FAQs

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

English isn’t my first language, can I still apply/take part?

We do not have any non-English speakers on the team currently. We would suggest that you apply in English to the best of your ability. The course will require lots of interaction, therefore we suggest applicants are confident in how they can meet these requirements and we will do our best to accommodate any specific needs where we can.

I have dependants/am a carer. Will this course still be available for me?

Where we can, Beyond Brontës intends to support, remove obstacles and be flexible for our participants. We will assess support with costs associated to caring responsibilities, based on the individual needs of participants

I’m receiving benefits. Will the programme affect them?

There are various benefits that can be claimed with specific regulations and rules on what might affect your benefit claim. The best way to assess your query, would be to visit your local Department of Work and Pensions or alternatively, contact them. Details for contacting your relevant claim department by telephone, can be found here: https://customerservicecontactnumber.uk/dwp/

Will I be trained in a particular field of the screen industries?

Beyond Brontës will provide various resources to help the selected cohort to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in the industry overall, in addition to supporting individuals’ tailored career interests. Where we can, we will cater to help individuals gain access and insight into their field of interest.

How long is the commitment to the course?

We are stipulating 6 months as the minimum and 12 months as the maximum engagement time for the course. We want to support those who may face barriers so some flexibility will be available and can be further assessed when the cohort is selected.

Do I have to do everything the Beyond Brontës programme outlines?

No - through our unique programme we intend to nurture the individual needs of our participants. This means you can ‘pick and mix’ the elements of the programme and support that are most relevant to you.

I’m studying at University/have a degree. Does that make me ineligible?

No - the programme intends to help those who wish to enter the screen industries. You can apply for Beyond Brontës whether or not you have a degree, regardless of whether that degree is relevant to the screen industries or not. Unless you already have an established career in the screen industries, as a freelancer or other, you can apply.

How do I know if I am under-represented in the screen industries and eligible for Beyond Brontës?

It is against the law to discriminate against someone with a protected characteristic and there are many individuals with protected characteristics who are under-represented in the screen industries. Some of these protected characteristics are: gender, race/ethnicity, social class, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, religion, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership and location. These protected characteristics can intersect eg. a working-class individual with a disability. There is more information on protected characteristics here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/equality-act/protected-characteristics Beyond Brontës intention is to redress the issue of under-representation in the screen industries by aiding under-represented individuals with protected characteristics to enter the industry. Therefore, we encourage applicants who identify with having a protected characteristic that may be under-represented in the industry to apply for the programme. If you are unsure if you are under-represented in the screen industries there is further information here: https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/bfi-workforce-diversity-in-uk-screen-sector-evidence-review-2018-03.pdf (see pp. 31-39).

I’m not from a working class and/or BAME background. Am I still eligible to apply?

The programme is not solely aimed at those from working class and/or BAME backgrounds. Beyond Brontës aims to redress the issue of many people with protected characteristics not being represented in the screen industries. There is further information on under-representation and protected characteristics below.

I’m not in the 18-24 age bracket, but want to be on the programme. Is that possible?

No - Beyond Brontës is designed for people aged 18-24 to help those entering both the screen industries and the careers sector for the first time, we are building soft and hard skills for people who have not had the opportunity to gain that experience. For those from a different age bracket, get in touch with us and we will be happy to share industry advice more suited to your needs.

I’m from Leeds City Region, but based outside of it. Can I still take part?

No - you must be residing within Leeds City Region at present to take part in the scheme. Beyond Brontës, its funders and supporters only have resources for those currently residing within Leeds City Region.

Do I have to be based in Leeds City Region?

You must live in the Leeds City Region area to be eligible. This includes the following cities and districts (view map) Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale in West Yorkshire Selby, Craven, Harrogate and York in North Yorkshire Barnsley in South Yorkshire

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.