NFM launches new development and market access funds

Posted: 18th December 2012

Those interested in Northern Film & Media's new ERDF-backed development and market access funds are being advised to prepare their applications, as the next cut-off point approaches on September 27th.

Up to £1.5k development funding is available for film, TV and digital media projects through NFM’s Film, Television and Digital Development Fund. Meanwhile, NFM’s Market Access Fund will award grants of up to £300 to assist creative SME’s in attending strategic international festivals, markets and events. Also available is upto 3k in company development funds aimed at piloting innovative new revenue streams.

Creative SME’s in the North East region (Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, County Durham) are eligible to apply. Applicants must provide a minimum of 25% cash and 25% in kind match.

“These funds will develop exciting North East projects and help bring them to international audiences at key markets and festivals,” said John Tulip, Northern Film & Media’s managing director.

“Development and market access continue to be important components of NFM’s wider offer of events, talent initiatives, business development and production services.”

One North East company to have benefited from NFM development funding is Tynemouth-based Lola Cove Films, the brainchild of writing and big wave surfing duo Lauren and Gabe Davies.

NFM provided development funding for Lola Cove’s first feature film, The Undertow. The Davies’ have subsequently secured development support from Creative England and the film has also attracted interest from several prospective backers.

“The development support we received from Northern Film & Media for our feature film project The Undertow was invaluable,” said Lauren Davies.

“It opened doors and gave our project the injection of momentum it required at a critical juncture to push it further into the development process towards production.”

Recent NFM initiatives include film development scheme Film4Ward, cross-media production programme The Digital Bridge and narrative artist film scheme The Artist’s Cut.

Events have included Space Invasion – a major digital arts initiative in partnership with Generator, the BBC and Arts Council England - and the Arts TV Forum – a joint initiative with strategic partners BALTIC and The Guardian’s Culture Professionals Network.

NFM will work with its strategic partners to launch several new regional and national events and talent development schemes in the New Year.

“Whether commercially-driven or publicly funded, NFM’s activities will continue to benefit the North East creative industries. The sector has an important role to play in rebalancing the region’s economy and we will work with a range of partners to build on past successes,” added Tulip.


Northern Film & Media is funded by the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13. The ERDF programme is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.


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