Category Archives: Funding & Development





 A range of opportunities in film, games and television are available for students, careers starters and talented newcomers

London, Monday 19 March: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has opened applications for a range of initiatives that support talent in the UK, US and China to progress in the film, games and television industries. Students, career starters and talented newcomers can apply now to the programmes that suit their experience and professional aspirations:

  • BAFTA Breakthrough Brits
  • BAFTA Crew professional network
  • BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition
  • BAFTA Scholarships in the UK, China, Los Angeles and New York
  • BAFTA Student Film Awards
  • BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “Our annual talent initiatives are open to everyone, from the budding writer to the student game designer, and from the emerging cinematographer to the aspiring composer. Through these initiatives we help future-proof the creative industries, by ensuring we recognise and support talented individuals as they progress through their careers. As well as connecting our new talents with BAFTA members, winners and nominees, we also help them to establish their own peer networks and enable them to collaborate globally across film, games and television. Many past participants have already been recognised at BAFTA’s awards ceremonies so it will be exciting to see how high this year’s new talent can fly.”


BAFTA Breakthrough Brits ( showcases up to 20 on-screen and off-screen talent who have made a significant impact in the past year. Each Breakthrough Brit receives a bespoke 12-month programme of career development support. In previous years the selected honourees have included actors Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

BAFTA Crew ( is a professional development network connecting emerging talent with their peers and leading practitioners:

  • BAFTA Crew Film and TV supports craft and technical talent with two to four feature film or broadcast credits, offering networking and events across departments.
  • BAFTA Crew Games offers games practitioners with 2-4 years’ experience monthly events and networking, with  a pathway to full BAFTA membership in the future.
  • BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew brings together 150 writers, directors and producers on the way to making their first feature film for roundtables, events and mentoring opportunities, backed by BFI NETWORK. Made possible through National Lottery funding, BFI NETWORK ( exists to discover and support talented writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition ( aims to give a platform to undiscovered screenwriters and help them to develop their careers. Entries are now open for writers with a TV comedy script. Three successful entrants will have extracts from their scripts performed by professional actors, and gain feedback from attending experts, at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, in June.

BAFTA Scholarships ( award talented individuals to take an industry-focussed course in film, games or television in the UK, USA or China. In addition to financial support, each BAFTA Scholar is mentored by a BAFTA member or nominee, and receives free access to BAFTA events in each country.

  • The BAFTA Scholarship Programme in the UK ( includes the Prince William Scholarship in Film, Games and Television, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros. Prince William Scholars will have their fees funded by Warner Bros. and will additionally receive a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies, access to a Warner Bros. mentor, and invitations to a series of industry masterclasses. The BAFTA Scholarship Programme has been made possible by the generous support of individual donors, foundations and Warner Bros.
  • The BAFTA Scholarship Programme in China ( enables UK nationals to study in China, and Chinese nationals to study in the UK. The programme has been made possible by the generous support of individual donors.
  • The BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship Program ( supports British graduate students studying in the US, as well as local LA students from the inner city.
  • The BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship Program ( supports students pursuing media studies at graduate level institutions within the New York City area.

The BAFTA Student Film Awards ( is an annual event celebrating the work of student filmmakers from around the world. The initiative includes shortlist events in the UK, New York and Los Angeles, educational programming for the participants, and the grand finale celebration held in Los Angeles. The winners of the BAFTA Student Film Awards also receive access to BAFTA events, seminars and screenings to support their pursuits during this important early stage of their career.

The BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program ( supports international rising stars who have recently moved to Los Angeles to further their career. Each participant receives access to screenings, educational programming, and curated new talent events aimed at supporting both career development and the transition to living and working in the US.

For details of all BAFTA initiatives to support talent, go to:

Event Manager: Job With Kush Films


Event Manager Needed



Kush Film Boutique: Events Manager
Kush Films the leading exhibitor of urban films in the UK is looking for a young enthusiastic and articulate Events Manager that will take full responsibility for and implement the monthly management of our renowned film club the Kush Film Boutique.

The Kush Film Boutique is the UK’s longest running and No 1 platform for the exhibition showcase of new mainstream and independent films with an emphasis of supporting disadvantaged minority filmmakers.  The Film Boutique currently happens monthly at the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW (near Oxford Street Tube) (usually on a Thursday evening from 7.30pm – 11.00pm, but future one-off dates can be change by cinema).

There could also be an expansion of screening events to other cinemas or you could be involved in premiere screenings linked to marketing campaigns that we organised on behalf of distributors/producers.

This is a voluntary position with all expenses covered. After a 6-month trial the situation will be reviewed and this could well lead to a remuneration package covering hours spent managing event.
Please note profits are limited on this monthly event and profits are ploughed back into the event to continue development and to continue supporting urban filmmakers. Supporting disadvantaged filmmakers and helping to establish new talent is the NO 1 priority here.

Event Manager Attributes:
So you must have a passion for film & the creative arts, care about supporting others & giving back and be determined about making a difference through community leadership.
You must also be able to take instruction & interpret that in an effective manner, think on your feet, handle immediate pressure and make quick decisive decisions, not be afraid of public speaking as you may need to take to stage sometimes, handle other support staff in a positive pro-active manner, be people-friendly and not get overwhelmed or starry-eyed by stars/celebrities.

Hours Required: (Day of Event) 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Month prior to event: Meet up once or twice for 2 hours to visit venue & chat about event details (once experienced meet up only once per month – rest of time talk/plan on phone or Skype).

There is a set format for each event which has been part of the film club for many years, so everything is already in place but always open to new creative ideas and changes.

FB Events comprise of:

  • Networking and Music/Drinks in bar (sometimes live DJ/Bands etc)
  • Introductions and welcomes
  • Trailers (we select for new films we are supporting)
  • 1x Short film
  • Main feature film (or selection of short films – if we have a short film programme)
  • Q&A or Panel Discussion
  • End

Other elements: Master Classes / Live artiste performances that link into theme of film (singers, rappers, comedians, poets etc)

This is a great opportunity for the right person to hone their event management skills whilst learning on the job, gaining a greater understanding of how the film/TV industries work especially the fields of exhibition and distribution, meet recognised actors and film/TV industry peers, develop great new contacts whilst at the same time been rewarded with the knowledge that through your hard work; you are making a difference and giving great support to urban films and minority filmmakers at the UK’s most renowned & respected exhibition platform for urban films.

We are sure other opportunities will also arise for you through the people you meet on a monthly basis and just through been involved with Kush Films.

Our aim is to support others who are passionate, dedicated and determined by pushing them up to greater heights on our shoulders!

For further details, Please send an email with CV & covering letter as to why you think you are right for the vacancy to:
Tel: 0203 070 3200 / 07961 977 749




Emerging Voices Seeks Short Films from American and Caribbean Filmmakers




The Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds is currently seeking submissions of short films from Latin American and Caribbean filmmakers for their Emerging Voices Awards.

The Award for the Best Short Film will be presented to the director of a film completed or released in one of the eligible countries in Latin America or the Caribbean region (see below the full list). The film must be directed by a national or passport holder of one of these countries and must have been completed or made available for distribution for the first time between 1 January, 2015 and 31 March, 2016. The film can be in any language, but if it is not in English, it must have English subtitles. The film can be up to 40 minutes long, including opening and closing credits.

The closing date for submissions is 3 May 2016. Finalists will be flown to attend a gala awards ceremony taking place at the NYPL The New York Public Library on 26 September 2016. The winner will receive a prize award of $40,000 and will be featured in a post-event magazine and videos profiled on Shortlisted runners up will receive $5,000.

For more information or to submit your film, please visit

Passport holders from the following countries are eligible to enter the film award: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname.

Trainee’s Find A Production Company & Get Trained UP



Are you interested in working behind the camera on high end TV dramas like Poldark and Peaky Blinders? Do you have less than two years’ experience?

We’ve got the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

Creative Skillset run a fantastic programme called Trainee Finder where trainees are matched with productions to gain a series of PAID placements in high end TV over a two year period.

If you’d like to be part of this programme, here’s how you get involved.

We’ve held a series of open evenings across the UK to let more people know about this fantastic opportunity – now it’s time for the next stage.

We’re running FREE weekend Microshorts Workshops in Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol over Spring 2016. We’re looking for 20 people to take part in each workshop, filming a tiny short film over a weekend with our team of experienced facilitators. Following the workshop, we’ll be selecting people to go through to Trainee Finder.

If you’re a budding camera operator, sound recordist, make up artist, production co-ordinator, or any other behind the camera role, apply for your closest workshop today via Hiive (Creative Skillset’s social network for creatives).

Go to: and scroll down to find the workshop closest to you.

The ONLY criteria is that you need to have less than two years’ experience in your chosen area, so if you’re just starting out, or are changing career paths, this is for you.

Manchester – 5th & 6th March 2016 
Leeds – 9th & 10th April 2016 
London and Bristol – TBC


Filmmaking Opportunities for 16 – 24 yr olds in the midlands -APPLY!











Then get reading and then appying – as they say time waits for no man (or woman)!

Rural Media is looking for young artists with creative ideas from all art forms; from dance to visual art, animation to poetry, music to drama, film to video art to create stunning new short films

Random Acts is a major 3-year Arts Council England/Channel 4 project that supports young artists between the ages of 16-24 with throughout England.

Kush is supporting Rural Media who runs the midlands hub of Random Acts and Kush Films gov’ner Marlon Palmer has agreed to give up his time to be a mentor to a selected successful applicant (there are other hubs covering all over England including London so go to the Random Acts website for news on a specific area that you live in).

For this particular project you need to be aged between 16-24 and live or attend College or University in the  Midlands.

You will need to have a clear focus of what it is you want to do; you may have a script, artwork, storyboard, choreography or piece of music that you want to use, or have developed concepts and ideas that you want to realise on screen. There will be time to cultivate your ideas with professional mentors, but we will be looking for applications that can demonstrate a clear vision

The production process will be demanding. You will be supported and guided throughout it all, but you need to be prepared to commit time and energy to producing your work. Once you are commissioned you will be placed onto a production schedule which means working to tight delivery deadlines.

The Rural Media Company is the Random Acts Network Centre for the Midlands in partnership with Maverick TV and a host of other arts organisations.

If you’re still not quite sure of what its all about then a good way to find out more will be at one of our Access Events. Our workshops for the Summer are now finished but we will be organising more in your area in the Autumn.

The workshops will give you all the information you need about Random Acts and how to to apply as well as providing valuable tips and inspiration from a wide range of artists and industry experts –  AND they are a lot of fun!

Find out more about the workshops HERE

What I don’t know but I’m too afraid to ask…………

You can visit our FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions) page HERE

Once you have developed your idea you will need to complete an online application form and email it to –  the application pack which also contains full Guidelines can be found below the photo Gallery

Applications are now open and the next deadline is Friday 6th November 2015 @ 5pm

Get involved, take part, take a risk, put your idea out there – can you really afford to miss this opportunity?

Click below here to find out more info and apply for this great opportunity

Contact Details:
Tel: 01432 344039


16-24 yr old – Want to work in VFX? Framestore is open!





Open Doors @ Framestore

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015
Address: 9 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GH


A VFX scene from the film Gravity


Want to work in VFX? Framestore is open!

We have secured exclusive invites for anyone aged 16-24 interested in a career in visual effects to go behind the scenes at Framestore, one of the UK’s most exciting VFX companies.

The artists and producers behind the VFX magic on films such as Gravity, Harry Potter and Avatar will share their career paths and the nitty gritty of their job.

Meet the visionaries who have helped make Framestore the success it is today, and get fresh perspectives from those starting their career at the company, including insight and tips from…


  • Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
  • Junior Animator
  • Production Assistant

Also, network with the rest of the Framestore family – whilst enjoying free pizza!

Don’t miss out! Click here to save your place at our Framestore Open Doors

Competition Time

Fancy the opportunity to work at Framestore? We’re giving you the opportunity to win one week work experience. Click here to find out how.

(Competition run by Film London and not by Kush: click link to go to their site)


Open Doors

Open Doors is a series of events for 16-24 year olds to connect with the fastest growing creative companies, and network with like-minded people in the industry. At every Open Doors event you will come away with invaluable insight into working in the Creative Industries, the skills you need to be successful and the opportunities open to you to help you get there.

For more information about this and other events, follow our Open Doors swarm on Hiive, the professional network for creative people.


Film London’s Microwave Fund for New Filmmakers


  Microwave funding pic

This unique scheme doesn’t just fund films; it offers the next generation of filmmakers a proven programme of training-through-production, as well as distribution support.

Championing London’s diverse and dynamic emerging filmmakers, we offer development funding for shortlisted projects, as well as production and distribution support to the eventual greenlit films.

Has a feature film idea been tugging at your imagination? Applications for Microwave are now open!

Applications close on 14 July. Apply here.

With the aim that Microwave reflects the city’s population, it’s our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmaking teams with talent of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Commissioned through Microwave

After a record-breaking open call attracted 160 applications, 12 filmmaking teams were selected for Microwave’s most recent round in December 2014. See the shortlisted projects here.

Following an intensive series of training and mentorship opportunities, including our innovative and unique development programme Microschool, chase thriller Kill Her Witch and psychologocial horrorThe Visitor are the two latest films to be commissioned through Microwave.

Development support

To ensure filmmaking teams can hone their scripts, stories and skills we’re offering an extended development programme to up to 36 filmmaking teams – including bespoke mentoring from experienced industry directors, writers and producers.

With support from Creative Skillset, our five-day training ‘bootcamp’ Microschool offers an intensive program of workshops, seminars, screenings and script surgeries covering all aspects of production, from development to sales and distribution.

Shortlisted teams are then given a three-month funded development period, until the final projects are selected for production.

Two features from each round are commissioned and later greenlit for production.

Development funding

Thanks to the BFI and BBC Films, we are able to now offer not only production funding, but for the first time also support you through the development phase.

If your project is longlisted you have the potential to receive development funding of up to £10,000 per team. The 12 teams participating in Microschool get £1,000; if you’re one of six projects to proceed to the next stage you receive a further £2,000 and if it is commissioned you get an additional £7,000 to support you through the development process.

Production funding

Film London Microwave will be funding up to six features over three years with production budgets of £150,000. If successful, your team is provided with £100,000 funding directly from Film London and we support you in raising the additional finance, including cash and in-kind support.

Distribution funding

Ensuring we support you every step of the way, all completed projects have the opportunity to have access to up to £25,000 of funding to support distribution strategies.

Representing London’s diversity

Microwave aims to support bold and surprising cinema that will grow and excite audiences, and contribute positively to an increasingly diverse landscape for British filmWe want to champion diverse and dynamic emerging filmmaking talent, and enable you to make your first features within a fully integrated production environment.

With the aim that Film London Microwave reflects the capital’s population, it’s our ambition to long list at least 50% filmmakers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Film London Microwave is funded by the BFI and BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset logos

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Production Funding For First Features



Gone Too Far – Funded by the BFI Film Fund

The Film Fund now selects features from first-time directors (and which are budgeted under £2,000,000) at quarterly intervals.

Supporting new filmmakers is a priority for the Film Fund, and we receive a high volume of applications, so we have found it beneficial to look at these applications at the same time. We believe that a more structured approach allows us to provide successful applicants with the right level of editorial collaboration and support in raising finance. Applications are welcomed at any time but will be assessed after the relevant deadlines for submissions and according to a set process which will include meetings with film-makers.

Applications for First-time Directors should be made on the Film Fund online application form.
Please read this information to find out whether this strand of the Film Fund would be applicable to you.

Who are we looking for?
This Film Fund process is aimed for producers working with a director on their first feature. As with all applications, they must be made by the producer through a company registered in the UK or another state of the European Union or European Economic Area and registered as a branch in the UK.

You must be able to express in your application the reasons why you feel the director is ready to make their first feature film, and we would ask you to describe the experiences they bring with them.
We will assess your application alongside examples of the director’s work. This could be short films, music videos, pilots, or whatever is applicable to their previous experience and supports your reasons for applying to this strand of the Fund.

Your film must be feature length and intended for theatrical release.
We accept applications in any genre. Please note that funding for documentaries is treated differently, and you should read the separate documentary funding sheet for more information.
You will need to have a finance plan in place and if possible identify the financial partners that would be willing to invest in your feature, alongside the BFI.

Directors whose previous work include feature length films that have had a non-theatrical, non-UK or very limited UK theatrical release, or were made on a micro budget, are likely to be considered within the first feature strand.

We encourage applications from filmmakers embarking on their first low budget feature. However, if your film is being made for a budget of under £500,000 please refer first to the relevant micro-budget schemes that we co-fund through our partners Creative England and Film London:


See – Can I apply? – Section of the guidelines for other eligibility criteria.

The process:
After each deadline applications will be read and assessed by Film Fund executives.
A number of projects will be shortlisted over the course of the next 8 weeks.
Shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to meetings at the BFI to discuss their project further.
Decisions will be made based upon the filmmaker meetings, and Letters of Intent issued in accordance with the standard process for the Film Fund. We may make an announcement after issuing those Letters.

Please ensure you have read the full information document for our funding before you complete the application form, and take careful note of the changes in our funding elaborated on above.
BFI Film Fund application guidelines.

When to apply:
Applications can be made at any time but will not be assessed until the next deadline for applications has passed (this list will routinely be updated):

Key dates
Please note that applications will not be assessed until after the application deadline has passed.

Current round

Deadline for applications Closed
If shortlisted, filmmaker meetings w/c Monday 16 February
Decisions made, letters of intent issued w/c Monday 23 February

Spring deadline 2015

Please note that applications will not be assessed until after the application deadline has passed.

Deadline for applications Friday 6 March, 11.59pm
If shortlisted, filmmaker meetings w/c Monday 1 June
Decisions made, letters of intent issued w/c Monday 8 June

Summer deadline 2015

Deadline for applications Friday 12 June, 11.59pm
If shortlisted, filmmaker meetings w/c Monday 31 August
Decisions made, letters of intent issued w/c Monday 7 September

More info on the BFI site here:

London’s Film Africa Festival Calls for Submissions



Film Africa, the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating African cinema, has opened submissions for its fifth edition. The 2015 festival takes place October 10 to November 8 across London.

The fifth annual festival brings London audiences an eclectic program of films and special events including: director Q&As and talks; professional workshops and masterclasses; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

Film Africa accepts films of all lengths and genres, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles on any topic.

The festival also provides a platform for emerging talent through the Baobab Award for Best Short Film, which supports filmmakers living and working on the continent. Shortlisted films are judged by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals, are screened during the festival, and the winner is announced at the Film Africa Closing Gala on November 8.

The submission deadline is June 30. Find the submission form and details HERE.

Legacy Media Filmmaking Course 8 – 20th June: Apply!


Multi-award winning and acclaimed Actor, Director and Producer Tim Reid will once again present a 2-week intensive filmmakers workshop in partnership with the British Film Institute. Reid, best known for his roles in the television series Frank’s Place, Sister Sister, and more recently Tremé, will host the workshop from June 8th to the 20th, 2015, through his initiative, the Legacy Media Institute (LMI).

This LMI-BFI workshop, unparalleled amongst the black British filmmaking community, creates a unique exchange where participants collaborate with top Hollywood and UK industry professionals to refine their filmmaking skills. Led by Tim Reid, multi-award-winning actor, director and producer, who will host the workshop from June 8th to the 20th, 2015, this two-week intensive programme will result in the production of a short film that will be premièred as part of the BFI’s African Odysseys event on 20 June.

Course Fee: £150.00 (includes African Odysseys event on 20 June).

To apply applicants must submit a CV and online links of examples of their work to LMI at stating their suitability for the scheme.

Please see for information on how to apply.