creativity through collaboration

The greatest creativity comes through collaboration. We are always looking for collaborators that are as creative as the projects we build.

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At Creative England, we believe that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. That’s why we build programmes that create opportunities for original storytellers to hear the latest ideas and access the best support.

Our specialist programmes offer skills development, business support and investment opportunities to screen-based businesses and freelancers working in film, TV, games and digital platforms.

Working with regional, and national, companies and organisations Creative England connects its partners with creative networks across the regions to support industry growth.

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Creative England brings together leading brands with the region’s best creative voices to create content that represent the diverse talent in our regions. With the support of Sky Arts and ScreenSkills, shortFLIX offers 18 to 25s who are not in full-time employment the opportunity to become short filmmakers. In 2017, more than 300 people applied for shortFLIX, almost half were women and almost half were from black, asian or minority-ethnic backgrounds.

In partnership with Xbox, more than £1 million has been invested in independent games development companies since 2013 through the Greenshoots programme. Investment, marketing and discoverability are some of the biggest issues faced by independent game developers. Greenshoots offers repayable investments for projects which are focussed on helping developers to overcome these hurdles.

national partners

Creative England works with the nation’s key creative institutions to support the future of storytelling.

In partnership with BBC Films, BFI and ScreenSkills, the annual iFeatures lab offers emerging writers and directors from across the UK the opportunity to develop their debut feature film.

During the 10-month programme, up to 12 teams get access to funding, training and support to take their idea through to production.

Films developed through the programme, such as God’s Own Country, Adult Life Skills and Pin Cushion, have gone on to win multiple awards.

regional partners

Through regional collaborations, Creative England is supporting clusters of creative and entrepreneurial content makers.

We offer a platform for businesses and freelancers to increase their visibility and feel part of a community to help them grow. We connect them with politicians, local authorities and other stakeholders to kickstart collaborations, share experiences and celebrate success.

We work with Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the new Combined Authorities to provide creative sector insight, growth programmes and stand out events to support local industrial strategies.

Previous events have been held in Manchester, Leeds, Stoke, Bristol and Birmingham. Speakers have included the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Facebook VP Nicola Mendelsohn CBE and Peaky Blinders screenwriter Stephen Knight.