Following the regional pilot The Artist's Cut went national and secured a new partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Sophie Michael (London) and Ben Jeans Houghton (Newcastle) were selected for the programme and spent 10 months broadening their practice by developing and producing their first narrative short film. The Artist’s Cut supported Ben and Sophie to produce their short with a budget of £5,000 each. The scheme also involved ongoing bespoke support from film industry mentors Kate Leys and Samm Haillay covering story development, scriptwriting and producing. In addition there were a number of film workshops open to artists and filmmakers outside of the scheme covering directing (Josh Appignanesi), cinematography (Kyle Heslop), story (Kate Leys), distribution and festival strategy (Kate Taylor).  The completed films were premiered to an audience of 200 industry professionals at a screening and panel event hosted by Alan Yentob featuring the 4 key UK arts television commissioners (Channel 4, BBC, ITV and SKY) 

"The first few weeks of the scheme we were spoilt with a series of workshops, lectures, one to ones, all with industry professionals at the top of their game – it will take me years to process all of it. I felt like I was undertaking an intensive course - only I can think of few institutions that could invest so much time and support, and that combine teaching of traditional narrative filmmaking with an expectation for us to break the rules, stir it up with the practices that we have established already" Sophie Michael, The Artist's Cut Participant 2014