Organisations helpful to filmmakers creating Experimental films

Established in the early 1990s Artangel commissions and produces new works from contemporary artists using a different types of media. The organisation has commissioned films such as The Arbor by Clio Barnard and Exodus by Penny Woolcock.

Artsadmin discovers new artists and creates opportunities to support artists at different stages of their careers. Artsadmin has a development bursary scheme to enable artists to develop themselves and their work over one year.

Arts Council England
The 'Grants for the Arts' programme is for activities carried out over a set period which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. The Arts Council only supports artists' moving image work including "animation projects which are experimental in form or content, or technologically innovative". 'Grants for the Arts' is funded by the National Lottery. For further information on opportunities provided by other major arts organisations to artists using the moving image for their work please use the following links:

Film and Video Umbrella
Film and Video Umbrella commissions, curates, produces and presents film, video and other moving-image works by artists that are staged in collaboration with galleries and other cultural partners across the UK.

FLAMIN (Film London Artists Moving Image Network)
FLAMIN supports London-based artists using the moving image in their work. The Network in partnership with other organisations helps artists engage with wide range of resources and opportunities including the funding the creation of new works, mentoring, events, residencies, workshops amongst many other activities.

London Film Festival
The festival programmes new short and feature length experimental films through its “Experimenta” section. The section also includes talks and workshops about experimental films.

Based in Leeds, Lumen’s aim is to nurture work by artists experimenting with elements of still & moving images, av performance and related sound. The organization commissions new work and offers residencies, and exhibits work from established and emerging artists. Lumen also runs the Evolotion Film Festival which programmes contemporary experimental video, film and sound media art from international artists.

Lux is an international arts agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image. It represents a significant collection of artists’ film and video and is the largest distributor of such work in Europe. The organisation was founded in 2002 and continues the work of The London Filmmakers Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre.  Lux provides access to artist moving image work and develops new audiences for it. It also provides professional development support for artists working with the moving image. Lux also has a web based resource which provides in depth information on historical and contemporary British artists film and video: www.luxonline.org.uk

Established in 1996 onedotzero is a London-based moving image and digital arts organisation which commissions, showcases and promotes innovation across all aspects of moving image, digital and interactive arts. The organisation distributes innovative work on DVD and runs the onedotzero_adventures in motion festival which after the five day festival in London tours the world.

PoetryFilm is a research art project and screening series founded in 2002 by Zata Banks, to celebrate experimental text/image/sound artworks and performance material, and to explore semiotics and meaning-making within the art form. Since 2002, 90 events have been produced and curated, both in the UK and overseas. The PoetryFilm Archive contains over 1,000 films, and a special 100th PoetryFilm screening will take place in 2016.