Funding

'Peaky Blinders' (BBC 2) was one of the first productions made with investment from the Yorkshire Content Fund.

The Yorkshire Content Fund

Screen Yorkshire has been supporting the growth of the screen industries in the region through investing in content since 2003.  We established the Yorkshire Content Fund for producers based in Yorkshire & Humber or for national and international production companies wishing to film or establish a base in the region. Open to TV, film, video games and digital sectors the fund typically invests up to £500,000 per project, providing this investment is matched on identical terms with an equivalent amount of private sector investment.

Returns made on investments go back into the fund, allowing us to continue supporting content development and production in the region in the future. The fund receives no additional ‘top-up’ and, therefore, its continued ability to invest is dependent solely on the performance of the projects it invests in.

Since the Yorkshire Content Fund was launched in February 2012, Screen Yorkshire has invested in over 40 projects including: Official Secrets, Hope Gap, Ackley Bridge, Fighting For A City, Yardie, Ghost Stories, Dad’s Army, Swallows and Amazons, Testament of Youth, National Treasure and Peaky Blinders.

Screen Yorkshire shared our ambition for this film to be both a commercial and creative success. They were very supportive and film-maker friendly

Ged Doherty, Producer, Official Secrets

Having access to the Yorkshire Content Fund has been pivotal for us, especially as the episode numbers increased in season 2

George Ormond, Executive Producer, The Forge (Ackley Bridge)

Screen Yorkshire don’t just offer financial support, it’s also about the support they give production, too, to help us make the best film we could

Niall Shamma, COO, Warp Films (Ghost Stories, Yardie)

How to apply

The fund is open to applications but all applicants must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form prior to completing a full application. If you have a project looking for investment please complete the Expression of Interest form via the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Once we have received your completed EOI, we will contact you to discuss your application.

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Questions about the Yorkshire Content Fund?

  • Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments

    Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments

    As Head of Investments, Hugo sources projects for investment and negotiates the terms of Screen Yorkshire’s funding deals. He prepares recommendations for the Investment Committee and has creative oversight of the projects we invest in.

Funding FAQ

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.