Channel 4 chooses 16 small businesses outside London for its new emerging independent fund
Channel 4 is providing financial support to independent production companies outside London through a new fund.
The Emerging Indie Fund is designed to help small independents, new or emerging independents take key stages in their growth, according to the broadcaster.
In addition to financial assistance, companies benefit from coaching and advice from Channel 4’s sales, programming and legal teams.
The broadcaster selected 16 companies from across the UK, including two from Scotland, four from northern England, two from Northern Ireland, one from Wales, four from Bristol and three from Brighton.
The channel said it initially picked 11 production companies to be part of the fund, but picked five more after attracting nearly 150 applications.
Bristol-based independent production company Indefinite Films is among the companies to receive funding.
The company is run by award-winning team of director-producers Bruce Goodison and Kate Cook. The company’s first title was the coming-of-age feature of 2014 Let Stay with Toby Jones, on the life of a group of teenage refugee claimants in the UK.
The duo then teamed up with the critically acclaimed 2019 Channel 4 drama. The treatment with SiÃ¢n Brooke and Sue Johnston – a true story of a Stafford woman who spoke out against one of the worst scandals in NHS history.
âIt is a real boost for Indefinite Films to be named one of Channel 4’s Emerging Indies Fund recipients,â said Bruce. take risks.”
Emma Hardy, head of commissioning management for Channel 4, said the fund would provide “practical advice and support” so companies can take the next step in their development.
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She said: “Our ambition was to select an independent of each genre who would benefit from being part of the fund and our editors were instrumental in identifying the companies where we believe we can have the most impact.”
The independent companies selected to be part of the fund are: Button Down (York); The hopscotch of channel X (Glasgow); Chatterbox (Brighton); Chwarel (Criccieth, North Wales); Drummer (Bristol); Fired Up Films (County Down, Northern Ireland); Hello Marie (Brighton); Undefined Films (Bristol); Salamanda (Stockport); Screendog (Brighton); and Strident (Belfast).
Discretionary prizes are also awarded to Blak Wave Productions (Bristol); Create anything (Glasgow); Factual fiction (North Yorkshire); Fran Baker (Manchester); and Good Work (Bristol).