iFeatures is a premier UK filmmaking programme driving the development of low-budget, high-quality debut features from the most outstanding, daring and distinctive storytellers. The programme is run by Creative England and supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, BBC Films and the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.
iFeatures is targeted at emerging writers, directors and writer/directors from across the UK who have yet to make a funded feature film, and at producers who are still at an emerging stage of their career. We look for creative talent whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention in fields from short films, theatre, TV and documentaries, to online storytelling, art film and video, video gaming, commercials/advertising, graphic novels and music promos.
In addition to receiving development funding, up to 12 selected teams take part in an intensive, exploratory 10-month programme which includes residential Lab events, dedicated support and access to industry and networks, as well as mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. Following the programme, BFI and BBC Films have committed to ensuring that at least three of the projects progress to production.
iFeatures is driven by the principle that low-budget, ambitious, well-told stories can break out to achieve critical, audience and even commercial success. Multi-award winning and acclaimed films developed through the lab have included iFeatures productions Apostasy, Lady Macbeth, The Levelling, and The Goob, as well as further films such as God’s Own Country, Adult Life Skills and Pin Cushion.
iFeatures has a track record of championing powerful voices and original stories with a strong sense of place by supporting and representing UK-wide talent and stories. Previous feature films have shone a new light on 19th century Northumberland, rural Norfolk, farming in Somerset and Jehovah’s Witnesses in the North West, while films coming soon include the first British film made in British Sign Language and female-driven stories set in the unseen margins of Brighton and an off-season Cornish holiday park.
Before completing an application form for iFeatures 2019, please read the following:
To find out more about last year’s programme, listen to the iFeatures podcast. You can also see other iFeatures funding opportunities for feature film development and production here. If you are an emerging producer not applying to this year's iFeatures but interested in being considered for future selected iFeatures projects, contact the iFeatures team here.
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