Information about some of the key organisations responsible for film funding

  • Ramallah Stories:The Street Artist - part of the Stories series from the SDI

Ramallah Stories:The Street Artist - part of the Stories series from the SDI

British Film Institute (BFI)

As the lead organisation for film in the UK, the BFI is now responsible for distributing lottery funds for film via a Film Fund for emerging and established filmmakers, and via support too distribution and exhibition projects

Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
Established over 80 years ago the CTBF has been providing valuable practical and financial assistance to people working in the film and TV industries. They raise their funds through donations, charity events and memberships.

Collabor8te aims to build filmmaking teams by giving opportunities to new talent while encouraging them to learn from more experienced professionals. This might include new writers learning from seasoned directors, or fresh acting talent captured by renowned directors of photography. In doing so Collabor8te hope to nurture homegrown talent and help them to establish themselves internationally.

Creative England
Creative England is a new organisation designed to support the sustainable growth of independent creative businesses, and the talent that feeds them, in every part of England outside London.  Creative England offers a range of funding opportunitties across Business Investment and Talent Development including the landmark iFeatures programme.

Creative Europe
Creative Europe is the European Union's programme to support the audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors from 2014-2020. Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme supports film, television and new media, and offers funding, training and networking opportunities for producers, video game developers, distributors, sales agents, audiovisual training providers, organisers of festivals, markets and networks, film education specialists and cinema exhibitors. One of the main objectives of the programme is to increase the competitiveness of European audiovisual sector by creating opportunities to work internationally and to reach out to new audiences.

IdeasTap is a charitable organisation established to help young, creative people at the start of their careers. The organisation offers a variety of free resources for young people including showcasing opportunities, workshops, funding, mentoring and advice. It supports young people working across all creative disciplines, including theatre, film, photography and visual art, illustration, design, dance, performance art, poetry and creative writing. IdeasTap works with other arts organisations to create opportunities for young people across these fields. IdeasTap also manages an online arts magazine, IdeasMag, which offers advice through interviews and features.

A feature development and production programme supported by Creative England which supports the development of 16 projects and the production of three films on budgets of £350,000. Based originally in Bristol, the initiative which began life in 2009 is now widening its net to a search for stories that reflect England for iFeatures2.

Founded in 2008, Indiegogo is the leading global platform for crowdfunding, empowering anyone, anywhere, to raise money for anything. Millions of dollars each month are raised on Indiegogo and almost every country in the world has been represented. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, California. As of 2012, it has hosted over 100,000 funding campaigns in areas such as music, charity, small business and film.

Kickstarter is a crowd funding website for creative projects. Kickstarter has funded a diverse array of endeavors, ranging from indie films, music and comics to journalism, video games, and food-related projects.

An initiative of Film London and the BBC, Microwave challenges filmmakers to shoot a feature film for no more than £100,000 with cash and in-kind support. It is open to film-makers working in documentary, fiction, animation and to artists working with the moving image, and has resulted in some extraordinarily well received films from Shifty to Ill Manors.

Sponsume is an online crowd funding platform founded by Gregory Vincent in 2010. Its headquarters are in London. Creative individuals and organisations use Sponsume to raise awareness and funds for their projects. The site uses the power of social networks and the wisdom of crowds to help fund a variety of projects ranging from indie films to documentaries, music, theatre, photography, green and social enterprise.

Scottish Doc Institute
SDI is an internationally recognised documentary research centre at Edinburgh College of Art specialised in documentary training, production and distribution. Its aim is to stimulate and inspire the documentary scene in Scotland and beyond through focus on creative excellence and clear international outlook. They also aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry. In 2007 SDI Productions Ltd was launched, in order to develop a slate of feature documentaries with some of SDI’s Bridging the Gap alumni, and enable ambitious co-productions such as “The New Ten Commandments”, “Future My Love” (forthcoming) and “Breathing” (in post-production).

Wellcome Trust
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.