Funding to assist in the the development of a slate of live-action and animated feature films, feature documentaries, animated and live action drama television series by Scottish-based filmmakers.
Awards are likely to be in the range of £50,000 - £150,000.
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 Slate Development funding route aims to to support filmmakers based in Scotland to develop a range of films across all genres that reflect Scotland’s culture, creativity and diversity. Funding will be provided for the development of a slate of live-action and animated feature films, feature documentaries, animated and live action drama television series.
The funding of slates of projects from Scottish-based production companies of significant scale that can deliver high-quality productions and have the vision and skills to increase the capacity and output of their businesses will be prioritised.
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 should be experienced producers based in Scotland who can provide examples of the delivery of high-quality feature film, feature documentary or animated or live-action drama television series. Priority will be given to applicants that can provide evidence of significant market interest in projects by way of committed co-funding and/or expressions of interest from other private or public funders or sales and distribution companies, as well as to applicants who have experienced Scottish talent attached to the project, including a diversity of writing and 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 at early and late stages of development can be supported. Projects seeking late stage development should demonstrate significant co-funding and significant interest or confirmed production funding with a clear route to market. All projects intended to be developed with slate funding must be identified at the point of application. Successful applicants will be able to move projects on and off the slate and re-allocate funding to each project on the slate, subject to the approval of Creative Scotland, during the funding period.
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.
Applicants are expected to make some contribution towards project costs.
Funding will be used to cover the costs of producing high quality films.
The last deadline for this scheme was 23 May 2016. Information regarding future rounds will be given once available.
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.