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Young Filmmakers Fund 2024

Supporting emerging young talent aged between 17 and 25 in the creation of socially positive films.

Who it's for

Helping young people to tell the stories that matter most to them

The fund is for young people aged between 17 and 25 who have an interest in socially positive filmmaking. The fund is accessible to anyone in the UK.

The purpose of this film fund is to help emerging young filmmakers. The idea is to give young people a voice, an opportunity to shout about and celebrate the things that matter to them most and to engage them in filmmaking. With our goal as a social enterprise focusing on young people considering video production or media careers, we feel that this could be an opportunity to take the leap and start that journey. For those who are already producing work, it could be an opportunity to work on a passion project and learn valuable skills without footing the bill.


Each year we will set a different theme related to a social topic to help steer the direction of the films. This year we are looking for films based around the idea of ‘Diversity’. As with every year this is very much open to interpretation for our filmmakers and could be anything from simply celebrating the diversity of people, to celebrating and/or recognising specific communities, cultures, LGBTQA+ groups, disabilities, neurodiversity or a specific age group! It could also be a spotlight on a particular charity or organisation that you feel passionately about that helps a particular group of people or even celebrating an individual person who you think has done something incredible despite barriers they may have had placed in their way.

What we’re looking for

  • A treatment for a film of under 10 minutes in length, using the provided template which you can download here
  • Any medium – this could be live action, animation or stop-motion
  • Any format – this can be either fiction or non-fiction
  • Availability to produce your film between TBD

What goes into the treatment?

  • An overview of your film idea, why you think this story should be told and how you will make it.
  • A breakdown of your budget to show if the idea is feasible. Consider the cost of locations, cast, props, music and/or equipment.
How it works

“There can only be two!”. The winners will be chosen based on their idea, creativity and ability to appropriately budget for the project. As well as the Neck of the Woods Films teams, we will have a panel of independent judges who will vote on their favourite ideas.

Key dates

Please note entries for the 2024 Young Filmmakers Fund are not currently open. This page will be updated as soon as they are.

TBD – Entries open
TBD – Deadline for entries
TBD – Shortlisted applicants selected
TBD – Winner notified and prizes awarded
TBD – Mentoring sessions and film produced
TBD – Film screening of the winners films

Please note that depending on the number of entries we receive these dates may be subject to change. If this is the case all entrants will be notified in advance.

In the event that we don’t receive enough entries to have a fair judging process then the competition may be postponed and any existing entries will be rolled over.

How to apply

All entries must be sent to with the e-mail subject:
Young Filmmakers Fund 2024.

Please include the following in your e-mail:

Your name
Your age
E-mail address
Phone number
Your treatment

Please note that any personal information collected in relation to this film fund will only be used for the purpose of validating your entry and getting in touch with the successful applicants. This information will only be accessible to the Neck of the Woods Films team. Judges will only be able to access the names and ages of applicants. All information will be securely stored in compliance with GDPR and after the prize is awarded this information will be destroyed.

For more information please read our privacy policy 

Previous winners and runner up - 2023
Previous winners - 2022