FAQs

Matthew Rhys in 'Death Comes to Pemberley', made with investment from the Yorkshire Content Fund.

If I decide to base my project in Yorkshire and Humber in order to access the Yorkshire Content Fund, what other support will I receive?

Screen Yorkshire has managed investment funds and supported the creative industries within the region for over fifteen years so we can offer other support or put you in touch with other organisations. If you need studios, locations, crew, facilities, office space, or other suppliers we can help you source these or point you in the direction of someone that can.

How are projects evaluated and what type of project is likely to receive investment from the Yorkshire Content Fund?

The success of the Yorkshire Content Fund is measured on the commercial return to the fund overall and of individual projects. Therefore Screen Yorkshire, as fund manager, will be evaluating projects on this basis – market value, recoupment position, risk and overall fit within the investment portfolio. We will look for evidence of market value such as having a sales agent attached, sales projections, UK and other distribution deals, broadcaster commission, analysis of comparable projects, along with risk factors such as the previous experience of the applicants. Secondly, we will consider broader benefits to the region such as production spend within the region and contribution towards overall growth of the sector within Yorkshire and Humber.

Who will decide which projects receive investment from the fund?

Screen Yorkshire’s Head of Investments manages the fund and makes recommendations to the Investment Committee that has ultimate responsibility for funding decisions. An Audit Committee ensures that all decisions are taken independently, and conform to the Operating Guidelines and the Investment Policy. The investment performance and processes of the Yorkshire Content Fund are monitored by an Independent Advisory Panel.

What are the terms of finance for the Yorkshire Content Fund?

No public monies are being used to fund the overheads of operating the YCF, therefore the YCF will charge an arrangement fee along with a backend premium and/or a share of profits. Any investment must be matched with equal private investment and on identical recoupment terms to that private investment. The fund aims to recoup so there will a legacy fund for future investments. For all projects we would also expect the budget to include all costs to complete delivery to all markets and end users.

Does the company need to be established prior to making an application to the Yorkshire Content Fund?

No, if a new company is to be established then an application can be submitted prior to the company registration process. The establishment of the company would be a condition of receiving investment from the YCF. If the company is wholly or partly owned by another company then the parent company’s details must be added in the relevant section of the application form.

Do I have to live in Yorkshire & Humber to apply to the Yorkshire Content Fund?

The project must take place in the region, employ people within the region and be managed by a registered company located in Yorkshire and Humber. The fund is open to companies already based in the region or companies looking to establishing a new entity in Yorkshire and Humber. Investments will be made only once a new entity has been established. Only SMEs (<250 employees; and < 50m euros turnover or <43m euros balance sheet) can apply for finance from the fund.

Do I need to have the private match finance in place before I apply to the Yorkshire Content Fund?

We will always need the private match finance to be in place by the time a full application is received. However, we appreciate that you may not have a firm commitment of finance at the time of the expression of interest.

What type of finance can be used to match against the fund?

Any type of private finance from banks to personal funds, as well as specialist industry financiers or sales or distribution advances, provided the finance is independent of the company to be invested in. Companies’ own funds or those of Directors and Shareholders, or their immediate relatives, does not count as match. Other public finance does not count as match so investment from public bodies or companies established with a public charter such as the BFI and the BBC cannot be counted. Investment from these financiers can form part of the project financing but is not considered eligible match finance. Equally private investment that is not on identical terms does not count as match, such as broadcast licenses and gap finance or distributor advances that take an exclusive priority position. Loans do not count as match.

How does the Yorkshire Content Fund Invest?

The YCF is a co-investment fund; this means that it can only invest where there is at least an equal amount of private finance to match the YCF investment. This co-investment must be on identical terms prorate and paripassu (all receipts due to co-investors must be received at the same time in absolute proportion to the amount invested by each party). The YCF can match private investment in project equity; gap finance; mezzanine finance; cashflowing against UK tax credit, broadcaster or distributor contracts; or amix of the above.  

Can the Yorkshire Content Fund invest in Development?

The fund can invest in games development but does not invest in the development of film and television projects.

What can the Yorkshire Content Fund Invest in?

It can invest in projects within the screen industries sectors within the Yorkshire and Humber region. The fund invests in the production of content but cannot invest directly in companies. It is unlikely we will invest in short films, pilots or any project where there is not a clear and definable expectation that we will recoup our investment.

How much can the Yorkshire Content Fund invest in a project?

The fund will not commonly invest more than £500,000. The fund normally invests no more than 10-15% of te budget of a production. There is no minimum investment, but the fund will not normally consider investments of less than £10,000.

What is the purpose of the Yorkshire Content Fund?

The fund exists to address the issue of a lack of access to capital for screen industries companies that need to part-finance the production of projects. It aims to make a return on its investment in order to be able to continue to support these industries within the region. It also aims to create jobs and increase the GVA (Gross Value Added) of the successful applicant companies. Job creation and regional spend will be monitored throughout the project.

What is the Yorkshire Content Fund?

It is a fund managed by Screen Yorkshire to invest in the production of content within the film, TV, video games and digital sectors within the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Do you offer apprenticeships?

We are not able to offer apprenticeships at Screen Yorkshire

Do you offer internships?

We are currently not able to offer internships at Screen Yorkshire. If opportunities do occur in the future we would post these on our website and via social media

Do you offer a script reading service?

Screen Yorkshire does not currently offer a script reading service.

Can you tell me who to send my idea to?

If your project is ready to go into production and you have raised most of the financing, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions in our Funding section to find out about next steps. If you’re looking for project development support for a film idea (including non-traditional forms of filmmaking), try contacting the BFI at https://network.bfi.org.uk/funding-available

Can I come and look around the studios?

You can contact all the studios directly if you would like to arrange a visit to look around. Contact details for each of the studios are available on their individual websites, which you can find in our Filming in Yorkshire section.

How do I enquire about filming at the studios?

You can explore the region's studios in our Filming in Yorkshire section. If you would like to enquire about filming at any of the studios, contact Richard or Chris in our Film Office.

Do you issue filming permits?

Screen Yorkshire works in partnership with local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber regarding film permits.  Please contact Chris Hordley or Richard Knight in our Film Office Team who can discuss your filming permit requirements with you and advise

Do you offer development funding?

Screen Yorkshire does not currently offer development funding. If you’re interested in development funding, head to BFI Net.Work. You can find out more about what’s available here: https://network.bfi.org.uk/funding-available

Do you fund short films?

Screen Yorkshire does not currently offer funding for short films. If you’re interested in funding for a short film, try the BFI site. You can find out more here: https://network.bfi.org.uk/funding-available

How do I apply for funding?

Screen Yorkshire invests in TV, feature film, video games and digital projects through our Yorkshire Content Fund (YCF). You can find out more about the YCF and how to apply in our Funding section.

Can you give me some advice on my film career?

For advice on your film career try www.screenskills.com. If you’re looking for training initiatives run by Screen Yorkshire, visit the Skills & Training section.

Do you run training schemes?

You can find out more about the training schemes we run in our Training & Skills section.

Do you hire photographers?

The majority of images on our site are publicity photographs taken by photographers hired by each of the individual productions. If you are interested in bringing your existing photography skills to the world of film and television, visit www.screenskills.com for advice on entering the industry.

Do you offer work experience?

We are currently unable to offer work experience opportunities at Screen Yorkshire

Do you have an actors database?

There are several Yorkshire-based actors’ agencies where you can find local actors for your production or make contact if you yourself are an actor. Search online for ‘actors in Yorkshire’.

Can I register as an Extra?

There are numerous Extras casting agencies available, either based in - or covering - the region. The easiest way to find them is through an online search using the terms ‘film and TV extras’ or ‘supporting artists’. You can then register with the relevant agency.

Do you have any jobs / vacancies?

You can find any jobs we have available on our Jobs page.