Digital Shorts – Funding Available for FilmMakers

Northwest Vision and Media has teamed up with the UK Film Council to once again launch the Digital Shorts short filmmaking scheme.

There are now three separate strands to the short filmmaking scheme on offer at Northwest Vision and Media: Digital Shorts, Digital Nation (formally Digital Plus) and 4mations. All genres of film are welcome, including drama, documentary and animation, and a total of four Digital Shorts films will be commissioned early next year, with budgets of up to £13,5000 for each project. After a period of development, we’ll select one animation to be commissioned through the 4mations Digital Shorts Scheme, with a budget of £15,000.

4mations is a new animation strand of the Digital Shorts scheme, which has its own guidelines and deadline date. 4mations Digital Shorts opened for applications on the 10th October and will close on the 10th November. If you are an animator then you should apply to that scheme through the 4mations website directly

Digital Shorts is open to writers, directors and producers, living in the Northwest region who have a short film script they would like to make.

Digital Nation replaces Digital Plus and is for writers, directors and writer/directors who are ready to make the leap to more ambitious cinematic short films. Digital Nation will provide filmmakers with the opportunity to join a nationwide talent pool and participate in an intensive tailored development process designed to hone their voice as a filmmaker. At the end of this development process the UK Film Council will choose 12 films over two years, each to be made with a budget of up to £20,000.
Information Seminars

If you intend to apply to Digital Shorts or Digital Nation, or if you simply want to know more about our schemes, then we recommend you attend one of our information and networking seminars. Each of these events will include a talk from a previous Digital Short awardee, together with screenings of selected previous commissions and a Q&A with short film guru, Paul Welsh.

Information seminars are as follows:

An Evening of inspiration with Paul Welsh 5th November 7-9pm
113 – 115 Portland Street
M1 6DW

Networking event 18th November 6-9pm, with presentation at 7pm
Blackburne House
Blackburne Place
Off Hope Street
L8 7PE

Please email to register for one of our events – but be quick, as it’s first come first served. How to Apply

Please read the Guidelines before completing an Application Form and Monitoring Form, and return them to

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Friday 8th December 2008