Organisations and companies useful to filmmakers creating fiction Feature Films
The British Guide To Showing Off - a Microwave film
The BBC is a public service broadcaster and is funded by the UK TV Licence fee. It has a feature filmmaking arm, BBC Films which aims to make strong British movies with range and ambition and is committed to finding and developing new talent. BBC Writersroom champions new writing in film, TV, radio and theatre, seeing itself as responsive, proactive and an open door to writers, always looking at new ways to find and champion talent for all BBC platforms. The BBC also provides a platform for streaming short films through BBC Film Network .
British Film Institute
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. Founded in 1933, it is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. In 2011 it was given additional responsibilities, becoming a distributor of Lottery funds for film, widening its strategic focus. The BFI now combines a cultural, creative and industrial role. The role brings together activities including the BFI National Archive and distribution, its cultural programmes, publishing and festivals with Lottery investment for film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.
Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster with a separate but linked organisation, Film 4 Productions, as its feature filmmaking arm. As well as supporting existing British talent the organisation offers many opportunities for emerging talent through short film production schemes and other initiatives including Coming Up, Cinema Extreme, 4Talent. Short films made through their schemes can be viewed through the Film4 site.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Established in 1947, EIFF is one of the world’s longest running film festivals. The festival showcases films from around the world and especially focuses on new works from emerging British filmmakers. The festival also runs a wide range of training workshops, labs, industry talks, conferences and networking events.
Encounters Bristol International Film Festival
Encounters is one of the longest running competitive short film festivals in the UK. It showcases over 280 international short films and offers various opportunities for emerging talent. Prizes include the Grand Prix, British Award, European New Talent in Short Film Award and many others.
Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s most prestigious mentoring scheme. The programme supports upcoming filmmakers through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities. The scheme is open to writers, directors and producers who are already active in the industry and developing a career in features.
Having begun life in 2009 as an initiative focused on Bristol, iFeatures2 is an enhanced initiative, now supporting the development of 16 projects and the production of 3 films on budgets of £350,000. iFeatures2 is widening the net to a search for stories that reflect England - its scope is now broader but still looks for films that can capture a sense of place, and even time.
London Film Festival
The London Film Festival is run by the British Film Institutealongside the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. LFF programmes new films from across the globe and has programmes for French, European and World cinemas. The festival has special programmes for short films, experimental films and old titles from the archives. The festival also runs an industry programme which includes conferences, the new talent lab “Think Shoot and Distribute”, talks and networking events.
Microwave is a Film London’s training and funding initiative for low budget filmmaking. The Microwave website also provides useful guides on managing finance, marketing and legal matters.
The Wellcome Trust is a charitable foundation whose aim is to improve the health of humans and animals. For many years the Trust has been encouraging the collaboration between scientists and artists to help generate understanding and debate around key issues affecting science and society. This is achieved through a variety of awards and initiatives open to all art forms.