Creative Talent Development Fund

FSF logo 400pxWhat is the Creative Talent Development Fund?



This programme supports the BFI strategic priority of ‘supporting the future success of British film’ by supporting emerging talent and existing producerswriters and directors and giving them the skills they need to progress and build film careers.

Creative Skillset research, through consultation with industry, has identified the following common themes as areas for development:

a) Emerging Creative Talent

We will support tailored programmes which develop the skills of emerging new talent at recent graduate or shorts level to the feature film world, educating them on the realities of the industry and establishing and reinforcing industry connections. Areas of particular interest will be as follows:

  • Script development and script editing skills for writers and producers.
  • The business of filmmaking across the film value chain.

Proposals which provide bespoke career and skills analysis and which support and encourage participants to take responsibility for their own professional development will be prioritised, i.e. identifying skills gaps through interview, providing targeted support such as mentoring or shadowing, and tracking progress.

b) Film Professionals

We are seeking applications which focus on one or more of the following:


  • Scriptwriting and development
  • Commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of the industry


  • Developing creative entrepreneurs and film business diversification
  • Digital opportunities – development, innovation and IP exploitation
  • Identifying alternative sources of funding and recoupment planning
  • Understanding post production and digital delivery processes


  • Articulating vision
  • Working with actors
  • Commercial awareness

We are likely to support between four and eight projects through the total £300,000 fund (£100,000 for emerging creative talent and £200,000 for existing professionals).

Is my organisation eligible?

Please read the guidelines in full before applying:

Applications must be made by organisations (not individuals) that have experience of delivering successful industry-led training or can demonstrate how they will secure this expertise.

What are the application criteria?

  • Applications must be made by organisations (not individuals) that have experience of delivering successful industry-led training or can demonstrate how they will secure this expertise.
  • Training must address our funding aims as identified above.
  • Training must be developed within the context of the aims of the BFI Film Forever 2012-17 strategy.
  • Training must be delivered by 31 December 2015.
  • Training should not duplicate what is already available in the UK and must offer value for money.
  • Trainers and speakers must have a good track record in providing industry training.
  • Training must be available UK-wide (this can be facilitated by regional training and/or travel and accommodation bursaries via the project budget).
  • Training must target beneficiaries with at least several shorts that have an international profile or a micro-budget feature, or those with significant professional experience in a related sector such as theatre or TV.

Who cannot apply to this programme?

  • Individuals cannot apply for funding under this scheme. If you want support for your own training needs, you may be eligible to apply for funding to attend a training course. Find out more about Funding for film training.
  • Projects where outcomes are solely geared to the practices and business interests of a single organisation will not be funded

What other requirements are there?

Companies that apply for this funding must also meet specific requirements around diversity and the evaluation of the training programme. Please refer to the funding guidelines for full details. Creative Skillset recommends that all training providers are familiar with the Equality Act that was introduced in October 2010.

Partnership funding

We will not normally meet more than 70% of a project’s delivery and may invest less. We therefore expect you to find a minimum of 30% of the money you need from sources other than Creative Skillset, such as partnership funding.

A minimum of 25% of your partnership funding must be cash. For example, if your project costs £100,000 and you’re applying for a total of £70,000, the remaining £30,000 is your partnership funding. Of that £30,000, at least £7,500 must be cash.  As this is training for existing professionals we expect participants to contribute towards their training and some if not all your cash partnership funding will come from fees.

How to apply

All applications must be discussed with Rebecca Davies, Film Partnership Manager, on 020 7713 9869, before the application is made.

To apply, you must fill in an online application form and provide some supporting documents:

Should you wish to log out once you have started to fill in your form, you will be asked to create an account by providing your name and email address. This means you won’t need to complete your application in one session – you can save and come back to it when you are ready.

Once you have completed the online form you will be asked to attach the following documents:

The following should be attached as Microsoft Word documents:

  • Detailed course outline and schedule
  • Trainer/tutor CVs

If your application passes initial assessment you will also be asked to provide company financial information – see the Organisation Guidelines for details.

If you have submitted an application to Creative Skillset in the last 12 months please contact a member of the Fund Team at the details below, as we may not require further financial information.

For more information on the application process or issues downloading forms please contact:

Faruk Barabhuiya
Fund Co-ordinator
t: 020 7713 9862

Holly Mackavoy
Fund Co-ordinator
t: 020 7713 9877

What are the key dates for this funding programme?

  • Deadline for applications: Noon, Thursday 3 July 2014
  • Awards announcements: w/c Monday 1 September 2014

When you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not hear from us within one week of sending in your application please contact us immediately.

Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for applications that are either late or incomplete, and regret that these will be rejected.

Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, as part of its film skills strategy, is funded by the BFI with funds from the National Lottery, and through the Skills Investment Fund which comprises industry and government co-investment.