Funding for training grants of up to £5,000 for experienced producers, writers and directors and mid-level to senior executives working in the film business to attend intensive and high-level developmental programmes in the UK or overseas.
The total fund is worth £35,000.
The amount that can be applied for will depend upon whether or not the applicant is freelance or employed.
This may be up to a maximum of £800, inclusive of VAT.
This may be up to a maximum of £500, although it is usually expected that the employer will make an additional contribution to the training costs.
Funding will be paid into the successful applicant's bank account in two stages:
- Stage One: 50% of funding will be paid upon receipt of the signed offer letter.
- Stage Two: 50% of funding will be paid upon receipt of the online survey and confirmation from the training provider that the training has been completed.
Creative Skillsets Film Skills Fund is funded by the British Film Institute (BFI) with National Lottery funds and through the Skills Investment Funds, which comprise industry and Government co-investment.
International Scholarships are funding for training grants of up to £5,000 for experienced producers, writers and directors and mid-level to senior executives working in the film business (sales, distribution and exhibition) to attend intensive and high-level developmental programmes in the UK or overseas, which target international participation and encourage international collaboration.
Applicants cannot apply if they:
- are in full-time education;
- do not have a permanent UK address;
- cannot demonstrate clear professional experience working in the film industry that shows you are regularly working;
- are applying on behalf of an organisation; or
- are receiving another form of Creative Skillset funding to attend the programme.
An International Scholarship will not support the following:
- Training that does not meet the criteria set out in the guidelines.
- Full-time graduate, postgraduate, degree or diploma courses.
- Training that is already supported by either the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund or the Creative Skillset TV Skills Fund. Creative Skillset subsidises the cost of training in two ways: funding to a training organisation to run a specific programme or course and direct funding to individuals. If Creative Skillset has already supported a course by giving finance to a training provider, it is not able to give funding for training to individuals to attend these courses as this would amount to double-funding.
- Training that is due to start earlier than one day after the date the application is received by Creative Skillset.
- Training not arranged through a recognised industry training provider or assessment centre.
- Attendance at networking, festivals or social events, without relevant training or educational content.
- Film or video production or exhibition projects.
- The purchase of equipment.
- Travel, accommodation and childcare costs only.
Applicants are eligible to apply if they are an experienced producer, writer or director from the UK, who can demonstrate proven high-level professional experience in film or documentary or if they are mid-level or senior film business professional working in sales, distribution or exhibition.
Applicants will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- Experience within the film industry.
- The applicant's commitment to their chosen career.
- The potential to succeed within the film industry.
- Career aims.
- Evidence of the skills need.
- Previous training that the applicant may have undertaken.
- Demonstration that the training will positively impact upon the applicant's career.
- The quality of the training that the applicant is applying to attend, including relevance to current working practices.
- Whether or not the training would meet the skills required as identified within the application.
Freelancers may apply for up to 80% of the combined fees, travel and accommodation costs of training.
Those who are employed may apply for up to 50% of combined fees, travel and accommodation costs of training.
Training, childcare, travel and accommodation costs.
This scheme is now closed. The last deadline for applications was 31 January 2017. Information regarding future rounds will be given once available.
This is a year-long funding programme with a rolling deadline. The official deadline is 31 January 2017 however, there is a high demand for the grants and funding is limited; once the total fund has been awarded, the programme will close for this financial year which may be before this date.
Applications are made using the online application form.