How To Get A First Feature Made

Northern Film & Media worked in partnership with Creative England to deliver “How to Get a First Feature Made” – a North East edition of Creative England’s highly successful talent modules programme which ran between February and April 2016.

Designed for prospective first-time feature filmmakers, the modules took 40 carefully selected early career filmmakers through a detailed and expert-led overview of the complete lifecycle of feature film production. Open to those working in factual and animation as well as drama, the aim of the programme was to increase the readiness of would-be-first time feature film makers, primarily based in the North East of England but also open to those in the North West and Yorkshire, to make the leap from short to feature film production. This was achieved by giving participants access to a coherent and comprehensive overview of the current landscape of and lifecycle of feature film production in the UK, provided by a carefully selected pool of expert practitioners. Participants enjoyed first-hand access to completely up-to-date insights from industry-leading figures on the opportunities and challenges confronting a first time feature film maker in the UK today.

Creative England’s talent modules programme is supported by BFI NET.WORK, which exists to discover, develop and fund new and emerging filmmakers. For more about BFI NET.WORK click here.


Find out about the programme, our partners and funders.


Find out about all the participants on the scheme.


Four day-long Talent Modules will be held on Friday 05 February, Thursday 03 March, Thursday 24 March and Friday 29 April. Read more about the modules.


Details of speakers and panellists taking part across the four Talent Modules. Please note that the speaker list may be subject to change. Additional speakers will be added to the site as and when their involvement is confirmed.

How to Apply

All the information you need about the application process, how to apply and all eligiblity guidelines.

News and Opportunities

Here we will highlight current opportunities.