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Getting Your Production Funded in the West Midlands

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Do you have a feature film or Hi-end TV drama series, serial or single drama that you are looking to make in the West Midlands? You could be eligible for funding from the West Midlands Production Fund. You could also benefit from EIS/SEIS schemes.

This two-part workshop, delivered by Paul Aston, Head of Film, Creative England and an EIS/SEIS expert will explain in detail:

1 - 3pm: how the WMPF fund works, at what stage applications should be made and what they are looking for in terms of the regional test and commercial returns.

3 - 5pm: how the EIS/SEIS scheme works, how it can benefit your company and how they are set up.

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About the West Midlands Production Fund supports the development of the West Midlands as a dynamic, sustainable film and TV drama hub by providing access to finance for start-up SME’s who are active in moving image content production. The fund generally invests between £100,000 - £500,000 in any one project – this can be a mix of both debt and equity. 

Previous investments have included Jawbone, The Marker, The Girl with All the Gifts, Spooks: The Greater Good, The Call Up, Nativity 2, One Mile Away, Toast, Hustle, Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge amongst others. The Fund is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 – 2013. 

The fund can support the production of

  • Feature films of all genres including documentaries and animation;

  • High-end TV drama series, serials and single dramas

It cannot support the cost of development or the production of shorts films, other television programmes or games.

At the time of application your project will need to have a director and producer formally attached, be ready for packaging and have a budget, financing plan and sales/distribution strategy in place.

Your company must also own or have under option the relevant rights in the project.

Your project must be capable of scoring 11 points or more in the Regional Test in order to be considered eligible. All projects should be able to evidence a clear commercial/business strategy and a realistic expectation of a return on our investment. 

Any investment by the Fund – either as debt or equity - must be matched £ for £ by an equivalent amount of private and/or public sector risk finance.

This is a rolling fund so there is no current deadline for applications.

Further details on the fund can be found here

About Paul Ashton

At Creative England Paul has backed filmmakers through our Emerging and Production funds, BFI NETWORK programmes iShorts and iWrite, and Sky partnership shortflix. He was Executive Producer on Rachel Tunnard’s BIFA and Tribeca winning Adult Life Skills, Matt Palmer’s Michael Powell Award winning Netflix Original thriller Calibre, Justin Edgar’s brummie noir The Marker, Toby Macdonald’s comic-romance Old Boys, and the shortflix films which transmitted on Sky Arts in 2018. He has been Exec on numerous shorts including BAFTA/BIFA nominated Emotional Fusebox, Real Gods Require Blood which premiered at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Ernestine and Kit which was IFTA nominated and premiered at SXSW, and multi-award-winning festival favourites A six & two threes, A Father’s Day, The Pig Child and many more. He is Executive Producer on forthcoming Creative England features which include Irene’s Ghost, The Hippies, White Riot, Snodgrass and Dawn of the Dark Fox. Further films which have converted from his Emerging development slate include Westwood (Sundance premiere, released 2018), England is Mine (Edinburgh closing gala film, released 2017), and The Ritual (Toronto premiere, BIFA winning, released 2017) and forthcoming films Days of the Bagnold Summer, How to Sell a War, The Drifters and more. Paul now oversees the wider Film team work, which includes: the iFeatures programme with three new films in the pipeline – Make Up, Perfect Ten and The Retreat – following on from the recent success of Lady Macbeth, The Levelling and Apostasy; and the West Midlands Production Fund, which recently backed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated The Girl With All the Gifts, and BIFA and BAFTA nominated Jawbone.

Paul was previously Development Producer at the BBC, where his credits included OSCAR and BAFTA nominated shorts Wish 143 and Turning, and BAFTA-nominated feature Shifty. His work with talent at BBC writersroom has seen BAFTA, RTS, SONY, PRIX ITALIA, IMISON and TINNISWOOD award-winning drama and comedy produced across television and radio - from Mike Bartlett’s first drama on BBC radio, to Wolfblood on CBBC, to The Last Hours of Laura K online. Paul began his career in new writing theatre and his book The Calling Card Script: A Writer’s Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio is published by Bloomsbury.

Later Event: 10 April
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