Funding & Support

In addition to information about access to investment available on the Business Support pages, there are also public organisations that provide funding, investment and support for film and artists working with film.

Creative England
Creative England

Creative England is the national organisation funded by government to support film makers and businesses to grow through distributing funding, providing access to investment and providing support and training to film makers. This includes the NET:WORK Talent centres, which support new and emerging film directors, producers and writers.
There are two NET:WORK talent centres in the UK: One in Sheffield and one based in Brighton in the Lighthouse. Creative England offer various other competitive schemes for film makers as part of their portfolio.

arts councill england
Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national organisation for the development of the arts and distributes funding from government and Lottery to artists and arts organisations. Although they do not fund film, their support of artist moving image and of mixed arts festivals has done much to support the development of film culture in the city.
They have produced a helpful information sheet on how they support artist film and moving image.

Lighthouse arts Brighton

Lighthouse is a digital culture agency based in Brighton who support, commission and exhibit work by artists and filmmakers. Lighthouse manages the high-level production scheme, BFI Shorts which mentors, supports and produces a series of major new short films – and which includes 3 BAFTA nominees this year.
Lighthouse also runs the UK’s leading mentoring programme for filmmakers Guiding Lights, which supports rising film talent by connecting them with some of the industry’s greatest names, including Sam Mendes, Alex Garland, Kenneth Branagh and Barbara Broccoli.

Creative Europe
Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s funding programme for culture which includes strands for cinema and television. They have a budget of €1.46 billion to invest from 2014 to 2021.
More details can be found here:

Independent Film Trust
Independent Film Trust

The Independent Film Trust is a UK charity, which was set up to advance the cause of independent film-making by various means. 

They support the provision of training for the disadvantaged and scholarships for those who have shown talent but need monetary or other help.