Film Development and Production Fund

Support provided by Screen Scotland

What does this involve?

The Film Development and Production Fund offers development and production funding for feature-length films and documentaries, both live-action and animation, being made by filmmakers based in Scotland.

This fund can provide support at the following stages:

  • Single Project Development Funding: support towards the initial development costs of a single feature film or documentary project (awards usually in the range of £3,000 to £50,000)
  • Film Production Funding: support towards the production costs for a film or documentary project (awards likely to be made in the range of £100,000 to £500,000)

The support is aimed at projects with international appeal that have the potential to be distinctive, high-quality and commercially and/or creatively-driven, as well as projects that enable artists and filmmakers to take risks creatively.

Priority will be given to projects from writers, directors and producers based in Scotland, as well as projects where producers based outside Scotland are developing projects with writing and/or directing talent based in Scotland.

Please click here for further information and to download an application form.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are:

  • A producer based in Scotland, with a screenwriter attached who has had a previous feature film produced and released theatrically
  • A producer based outside Scotland, with a screenwriter/director based in Scotland. You must have a meaningful track record (see page 9 of the full guidance for more information)
  • An individual screenwriter (for development funding only) based in Scotland who has had a previous feature film produced and released theatrically/at recognised international festivals

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Feature film producers and screenwriters based in Scotland, or producers developing projects with writing and/or directing talent based in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Up to six weeks for Development applications, and up to 12 weeks for Production applications.

Important information

Creative Scotland cannot fully fund the production costs of any project, regardless of the budget. Applications without other market finance attached and seeking to be fully financed by Creative Scotland, or financed only with support from Creative Scotland and the UK Film Tax Credit, are not eligible.

Next steps

Visit the Screen Scotland website to read application guidelines and complete an application form.

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