wellbeing. Empowerment.

Crocodile Media Ltd

We’re an award-winning independent production company based in Manchester and Scotland. Specialising in factual and factual entertainment content, our portfolio includes documentaries for BBC, C4, Sky and the Crime & Investigation Network & prize-gathering digital content for the NHS.

Carbon is an industry veteran! We are proud to say that we have been delivering outstanding visual content to our clients since 1998. Our MediaCityUK based team offer a complete Virtual Production service. We provide an integrated service including both LED stage and green-screen studio sets, we deliver everything from creative content to full shoot and post-production. Our team also specialise in creating truly immersive Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences with a high-end VFX approach.

Create Animate make animated films that connect with people and represents their stories. On top of our hand crafted aesthetic, we like to add a sprinkle of our special ingredient AWE. Awareness. Wellbeing. Empowerment.

We’re an award-winning independent production company based in Manchester and Scotland. Specialising in factual and factual entertainment content, our portfolio includes documentaries for BBC, C4, Sky and the Crime & Investigation Network & prize-gathering digital content for the NHS.

Crossover Labs

Crossover has been running labs and training iniatives since 2008. We work with top industry mentors, incorporating design thinking and bespoke methodologies to encourage meaningful collaborations between creatives, artists and technologists. Our intensive workshop processes focus on the development of project ideas through the lenses of story, audience development and routes to market.

Heterodocs

A Production company based in Hertfordshire creating documentary film and immersive story-telling. With human stories at the heart of each production. Utilising the power of film to connect audiences and create learning, HeteroDocs are developing immersive Documentaries to explore new perspectives and maximise social impact. Developing creative briefs or producing content from scratch, HeteroDocs specialise in making empowering content.

Immersive Storylab

We work in any sector – because every sector needs compelling stories. And we fuse theatre, game, cinematic arts, experience design, and mixed reality technologies to create innovative and effective products and content for our clients. We always try to develop XR content and products which encourage people to care about the things we care about: our environment, our health, our shared culture, using the transformative powers of art, technology, and story in our everyday lives and locations…

Crossover has been running labs and training iniatives since 2008. We work with top industry mentors, incorporating design thinking and bespoke methodologies to encourage meaningful collaborations between creatives, artists and technologists. Our intensive workshop processes focus on the development of project ideas through the lenses of story, audience development and routes to market.

A Production company based in Hertfordshire creating documentary film and immersive story-telling. With human stories at the heart of each production. Utilising the power of film to connect audiences and create learning, HeteroDocs are developing immersive Documentaries to explore new perspectives and maximise social impact. Developing creative briefs or producing content from scratch, HeteroDocs specialise in making empowering content.

We work in any sector – because every sector needs compelling stories. And we fuse theatre, game, cinematic arts, experience design, and mixed reality technologies to create innovative and effective products and content for our clients. We always try to develop XR content and products which encourage people to care about the things we care about: our environment, our health, our shared culture, using the transformative powers of art, technology, and story in our everyday lives and locations…

Infinite Wisdom

First and foremost we’re storytellers and storytelling is by far the oldest form of entertainment. Founded by UK producer Michael Ford, Infinite Wisdom is focused on the development and production of immersive stories for VR, digital, film and broadcast. Whether it’s a gripping thriller, a family adventure or a children’s drama, we want to hook the viewer and leave them wanting more.

Kino Bino

Kino Bino animation studio is run by co-directors Steff & Jack. Based in Leicester, UK, working in the city’s vibrant cultural quarter, alongside our network of animators, illustrators, designers, and musicians.

Kurious Arts Limited

Kurious Arts is a newly formed production company and creative hub based at Castle House, Sheffield. It forms part of the Kollider project, established in 2017 by Adrian Hackett and Nick Morgan to promote social, cultural and economic regeneration in Sheffield through a collection of technology and creative ventures which connect the region’s arts and digital sectors.

First and foremost we’re storytellers and storytelling is by far the oldest form of entertainment. Founded by UK producer Michael Ford, Infinite Wisdom is focused on the development and production of immersive stories for VR, digital, film and broadcast. Whether it’s a gripping thriller, a family adventure or a children’s drama, we want to hook the viewer and leave them wanting more.

Kino Bino animation studio is run by co-directors Steff & Jack. Based in Leicester, UK, working in the city’s vibrant cultural quarter, alongside our network of animators, illustrators, designers, and musicians.

Kurious Arts is a newly formed production company and creative hub based at Castle House, Sheffield. It forms part of the Kollider project, established in 2017 by Adrian Hackett and Nick Morgan to promote social, cultural and economic regeneration in Sheffield through a collection of technology and creative ventures which connect the region’s arts and digital sectors.

Leo & Hyde

We write musicals that sound different – fusing original, electronic sound-worlds with contemporary stories about modern life and future technology to create a truly 21st century theatrical experience.

Limina Immersive

Limina Immersive offers unparalleled insight into immersive media content and its audience. Founded by Catherine Allen in 2017, we have become a leading voice on the growth of AR and VR, with insights featured in The Sunday Times, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Wired Magazine, The Guardian and more.

Moonraker VFX

Established in Bristol in 2013, Moonraker, formerly Coffee and TV Bristol, has built a strong local and international reputation with producers and broadcasters creating award winning visual effects content for Television, Film, Commercials, Museums and Visitor attractions. Our Studio in Clifton houses a strong team of the industry’s leading artists who innovate, design and digitally craft visual effects for any screen. Their combined creative and technical talents quite simply create beautiful moving images.

We write musicals that sound different – fusing original, electronic sound-worlds with contemporary stories about modern life and future technology to create a truly 21st century theatrical experience.

Limina Immersive offers unparalleled insight into immersive media content and its audience. Founded by Catherine Allen in 2017, we have become a leading voice on the growth of AR and VR, with insights featured in The Sunday Times, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Wired Magazine, The Guardian and more.

Established in Bristol in 2013, Moonraker, formerly Coffee and TV Bristol, has built a strong local and international reputation with producers and broadcasters creating award winning visual effects content for Television, Film, Commercials, Museums and Visitor attractions. Our Studio in Clifton houses a strong team of the industry’s leading artists who innovate, design and digitally craft visual effects for any screen. Their combined creative and technical talents quite simply create beautiful moving images.

Ourscreen Ltd

For six years, ourscreen has been home to the UK’s foremost crowdsourced cinema platform, changing the way you watch films in the cinema. We’ve hosted thousands of film screenings in cinemas all across the UK, programmed and made happen by YOU. We love the cinema. We believe in the power of cinema and that the social experience of watching films together on the big screen in a packed-out cinema is how films deserve to be seen.

Plug In Media

We are a Brighton-based digital production company, founded in 2003, now with 15 years experience at the forefront of cross-platform production. We have a blended business model that combines original IP development and production, with a digital agency providing interactive development and animation services to companies all over the world. We have an enviable client list that includes some of the biggest names in entertainment, both in the UK and in the USA. Managing Director, Juliet Tzabar and Creative Director, Dom Minns, met whilst working at digital agency, Victoria Real in 2000. It’s here that they first worked together on an interactive project for kids, a BBC website for a CBBC show, called Xchange.

Semaeopus

Semaeopus is a small but mighty indie games studio that puts its energy into making relevant, fun and challenging games. You won’t necessarily find weapons and combat in games that come from Semaeopus – you’re more likely to use stealth and trickery as you explore in depth worlds, and meet unconventional characters along the way.

For six years, ourscreen has been home to the UK’s foremost crowdsourced cinema platform, changing the way you watch films in the cinema. We’ve hosted thousands of film screenings in cinemas all across the UK, programmed and made happen by YOU. We love the cinema. We believe in the power of cinema and that the social experience of watching films together on the big screen in a packed-out cinema is how films deserve to be seen.

We are a Brighton-based digital production company, founded in 2003, now with 15 years experience at the forefront of cross-platform production. We have a blended business model that combines original IP development and production, with a digital agency providing interactive development and animation services to companies all over the world. We have an enviable client list that includes some of the biggest names in entertainment, both in the UK and in the USA. Managing Director, Juliet Tzabar and Creative Director, Dom Minns, met whilst working at digital agency, Victoria Real in 2000. It’s here that they first worked together on an interactive project for kids, a BBC website for a CBBC show, called Xchange.

Semaeopus is a small but mighty indie games studio that puts its energy into making relevant, fun and challenging games. You won’t necessarily find weapons and combat in games that come from Semaeopus – you’re more likely to use stealth and trickery as you explore in depth worlds, and meet unconventional characters along the way.

Singer Studios

Singer Studios is a UK-based production company and creative studio that specialises in a new frontier of entertainment. Bringing the next generation of storytelling, Singer Studios is led by award-winning producer Eloise Singer, best known for Billie Piper’s critically acclaimed directing debut Rare Beasts, Express Delivery and upcoming film The Last Rifleman starring Pierce Brosnan.

Strive Films

Launched in 2017, Strive is a BAFTA long-listed film & TV production company that has a strong track record of producing content from outsider perspectives and those who are often treated as ‘other’ . With strong working-class roots and based in Hull, Yorkshire, Strive champions regional talent from across the UK and beyond. Bringing together passionate storytellers is what we do and film is how we do it.

Tentacle Media

Tentacle Media is a Staffordshire animation company servicing clients worldwide with engaging, fun, character driven and immersive animation. We work with educators, charities and brands to communicate complex messages in an entertaining and digestible way. Our unique style and approach creates lasting and shareable content that will make a real impact.

Singer Studios is a UK-based production company and creative studio that specialises in a new frontier of entertainment. Bringing the next generation of storytelling, Singer Studios is led by award-winning producer Eloise Singer, best known for Billie Piper’s critically acclaimed directing debut Rare Beasts, Express Delivery and upcoming film The Last Rifleman starring Pierce Brosnan.

Launched in 2017, Strive is a BAFTA long-listed film & TV production company that has a strong track record of producing content from outsider perspectives and those who are often treated as ‘other’ . With strong working-class roots and based in Hull, Yorkshire, Strive champions regional talent from across the UK and beyond. Bringing together passionate storytellers is what we do and film is how we do it.

Tentacle Media is a Staffordshire animation company servicing clients worldwide with engaging, fun, character driven and immersive animation. We work with educators, charities and brands to communicate complex messages in an entertaining and digestible way. Our unique style and approach creates lasting and shareable content that will make a real impact.

Treehouse Digital

Since 2016 we have been building our awesome team of artists and collaborators. Everyone in the Treehouse is committed to delivering the highest quality content and are passionate about telling stories, combining old tricks with new technology.

Since 2016 we have been building our awesome team of artists and collaborators. Everyone in the Treehouse is committed to delivering the highest quality content and are passionate about telling stories, combining old tricks with new technology.

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