Production Fund

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Creative England films backed by the Lottery Production Fund since 2013 have gone on to win BAFTA, BIFA and EFA awards and an Academy nomination amongst their numerous worldwide festival and industry prizes. World premieres for supported films have included Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Tribeca, SXSW, San Sebastian, London Film Festival and more.

White Riot premiered at LFF and won the Grierson Documentary Award before its international premiere at Berlin, where it won a Jury prize in the Generations strand. The film went on successful international theatrical release in 2020 before earning a BIFA nomination. White Riot was supported in development via our Emerging fund, alongside funding to take part in the Guiding Lights initiative.

Calibre  premiered at Edinburgh in 2018, where it won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film on the day it released worldwide as a Netflix Original. The film quickly became a top ten trending Netflix film and went on to win the Scottish BAFTA for Best Film Actor amongst its five nominations. Calibre was supported through our regional development funding.

God’s Own Country  premiered  at Sundance, winning the World Dramatic Competition. Since then it has won numerous awards at Berlin, Edinburgh, Dinard, Chicago, Galway, Stockholm and more. At the 2017 BIFAs it took four awards from its eleven nominations, including Best British Independent Film, and was subsequently BAFTA nominated. Following international release in 2017, it became the most successful independent debut feature in UK cinemas. God’s Own Country was developed through our iFeatures programme.

45 Years  won both Actor and Actress Silver Bears at its Berlin premiere before taking further awards at the European Film Awards, Edinburgh, Dinard, Evening Standard, Boston Society of Film Critics, London Film Critics Circle, Indiewire Critics Poll, and Valadolid. The film received nominations for the Academy, BAFTA and BIFA awards and grossed over $14m theatrically around the world.

Notes on Blindness  premiered at Sundance and won Best Documentary amongst its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, as well as awards at Sheffield DocFest, Tribeca, San Francisco. It was nominated for Best British Film and Outstanding Debut at the 2017 BAFTAs, and went on UK release in 2016 with a ground-breaking VR tour. Notes on Blindness was supported through our regional development funding.

Adult Life Skills  won the Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca, Best Debut Screenwriter and Best Supporting Actor from its six nominations at the 2016 BIFAs, Accession Award at the East End Film Festival, and a Writers Guild award for screenwriting. Adult Life Skills was developed through iFeatures and the Emerging Fund, including its BAFTA and BIFA nominated pilot short Emotional Fusebox.

Old Boys was nominated for the EFA Youth Award and has won jury prizes and audience awards at Dinard, Sarajevo and Univercine.

Irene’s Ghost was nominated for the BIFA Discovery Award after its premiere at LFF and won awards at Aesthetica, Filmstock and RTS.

Kingdom of Us  premiered at London Film Festival 2017, where it won the Grierson documentary award, before its release as a Netflix Original film. It subsequently received nominations at both the BIFAs and the BAFTAs. Kingdom of Us was supported in development through our Emerging fund.

Orion  won the BIFA Discovery Award in 2016, the Grand Jury Music Film Prize at Nashville and was released in the US by Sundance Selects. It was supported with our regional development funding.

The Lovers and the Despot  was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary at Sundance and Best Documentary at Edinburgh and Stockholm. It was supported with our regional development funding.

Burn Burn Burn  won the Grand Jury Prize at Odessa and Discovery Award at LOCO and was nominated for a BIFA in 2015.

Light Years  was nominated for awards at Venice, LFF and Munich. It was supported by our regional development funding.

The Confession  premiered at Sheffield DocFest and was nominated for a BIFA for Best Documentary in 2016.

Paa Joe and the Lion premiered at SXSW and Sheffield DocFest and was supported with our regional development funding.

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson  won the Film Design Award at SXSW and a FOCAL Award.

Hustlers Convention  premiered at DocNYC and Sheffield DocFest.

Sounds for the Future premiered at LFF.

B&B won awards at Accolade, Global Independent Film Awards and Horrible Imaginings.

Forthcoming work currently in production: Dawn of the Dark Fox.

Film Industry Funding

In addition to the Production Funding options  offered by Creative England, sources of feature film finance available to filmmakers and production studios based within England include:

BBC Films

BFI Film Fund

Creative Scotland

Doc Society


Ffilm Cymru (Wales)

Northern Ireland Screen


UK Tax Relief

Yorkshire Content Fund