Resources & Artist Spotlights

Explore below useful information covering a range of support for artists across art-forms including our calendar of external event and opportunities, information on funding bodies, networks, other creative organisations and much more – we do hope it’s a useful starting point and please do contact us via if you have resources to add.

You can also find out about the artists we work with. Our regular Artist Spotlights discuss artists creative practices, inspirations and share some practical career advice.



Thngs of interest in Manchester and the North. Not all activities listed are free, click on the link for more info.

If you spot something of interest to fellow creatives or have an opportunity you’d like us to add, drop us an email.

The BFI Doc Society RAD (Research and Development) Fund
Early Development Feature Documentary Funding up to £10,000

Discovery and Impact feature funding application
Original live action and animation feature filmmaking fund for experienced directors or debut filmmakers with projects budgeted above £3,500,000.


JUL 2024

Genre Feature Lab
Deadline: Mon 1 Jul
A film development programme for writers from the North of England to help take their early-stage idea for a genre feature film (from rom-com to horror and everything in between) into a compelling treatment and deck ready to present and pitch to Film4. Includes £3000 fee, 2 days residential lab, scrip editor support and more..

How to Get Money to Make Art
Wed 3 Jul, 17:30 (in person, Manchester)
Want to develop your creative practice but first need to secure funding? Got a great idea for an arts project and looking to make a funding application, but don’t know where to start? Had a grant application rejected and want to gain some insight to better prepare for next time? Join FutureEverything for an intimate workshop designed to set you on the path towards getting ‘grant ready’

The Space Digital Freelance Network
Deadline: Thu 4 Jul
Peer learning, networking, training bursaries and paid work for freelancers with knowledge and experience of digital creative work in the cultural sector in producing and/or marketing and distribution.

Script to Screen Free online training sessions
Mon 8 – Fri 12 Jul
A series on online session devised by Channel 4 & NFTS, bringing together a wide range of film & television experts, who will share their expertise and discuss the opportunities & challenges of bringing a script to screen.

BFI Short Form Animation Fund
Deadline: Tue 9 Jul, 17:00
Support for higher-budget, narrative, animated short films, made by UK-based teams, in any animated technique or genre, which are unlikely to be fully commercially financed.

Artist open call: Cultural Accelerator
Deadline:  Wed 10 Jul, 17:00
An artistic development programme with commissions for artists, creative practitioners and collectives interested in exploring, learning and experimenting with digital technology?  Two funds (one for R&D, one for more developed projects).

Interactive Dramaturgy 101
Fri 12 Jul, 17:30 (online)
An online workshop led by Coney’s Director where you will get to grip with  some basic practice for interactive dramaturgy, building models and formats for interactive and immersive experiences.

BFI NETWORK Filmmaker Mixers – Manchester
Wed 31 Jul, 18:00
Informal meet-ups for filmmakers based in the North of England touring different venues across the region.

AUG 2024

BFI NETWORK Filmmaker Mixers  – Sheffield
Fri 2 Aug, 18:30
Informal meet-ups for filmmakers based in the North of England touring different venues across the region.

Thu 29 Aug, 19:00
An event for the games industry showcasing work from developers of all sizes from across the region, to provide a stage for figures within industry to take attendees behind the scenes of their hard work, and open up a new space for the games development community to regularly connect

SEP 2024

Manchester Music Scene Social @ Night & Day cafe, Manchester
Tue 10 Sep, 19:00
A quarterly get together open to artists, managers, producers, promoters, venues, festivals, photographers, designers, studios, crew, journalists and all of the good folk who make the Manchester music such a brilliant place.

OCT 2024

Bolton Film Festival
Wed 2 – Sun 6 Oct

NOV 2024

Manchester Animation Film Festival
dates tbc

Aesthetica Short Film Festival
6 – 10 Nov


These packs were commissioned for the Manchester Open 2022 but still remain relevant if you are looking for some advice or inspiration.

Trans Creative: MAKE Packs

Venture Arts: MAKE Pack

Fuse: MAKE Pack

Short Supply: MAKE Pack