Creative Cluster

StoryFutures Creative Cluster creates and helps fund R&D projects with creative businesses in the Gateway Cluster and Greater London.

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Development Funding

StoryFutures Academy Development Funding is designed to support creative practitioners taking part in StoryFutures Academy training initiatives, to put their skills into practice and take their first steps in creating immersive (VR/AR/MR) experiences. The funding also aims to generate opportunities for StoryFutures Academy to do meaningful audience insight research via qualitative or quantitative engagement with the content produced, which can inform practitioners in future.

There are two categories of funding available:

  • Kickstart funding – up to £10,000– to support early-stage project research and development, and the creation of immersive proof of concepts across AR, VR, and MR platforms. This fund is open only to creators who have participated in StoryFutures Academy training programmes, and are looking to put their new skills into practice and take their next practical steps in developing an immersive project.

This call is now closed. To be the first to know when we open our next round of applications, express your interest above. For more information on the criteria, please click below-

Kickstart Criteria
  • Production Booster funding – up to £20,000 – to support more advanced projects that are entering or already in production, which already have significant project funding/resource attached to them, and which offer important learning opportunities which can be fed back into the StoryFutures Academy programme. Priority is given to projects that have come through StoryFutures Academy training programmes, however, at our discretion, we may consider UK-based projects coming from elsewhere, which offer these opportunities. Priority is also given to those which offer on-the-job learning opportunities for those from the screen industries (film, television and games).

This call is now closed. To be the first to know when we open our next round of applications, express your interest above. For more information on the criteria, please click below-

Production Booster Criteria

StoryFutures Academy will run several Development Funding calls throughout the lifetime of the programme, which may be open or themed.

We expect to support a set of approximately three to five projects per call with a range of budgets within these brackets.

In addition to funding, all recipients will also have access to a variety of StoryFutures Academy support and resources for the duration of the development period, which includes:

  • Access to Immersive Lab equipment/resources
  • Access to expertise in the field of Audience Research, from Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Access to industry mentorship, where appropriate
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To apply you'll need to meet the following requirements:

  • UK status: Applications must be made by or through a company registered and centrally managed in the UK
  • Age: Applicants and all team members must be 18+
  • Diversity: StoryFutures Academy operates with a pledge to ensure 50% of participants are women and 15-20% are from BAME backgrounds.
  • Track Record: Participants must have a substantial body of work and/or a considerable number of screen (or production, performance or equivalent) credits with demonstrable ability to drive a project through production to delivery.
  • Reporting: Applicants must agree to funder reporting requirements, including provision of relevant business and employment information

Please note, additional criteria may apply to each funding call.

If there is no funding call open, or if you'd like to be kept informed of future opportunities, please express your interest here.

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