U.K Low Budget Movie Plan Opens Doors to U.S. Applicants

Sophmore year for iFeatures also sees production backing rolled out across England after starting in South West Region.

LONDON – U.K. low budget filmmaking plan iFeatures is boosting its available budget per film by £50,000 ($78,100) and this year comes with a slot for the finished film on the BBC.

Organized by Creative England and backed by the British Film Institute’s film fund, pubcaster the BBC and training organization Skillset, the low-budget production project will also be made available nationwide and will not be restricted to U.K filmmakers.

iFeatures began life in Bristol but start-up national agency Creative England has taken up the reins for its’ sophmore year, pushing it out across England.

The BBC is pre-buying TV rights to the projects completed by iFeatures, made for budgets up to £350,000 ($555,000) which is open to writer, director and producer teams who can “already demonstrate a strong body of work”.

And it is not just open to first and second time film-makers, as is the case with Film London’s Microwave scheme.

An initial 16 projects will be selected by a panel, with the chosen teams going forward to take part in a development program, complete with £2,500 ($4,000) of development funding for each project as well as mentoring and workshops.

From the initial 16, eight projects will then be selected, given £12,500 ($19,800) development funding before a trio of projects will be greenlit in December 2012 for production next year.

The freshman year of iFeatures, out of regional screen agency South West Screen, produced three projects The Dark Half, 8 Minutes Idle, starring Ophelia Lovibond and Tom Hughes and Flying Blind starring Helen McCrory.

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