With details of events, workshops and more, here are the latest Creative England newsletters:
Last week, Michael Ellis announced that the Department for
Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is injecting more than £20
million into the UK’s thriving Creative Industries, helping inspire and
attract new talent, scale up existing businesses, boost skills and
Creative businesses in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and the West
of England are to benefit from a £4 million investment to help their
businesses grow and thrive.
Take a look at the Creative Industries Federation report,
which reveals what ‘growth’ means to over 1000 creative enterprises. This
encompasses their ambitions for growth, which obstacles stand in their
way, as well as the support they need in order to develop themselves
With Christmas around the corner, we’re celebrating in style at the
Royal Northern College of Music with the fabulous Creative England Crimbo
This event will connect Northern based crew, facility houses,
production companies, studios and broadcasters for some
Christmas-themed networking and an insightful panel discussion about
productions that the North West has hosted throughout 2018. This
event is fully funded by the ERDF and is free to attend, register here.
Do you want to get the best from your Production Team? Then take a
look at our upcoming
Hertfordshire ProConnect Workshop on 10th
Led by experienced Head of Production, Adelina Orfila, this workshop
will deliver key skills in understanding the different personality
types of your crew and will teach you how to guide, motivate and
manage them. This session is a great start for anyone aiming to lead
a team, offering both the soft skills and HR knowledge to do it more
efficiently and fairly. This workshop is fully funded by the ERDF and
is free to attend - register here.
We were delighted to hear of Northcoders’ success at the
recent Chamber Awards in London. Not only did they win the Education and Business
Partnerships award, but they also won the 2018 Business of the Year
Award! We supported this educational coding company back
in 2017 through our iAMDigital investment programme and are overjoyed
that their 250th student graduated over the weekend – it is
clearly a very popular course that helps a lot of young people achieve
their professional goals! Learn more about how this Manchester-based
company could help you here.
The fifth episode of our iFeatures podcast is now available!
This episode involves our filmmakers speaking to industry professionals
Robbie Ryan, Joanna Hogg, Jim Williams and Phil Canning about putting
their scripts into practice. Our budding feature filmmakers learn the
importance of Directing, Cinematography and Sound Design. Found out the
challenges they faced and the lessons they learned by listening to it here.
One of our
iFeatures films, Apostasy,
picked up two awards at the recent Screen Awards! It
was awarded Specialist
Film Campaign of the Year and Best British Film of the
Year. Find out more about the iFeatures programme and
the projects it is supporting here.
We were also
happy to announce that The
Big Day, supported through iWrite, won Best British Short Film at
the 2018 BIFAS.
Calling all PC Gamers! Nomad Games, one of our 2015 CE50 companies has a released new
deck-building card game Mystic
Vale on Steam’s early release system. The full game is
expected to be released in the first quarter of 2019. To download and
learn more about this exciting game for 1 to 4 players, involving druid
clans and curses, take a look here.
If you’re a creative company working in moving image for
storytelling, Creative England wants to help provide meaningful
connections and opportunities for your business to grow. Our Creative
Enterprise Mentoring and Consultancy support
programme is designed to provide one-to-one support in order to help move
your business forward.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Looking for an outlet for your short, feature or VR film? Submissions are
now open for the ninth edition of the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short
Film Festival! If you’re an emerging or established practitioner who
enjoys pushing the boundaries of filmmaking forward through inspirational
and innovative works, make sure to apply before 31st May 2019.
Last month we held Be More Bristol at the Arnolfini,
bringing together creative businesses and individuals to celebrate the
city's culture of originality, cross-sector collaboration and
The day saw a packed out audience descend on the iconic gallery to hear
from Bristol's creative leaders, rounding off the day with a networking
session over drinks, with two local creative companies exhibiting their
groundbreaking technology. Be More Bristol was all about celebrating
the city's fiercely independent creative spirit, and our presenters and
speakers did a fantastic job of inspiring the
audience! You can watch the sessions back on our website.
Ever wondered how an independent film gets made? We’re
following a group of 12 filmmakers as they take their feature films from
script to screen in our iFeatures podcast. The latest episode checks in
on the teams to see how they are progressing with their first draft, listen and subscribe here.
We are delighted to announce that Anna Griffin has been
selected to receive the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary. The £20,000 bursary
was created in memory of Simon Relph CBE, distinguished producer and
enthusiastic supporter of new filmmakers and new voices, to support a
regional producer and enable them to develop their slate of projects. Read more here.
nominations for this year's BIFA awards have been announced,
recognising a host of Creative England-backed projects.
iFeatures' Apostasy is nominated for six awards, including Best
Debut Director, Calibre is nominated for three, documentary Irene's
Ghost has been nominated for the Discovery Award, and Pommel and The
Big Day up for best short. The BIFA ceremony will take place on
Sunday 2nd December.
Tickets are on
sale for the TriForce Short Film Festival taking place in London on
1st December. The festival was established by the TriForce Creative
Network to showcase talent in contemporary film-making, helping
emerging film-makers to develop skills and access opportunities to
further their career. Find out more here.
congratulations to Luna Carmoon for her selection as one of this
year's Sundance Ignite Fellows! Luna's short Nosebleed was made
through the shortFLIX programme and premiered at
the BFI London Film Festival this year. Read more here.
Creative Enterprise joins Norwich
Film Festival this weekend to hold a networking evening at the John
Hurt Centre. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with
likeminded individuals and companies working in the moving image
sector at the short film festival, which has grown into a must-attend industry event since it
began 9 years ago.
Tech & Digital
Yesterday the annual EPIC conference took place in Cornwall,
with companies taking to the stage to share the projects they have been
able to develop through the programme. The day focused on building an
eHealth ecosystem in Cornwall, touching on different funding options
available to businesses in Cornwall's health tech sector. As part of the
day we held a matchmaking event, where people working within the
healthcare sector pitched their ideas to the creative developers in the
room, to create working partnerships to bring the ideas to life. It was a
brilliant day, and brought companies across Cornwall together to make
England-supported Carbon Digital won Small Digital Agency of the Year
at this year's MPA Inspiration Awards, in recognition of the truly
immersive Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality brand experiences the
agency creates for clients. Find out more about their work here.
England-supported Hollabox featured in Made in
Shoreditch last month, with founder Adam Beveridge sharing his
start-up story and advice on listening and communicating with your
customers. You can read the full interview here.
Semaeopus has received praise from former
Anonymous and LulzSec hackers for their portrayal of hackers in their
game Off Grid. This follows a successful Kickstarter campaign where the game
was 126% funded on the crowdfunding platform!
We are running
a board game workshop in Leeds at ODI Leeds on the 20th November as
part of our Gameslab Leeds programme. Attendees
will get the chance to learn how to get their game to print, info on
building an audience and analysis of research about board games. Register for your ticket here.
Market Trader is back! The popular programme brings
producers and junior executives together to give them the expertise and
insight to succeed at international markets, including supported
attendance at EFM/Berlinale 2019. This year's Market Trader is part of
the Creative Enterprise programme and
applications are now open. Find out more about the programme and how to apply here.
Be More Creative returns with Be More Bristol, an unmissable
celebration of the city’s world-class creativity. With industry-leading
speakers, including Bristol's Mayor Marvin Rees, Be More Bristol
will shine a light on the creative talent in the region and showcase
Bristol’s fiercely independent spirit. Find out more about the event on
Have you ever
participated in an accelerator or incubator programme? Nesta need you
to fill in their latest survey, which will guide policymakers looking
to improve the support available to new businesses. Respondents will
remain anonymous and will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100
Amazon voucher. Find out more here.
Norbury MBE attended at the Westminster Media Forum today, speaking
on the next steps for the creative industries Sector Deal, explaining
how Creative England's work helps
creative businesses and talent succeed and the benefit they bring to
the wider economy.
episode of our iFeatures podcast is now live! Go behind the
scenes of how films are made with our iFeatures podcast, which
follows our latest filmmakers through their development workshops.
New episodes are added every month, make sure to listen and subscribe.
Don’t miss out
on our Leadership workshop later this month. Learn how to maximise
productivity and give your business the competitive edge. Limited places available.
Join us at York Mediale for a free bespoke one to one session with
experts across Film, Games and Immersive content. Book your place now.
films created through the shortFLIX programme are continuing
to find success, with Nosebleed
screening at BFI London Film Festival, and Ladies Day at
Raindance, Encounters Short Film Festival and the Iris Prize. Losing It has
been selected to screen at Bolton Film Festival and Encounters Short
Film Festival. You can still see all five of the shorts on Sky Arts
audiences returned to the Hundred Acre Wood last month when Winnie
the Pooh returned to our screens in Christopher Robin - our latest locations blog takes a look at
which popular locations doubled for the famous woods.
On 2 Oct at
Rich Mix, Shooting People will be hosting their Short Cuts October
Event, joined by the award-winning actor, writer & director,
Alice Lowe, best known for her 2016 directorial debut Prevenge and
as the co-star and co-writer of Sightseers.
Book your free ticket here.
and Channel 4's 4Stories is open for applications, following the
success of last year's On the Edge. Learn more and how to apply here.
is offering a range of open courses at HOME Manchester. Whether you’re
leading a company, managing teams or taking the first steps in your
career, they can help you deliver your best performance.
Tech & Digital
Our investment fund is open for applications for new SMEs.
We are looking to invest in strong creative and digital businesses
looking to grow and scale - learn more about the fund and how to apply on our website.
company SpongeUK is continuing to go from
strength to strength with the announcement of a new office opening in
Bristol, the fifth base for the company in the UK and Ireland.
SpongeUK, whose clients include Coca-Cola, BMW, adidas and Tesco,
chose Bristol because of the city's reputation as a thriving digital
and creative hub.
company Landmrk, who have
revolutionised marketing experiences with their locations-based
platform, have launched a new campaign to promote Ariana Grande's new
album 'Sweetener'. The campaign will direct the superstar's fans to
hotspots in their closest city where they will need to decipher a
code to have a chance to win exclusive prizes
programme for businesses working in healthcare in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly, will be present at two events in Cornwall this
month. Join us at GrowthFest, bringing together the
movers and shakers of Cornwall's business community, and at Tech Connect, featuring exhibitions,
lightning talks and workshops. The EPIC programme has been funded by
Enlighten have supported World Suicide Day by updating their
"World's First" Augmented Reality poster campaign. The
posters are free for any business organisation to download, and act
as first phase support when triggered with the free-to-download
Zappar app. Find out more about the campaign and Enlighten's work here.
The new DLC Puzzle Pack is available now for Creative
England supported Q.U.B.E. 2! Discover the 10 new challenging puzzle
rooms in the brain-teasing game, available now on Steam.