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International Scholarships funding: are you eligible?

Creative Skillset International Scholarships funding provides grants of up to £5,000 for experienced producers, writers and directors working in the UK film industry to attend intensive and high-level developmental programmes - in the UK or overseas - which target international participation and encourage cross-country collaboration.

The deadline for this funding is 31 March 2014.

Examples of programmes and institutions that focus on international participation include :

  • EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs)
  • ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen)
  • Media Business School
  • Erich Pommer Institute
  • Peacefulfish
  • EP2C European Post-Production Connection
  • Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP)
  • Sundance Labs
  • Binger Labs
  • Torino Film Lab

This list is not exhaustive. Please note that if the programme is already core funded by Creative Skillset, then you are unable to apply for an International Scholarship to attend, as the training is already subsidised by our funding.

The amount you can apply for to attend your training course depends on whether or not you are a freelancer, a small business owner, or employed.

You'll get:

  • 80% of course costs (up to a maximum of £5,000) if you are a freelancer or small business owner
  • 50% of course costs (up to a maximum of £3,500) if you are in permanent employment.

It is vital that you read the eligibility guidelines before applying. Your application will not be successful if you do not demonstrate that you meet all the eligibility criteria.

The full guidelines can be found here, including what you can apply for, the amount you can get, how to submit your application and how we define 'freelancer' and 'employee':

Adobe Acrobat DocumentInternational scholarships film fund guidelines

Below is an overview of the main eligibility criteria, so that you can quickly check whether you have the necessary experience before downloading the guidelines to read further.

Are you eligible?

You can apply for international scholarship funding if you meet the following criteria:

  • You can demonstrate proven high-level and professional experience working regularly in within the film and documentary industry for at least three years, as either a freelancer or an employee. Work undertaken at film school, on training courses or in education will not be considered professional experience. Applicants should have at least three credits on films or documentaries which have been distributed;
  • You have serious industry projects in development (two or more);
  • You have been accepted on the training course you want to attend;
  • You are able to demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career;
  • You intend to use these new skills within the UK film industry.

And the course you want to attend:

  • Starts no earlier than one working day after the date your application is received by Creative Skillset;
  • Is delivered by a recognised training provider or high calibre industry professional working in their specialist field.

You are not eligible if you:

  • Are in full time education;
  • Do not have a permanent UK address;
  • Are applying on behalf of an organisation;
  • Cannot demonstrate clear professional experience working in the film industry that shows you are regularly working within this sector either as a freelancer or an employee. Please note that work undertaken at school, on training courses or in education will not be considered professional experience.

Once you have read the guidelines, are sure you are eligible and want to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, click here to apply for funding

If you are not sure whether you are eligible to apply for International Scholarships funding, please contact Andrej Skulec, the Fund Administrator on or 020 7713 9829.

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