The Uncertain Kingdom Fund, which pays out development coins to UK film projects, is opening submissions for its second round from May 23rd to June 20th.
The fund was set up to support projects that challenge British culture and ask questions about identity, current travel and the future. It was created to address the challenges directors and producers face in creating sustainable careers and is aimed at filmmakers who have already made a feature film.
The declared goal of the fund is to follow a “hands-off” approach and to support filmmakers with different backgrounds and experiences. Projects of over 70 minutes in any form or genre currently in the editing or scripting phase are eligible to apply. Filmmakers must be UK residents but not British.
UK distributor Picturehouse Entertainment works continuously with the fund and will continue to be closely involved in project selection.
The first round of funding opened in 2021 and select projects include The Golden Radiance of a Beetle by writer-director Henry Blake (BAFTA-nominated County Lines) and producers Victoria Bavister and Denzil Monk; “Just in Time” by director Carol Salter (winner of the British Independent Film Award “Almost Heaven”); “Madam Tinubu” by writer Rex Obano (BBC series “Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators”) and producer Jennifer Monks (Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Award nominee “Saturday”); and “Fulfilment” from producer Manon Ardisson (BAFTA-nominated “God’s Own Country”) and writer Ted Wilkes.
The fund has its roots in a 2019 initiative to create an anthology of 21 short films celebrating British culture, which was released in 2020 and is now widely available. Unlike the anthology series, the development fund will not finance any production.
The team behind the fund consists of Executive Director John Jencks and Development Executives Georgia Goggin and Isabel Freer.
Jencks said: “It is a great honor to promote the future of British filmmaking and to support those whose resources may not match their talent. Given the uncertain nature of this industry, our fund is here to cheer on those who are persevering.”
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