Funding to assist in the production and exploitation of film and television projects in Scotland that are at an advance stage of readiness and have a significant level of co-investment already secured.
Awards are likely to be in the range of £50,000 - £500,000.
A contribution towards Creative Scotland’s legal costs must be budgeted for films with budgets over £1million. For films with budgets between £1million - £1.5million applicants will be required to contribute £5,000 and for budgets above £1.5million will be required to contribute £7,500.
Creative Scotland Production Funding is an equity investment in the project and is recoupable behind debt and mezzanine funding. Creative Scotland operates a locked box scheme under which they will pay 25% of all Creative Scotland’s recouped funding, rising to 50% once Creative Scotland has recouped 50% of its funding, (the ‘Producer’s Supplemental Corridor’).
This money will be ring-fenced at Creative Scotland in a locked box and successful applicants will be available to draw it down and spend it as if it was their own funding (i.e. they will not have to repay it).
There are some conditions that apply to funds in the locked box:
- It must be spent on the development or production of the applicant's next project or on staff training.
- Applicants must apply to draw down funds within five years of payment into the locked box.
- If a producer locked box has £20,000 in it then Creative Scotland will not accept any further applications for development funding until the locked box has been used.
- Funds can only be drawn down from a locked box in instalments of £5,000 or above.
Further information is available by contacting Creative Scotland.
The Film Funding funding programme is provided by Creative Scotland and aims to provide funding for projects from emerging and established screen talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland's creativity to the world.
The Production funding route aims to fund the production and exploitation of film and television projects that are at an advanced stage of readiness and have a significant level of co-investment already secured.
The aim of thie funding is to support the production of distinctive and high-quality film projects that promote Scotland’s culture, creativity and diversity and that have the potential to engage and entertain audiences in Scotland, the UK and internationally. The production of live-action and animated feature films and feature documentaries intended for theatrical distribution will be funded, as well as the production of animated and live-action drama television series.
Applicants can apply to this route if they have a strong and demonstrable track record of developing film and television projects that have converted to production and have been distributed internationally.
Applicants should contact Creative Scotland to discuss any exclusions that may apply.
Applicants should be a limited company with a substantive base in Scotland and be able to meet the application criteria. Applicants must be a producer based in Scotland or be a producer working with Scottish-based writing and/or directing talent.
The track record of the applicant along with the creative quality of an idea and a project's potential to engage with and entertain audiences in Scotland and beyond, will be the key criteria by which investment decisions will be made.
Key criteria for projects seeking support:
- Provides significant opportunities for the creative and professional development of established and emerging writing, directing and producing talent based in Scotland.
- Promotes Scottish culture and creativity by reaching a national and international audience.
- Leverages significant co-investment.
- Provides opportunities for the professional development of technical and craft talent.
- Demonstrates the ability to be creatively and commercially successful.
Projects will only be supported through this route that are exceptional in their creative ambition and cannot be supported by Flexible Multi-Project Development or through a supported development programme; this may be because of the scale and nature of the project or the make up of the creative team.
Projects must have a director attached and have a fully developed financing package in place, including a fully developed screenplay and casting plan.
As funds are limited and competition for funding is high, projects that will increase the opportunity to promote Scotland's creativity internationally and that will return the maximum possible value to Scottish companies will be prioritised.
Contact the provider for details of match funding requirements.
Costs associated with eligible projects.
Applications may be made at any time.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, however, applications should be made no later than 12 weeks before pre-production is intended to begin.
Frequency: Ongoing programme.
Link to guidelines:
Applicants will be asked to supply details of their project or activity and provide a written statement covering the following points:
- Project detail.
- Project's creative potential.
- Viability in the current market for film and television.
- Potential benefits/outcomes for Scotland, both culturally and economically.
- What they hope to achieve with their project.
- How they intend to realise the screenplay, film, series or programmes in terms of securing co-investors, production finance, sales and/or distribution.
- Demonstrate that they have a strong track record in the area within which their project sits or demonstrate that they have in depth and up to date market knowledge of the sector involved
Applicants may wish to include links to information about individuals involved in the project.
New applicant organisations must submit a copy of their constitutional documents, equal opportunities policy and bank account details at the time of application.
The application form is available to download from the website.