Applications are now open for Shortflix, a new development and production programme offering ambitious young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to make their first short film, which audiences will be able to watch through Sky Arts on demand platform.

Creative England, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Sky Arts are joining forces for this initiative, which will provide training and mentorship from industry professionals to ensure young filmmakers gain practical skills and experience as they take their first steps in the industry. Training is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

Shortflix ambassador’s Riz Ahmed and Zawe Ashton said of the scheme:

Riz Ahmed – (Actor and Filmmaker – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Four Lions, Jason Bourne) “Shortflix is exactly what we need right now as an industry and as a society – fresh voices and fresh stories that open up the conversation about who we are. To anyone who hasn’t had a chance to make films but always wanted to – this is your chance to make yourself seen, and heard.”

Zawe Ashton – (Actor, Playwright and Director – Fresh Meat, Blitz, Dreams of a Life“It’s a pleasure to support this great opportunity for young undiscovered diverse talent to get a short film off the ground. Even if you’ve never had anything to do with film before, if you’ve got an idea, get involved.”

Shortflix is for aspiring filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in full-time education, employment or training, and have an idea for a short film that tells their own story, or that of their community, heritage, identity or area.

Of the applicants, twenty projects will be selected for development from initial idea to script or outline stage. After the initial development period, five distinctive short films will be chosen to be produced, working with a professional producer, crew and budget of up to £10,000 each, The final films will be available to watch through Sky Arts on demand platform.


The deadline for Shortflix application is 5pm, 28th February 2017

For young people interested in the programme, a series of roadshow events will take place across the regions, where young filmmakers will be able to find out more and learn how to pitch their short film idea:

  • Manchester on 25th January.
  • Nottingham on 31st January.
  • London on 6th February.
  • Bristol on 16th February.

The development programme for the shortlisted filmmakers will begin in April and run throughout 2017.

Read the application guidelines here.

For more details on how the programme will run and to apply, please visit the Creative England website