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.

MAY 2024

Manchester Animation Festival Early Bird deadline
Wed 1 May
After that it gets more expensive :)

Kinofilm Festival 19
Fri 10 – Sat 18 May
A selection of British and European shorts scrrening across multiple venues in Manchester, including some free screeneings

ITV Fresh Cuts application
Deadline: Wed 15 May
ITV is looking for Black and/or Disabled, and/or Deaf, and/or Neurodivergent content creators, Producer/Directors and Directors to create a series of short form content that will captivate viewers.

Neo artist exhibition opening at Rogue studio
Sat 18 May, 12noon – 16:00
Join Neo: artists as they take over the Project Space at Rogue. Based in Bolton but with members from across the North West, Neo: is a thriving community of artists from all walks of life who come together to share their own unique and exciting practice with one another, and now with you.

Discovery feature funding application
Deadline: Tue 21 May, 18:00
BFI fund to support original live action and animation feature filmmaking for features by debut directors with a budget of up to £3,500,000.

Make Stuff: Introduction to Blender
Tue 21 May
Learn the basic elements of 3D design in this beginner-friendly workshop using Blender, a free and open-source 3D creation software suite.

Itch that scratch night
Wed 22 may, 19:00
A new multi disciplinary feminist evening of creative works in progress at Contact Theatre. Scratch some creative itches as an audience member, collaborator or commentator. Expect unfinished, unready and exciting work from artists of all flavours and varieties.

FLAMIN Animations applications
Deadline: Mon 27 May
Commissioning programme for early-career Black-identifying artist animators living in the UK including £3000 tp produce your animation, mentoring, guidance and workshops.

Make Stuff: Next Steps Digital Marketing
Tue 28 May
Learn to craft winning plans, refine branding, master SEO, dominate local search, crack Google Analytics, and conquer social media. Then develop a complete digital marketing campaign.

BFI NETWORK Filmmaker Mixers Sheffield
Wed 29 May, 18:00
Informal meet-ups for filmmakers based in the North of England touring different venues across the region.

Thu 30 May, 20:00
Short Supply’s Scratch Nights at Mirage Bar offer a monthly dedicated space for live artists and performers to test out new and developing ideas.

Aesthetica Festival Submission deadline
Fri 31 May
After that it gets more expensive :)

JUN 2024

Script Lab application
Deadline: Mon 3 Jun, 17:00
A scheme offering 10 new writers expert guidance and support to turn a short film idea into a ready to shoot script over the course of 4 sessions taking place Jul-Nov 2024.

Northern Exposures Young Film Programmers application
Deadline: Mon 3 Jun, 17:00
A training programme for aspiring film curators aged 16-25  in the North of England.

York Filmmakers meetup
Wed 5 Jun, 19:00
Join York Filmmakers for a chat with stunt performer and horseman Michael Collin, who’s featured in Napoleon, The Last Duel, Indiana Jones and more.

JUL 2024

Coming soon

AUG 2024

Coming soon

SEP 2024

Coming soon

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