West Midlands Production fund

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Our West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) was set up with the support of ERDF to encourage and invest in the sustainable production of higher end feature films and TV drama in the region. 

WMPF operates as a legacy fund which reinvests recouped finance to support the West Midlands as a dynamic production hub by providing access to production finance for SME’s. 

West Midlands Production Fund will

WMPF will:

  • consider funding higher end feature film and TV drama productions, with investments usually between £100k-500k
  • invest debt or equity matched £ for £ by equivalent private and/or public risk finance
  • consider projects only at an advanced stage of secured financing with a director, lead producer and established industry partners attached
  • require projects to demonstrate clear potential for the fund to recoup its investment
  • prioritise projects attracting significant private investment and demonstrating clear commercial potential
  • require awarded projects to have an SME base and commit to production activity in the West Midlands region (Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall)
West Midlands Production Fund will not

WMPF will NOT:

  • fund project development, short film production or low-budget feature film production
  • fund projects which do not demonstrate clear potential to be successful and recoup our investment
  • fund projects without a matching risk financier
  • provide finance on less favourable terms than the risk finance being matched
How to apply

If you would like to apply to the fund, you must  consult the guidelines  in full before completing an Expression of Interest (EOI). 

Read the West Midlands Production Fund guidelines here

WMPF will:

  • consider funding higher end feature film and TV drama productions, with investments usually between £100k-500k
  • invest debt or equity matched £ for £ by equivalent private and/or public risk finance
  • consider projects only at an advanced stage of secured financing with a director, lead producer and established industry partners attached
  • require projects to demonstrate clear potential for the fund to recoup its investment
  • prioritise projects attracting significant private investment and demonstrating clear commercial potential
  • require awarded projects to have an SME base and commit to production activity in the West Midlands region (Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall)

WMPF will NOT:

  • fund project development, short film production or low-budget feature film production
  • fund projects which do not demonstrate clear potential to be successful and recoup our investment
  • fund projects without a matching risk financier
  • provide finance on less favourable terms than the risk finance being matched

If you would like to apply to the fund, you must  consult the guidelines  in full before completing an Expression of Interest (EOI). 

Read the West Midlands Production Fund guidelines here

Fund-backed releases

Through the fund we have backed a number of successful releases:

Small Axe is an anthology of five films for BBCOne/Amazon Prime from Sir Steve McQueen, two of which shot entirely in the region. Films from the series were in official selection in Cannes before broadcasting on the BBC and going on to win a Golden Globe, BAFTAs and numerous further awards.

The Colour Room, the Clarice Cliff biopic set and filmed entirely in Staffordshire, released theatrically in the UK and on Sky Cinema in 2021.

Benediction, the Siegfried Sassoon biopic from Terence Davies, premiered at Toronto and San Sebastian in 2021 and goes on theatrical release in 2022.

The Girl With All the Gifts premiered at Locarno and Toronto before its Warner UK release in 2016. The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut and won a BIFA for Breakthrough Producer amongst its four nominations.

Jawbone went on release in 2017 with a score composed by Paul Weller. The film was nominated for six BIFA awards in 2017 and the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut in 2018.

Line of Duty series 1 was the first installation of the multi-award-winning long-running BBC series.

Hustle series 6, 7 and 8 were the last three outings for this popular Emmy, BAFTA and RTS nominated BBC show.

Dancing on the Edge was the Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning BBC serial.

Further productions supported by the fund include Nativity 2The MarkerThe Call Up, Spooks: The Greater GoodOne Mile AwayToastFanny Lye Deliver’d and the forthcoming My Name Is Leon.

Through the fund we have backed a number of successful releases:

Small Axe is an anthology of five films for BBCOne/Amazon Prime from Sir Steve McQueen, two of which shot entirely in the region. Films from the series were in official selection in Cannes before broadcasting on the BBC and going on to win a Golden Globe, BAFTAs and numerous further awards.

The Colour Room, the Clarice Cliff biopic set and filmed entirely in Staffordshire, released theatrically in the UK and on Sky Cinema in 2021.

Benediction, the Siegfried Sassoon biopic from Terence Davies, premiered at Toronto and San Sebastian in 2021 and goes on theatrical release in 2022.

The Girl With All the Gifts premiered at Locarno and Toronto before its Warner UK release in 2016. The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut and won a BIFA for Breakthrough Producer amongst its four nominations.

Jawbone went on release in 2017 with a score composed by Paul Weller. The film was nominated for six BIFA awards in 2017 and the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut in 2018.

Line of Duty series 1 was the first installation of the multi-award-winning long-running BBC series.

Hustle series 6, 7 and 8 were the last three outings for this popular Emmy, BAFTA and RTS nominated BBC show.

Dancing on the Edge was the Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning BBC serial.

Further productions supported by the fund include Nativity 2The MarkerThe Call Up, Spooks: The Greater GoodOne Mile AwayToastFanny Lye Deliver’d and the forthcoming My Name Is Leon.