Magazine article Screen International

Creative England Launches Talent Development Funds

Magazine article Screen International

Creative England Launches Talent Development Funds

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The Funds, made up of £400,000 of BFI administered lottery money, will go towards the development of feature films and organisations which promote filmmaking activities in the UK regions.

Creative England has unveiled its two BFI lottery backed Funds - a £250,000 Development Fund and a £150,000 Film Networks Fund - aimed at supporting talent in the regions.

The Development Fund is open to individual writers, writer/directors and/or producers, as well as writer/director/producer teams, based in the English regions for the development of all types of feature films, including animation and documentary.

Awards will range from £2,500 to £25,000, to be made on a rolling basis.

The Film Networks Fund is open to networks and organisations whose work "supports and promotes filmmaking activities in the English regions."

That will include funding towards editorial and technical support for emerging talent looking to produce work, delivery of networking, screening and industry speaker events and master classes, and provision of peer-to-peer support, mentoring, training and advice.

Awards will again range from £2500 to £25,000. The deadline for applications is January 30 2012.

Creative England's head of talent development Chris Moll, who will continue to be based out of the South West Screen office, also plans to launch a new nationwide microbudget programme next year - an extension of the Bristol based iFeatures scheme which he spearheaded at South West Screen - as well as providing advice and practical help to film-makers. …

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