Film and Music Resources

Here you'll find resources we've gathered for creative people working in the world of music and film. 

There's information on funding programmes, commissioners and presenters in the UK working at the intersection of film, music and audio-visual arts. We've also included links to archive film and footage. 

Is there something we've missed? If you wish to include other resources, please contact us.

 

Funding

Arts Council England

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Arts Council of Wales

British Film Institute - BFI Film Fund supports original UK filmmakers and films.

BFI Film Audience Network

Creative Scotland

Jerwood Arts Development Fund The application process for 2020 has now been completed. The next round opens in 2021 for projects starting 2022.

PRSF Performing Rights Society Foundation The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants for UK-based composers and artists for project development.

Festivals

Film, music, and other arts festivals that regularly present, and may sometimes commission, film and music collaborations.

Brighton Festival

1-23 May 2021

A celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events, Brighton Festival takes place in familiar and unusual locations across Brighton & Hove and further afield for three weeks every May.

Cryptic – Sonica (Glasgow)

October/ November 2021

Sonica Glasgow, produced by  Cryptic, is an award winning 11-day biennial festival, dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, presenting exceptional international artists alongside UK talent.

Flatpack Festival (Birmingham)  

May Bank Holiday 2021

A film festival that takes place annually in Birmingham, England. During the festival a varied collection of different films and media forms are shown, including animation, documentaries, short films, music videos and experimental cinema.

Hippodrome Silent Film Festival

Rescheduled to 23 – 25 October 2020. 

HippFest is one of Scotland's most prestigious and popular film festivals, happening in Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema - the Hippodrome in Bo'ness. It has an unrivalled reputation in the UK for screening an exciting programme of international silent films, accompanied by a dazzling line-up of new and established musicians and performers.

London Short Film Festival

15-23rd January 2021

London Short Film Festival enters its eighteenth year as the UK’s premiere showcase for emerging and established, homegrown and international short form. LSFF is continuing to accept submissions on FilmFreeway.

Manchester International Festival

July 2021

The annual Manchester International Festival brings together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. 

Sensoria (Sheffield)

A festival of music, film and digital. Based in Sheffield, Sensoria presents a unique mix of live performance, film screenings, installations, exhibitions and music industry activity.

Sheffield Doc Fest

June 2021

A documentary and non-fiction arts festival that takes place every year. The festival includes film screenings, interactive and virtual reality exhibitions, talks & sessions, Marketplace & Talent for the funding and distribution of documentaries and development of filmmakers, unmissable live events, and its own awards.

Supersonic Festival (Birmingham)

July 2021

Bringing together live performances by some of the world’s most extraordinary artists, visual art, and audience participation to create a legendary one-of-a-kind festival. Supersonic takes place alongside a year-round programme of live events, exhibitions and kids gigs which present the highest quality new work.

 

Producers and Presenters

Organisations that include, and may commission, film and music collaborations as part of their programme.

A Kind of Seeing

Shona Thomson is an award-winning curator, filmmaker, facilitator, strategist, and producer.

Boiler Room

Boiler Room is an independent music platform and cultural curator, connecting club culture to the wider world, on screen and through parties, film and video. They work with partners to produce films documenting underground music scenes of the past and the future. Watch the recent British Council x Boiler Room collaboration film, Makina! – here

BFI

The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a cultural charity that curates and presents the greatest international public programme of world cinema for audiences – in cinemas, at festivals and online.

Curated Place

Curated Place is an arts-led creative production company specialising in international public programmes, large scale public installations, original commissions, artist development, music strategy, event and sustainable production delivery.

FACT (Liverpool)

Fact is a platform for support and exhibition of art and film that embraces new technology and explores digital culture. Every year they invite artists, scientists, technologists, radical thinkers, Liverpool communities and creative practitioners to develop their practice and showcase their work through artist residencies. 

Home MCR

HOME offers a wide range of work including new releases, discovered and undiscovered classics, archive material, shorts, animation and documentary, avant garde film and television.

Live Cinema (West Yorkshire)

Live Cinema UK produce and support film events which contain a live element or additional activity. These include, but are not limited to live soundtracks, interactive technology, theatrical performances, non-traditional venues, archive film.

London Contemporary Orchestra

London Contemporary Orchestra is a leading global orchestral group focused on playing, commissioning and developing new music and artistic output. Alongside working with well-known artists, LCO focus on developing a diverse next generation of players, conductors and composers by creating opportunities for them to work at the highest professional level.

Metal (Liverpool)

Metal work from buildings of historic significance that they have transformed from empty or derelict spaces into vibrant cultural community hubs. From these bases, they work to provide the catalyst that can transform the potential of people and places through great art and inspiring ideas.

Film Station is Metal’s regular film screening programme. 

Film Roundhouse (London)

Film Roundhouse is powered by the Roundhouse and Creative England. They make work that reflects and challenges the national conversations, offers more than what’s currently broadcast on mainstream media, and that isn’t afraid to prioritise new and diverse voices to fully represent the world we live in.

Video Jam (Manchester)

Video Jam is an award-winning independent event series dedicated to curating, commissioning and presenting films with live musical accompaniment.

Sound and Music (London) 

Sound and Music’s work includes composer and artist development, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education.

Southbank Centre (London)

Since 2010, Southbank Centre has presented a wide range of films with live orchestral accompaniment, from Brief Encounter to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

 

Archive Films and Footage

BFI National Archive  - Established in 1935, the BFI National Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. Dating from the earliest days of film to the live capture of current television content, the collection contains nearly a million titles.

Imperial War Museum Film Archive - Constantly growing, IWM’s film collection now extends to over 23,000 hours of moving images representing a diverse range of material including public and service information films, documentaries, unedited combat film, official newsreels and amateur films.

British Council Film Archive - A rights-free collection of over 100 short documentaries about wartime Britain, made by the British Council during the 1940s.