Funding and Talent Development

Sign with funding on it with woods and a road in the background

Unfortunately the Kent Film Office does not run any schemes for funding original content such as feature films, short films, TV, documentaries, corporate, music videos or animation or talent development.

If you’re looking for funding for a project or you’re an up and coming talent looking for support, then you should try the following avenues:

UK Film Council – BFI

Charity that nurtures film talent and develops film culture in the UK and distributes lottery funding in areas such as script development, film production, short films, film export and distribution, cinemas, film education, culture and archives, festivals and audience support schemes.

For more information: http://industry.bfi.org.uk/funding  

Creative England

A national agency that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media in the English regions and offers funding for short and feature films as well as talent development and business support.

For more information: http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/index.php/portfolio/funding/ 

BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is a leading charity supporting the art forms of the moving image. BAFTA supports talent by identifying and rewarding emerging talent, connecting them with established practitioners and offers scholarships, mentoring and networking opportunities.

For more information: http://www.bafta.org/supporting-talent

Creative Skillset

An industry body which supports skills and training for the UK creative industries, offering funding and bursaries specifically for film training.

For more information: http://www.creativeskillset.org/film/

Screen South

A creative Development agency delivering and supporting innovative projects across screen-based media in the South East that nurtures and develops new talent, offers training and works in partnership with organisations and funders where available.

For more information: http://www.screensouth.org/content.aspx?page=42  

Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme

The European Union’s programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors.  Sub-programme MEDIA, invests in film, television, new media and games.

For more information: http://www.creativeeuropeuk.eu/

Film4

Develops and co-finances independent British films and project ideas can be submitted for development by producers, writers and directors.

For more information: http://www.film4.com/film4-productions/how-to-submit-a-project  

BBC

Co-produces around 8 independent British films a year and you can submit your script via the BBC Writersroom.

For more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/send-a-script/

Crowd funding

Crowdfunding is fast becoming a popular way to fund independent film projects and is done by putting your project on a crowd funding website where audiences can donate to the project. There are many popular sites that have helped productions raise finances for their projects:

Kickstarter – http://www.kickstarter.com/

Indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com/

Go Get Funding – https://gogetfunding.com/

LiveTree –  https://secure.livetree.com/#!/home

Plum Fundhttps://www.plumfund.com/

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