Our partners and collaborations are extremely important to us. BBC Films have been a key supporter from the very beginning of iFeatures, with BFI coming on board soon after with critical ongoing support using National Lottery funds. ScreenSkills have supported the skills and professional development element of iFeatures, while Great Point Media have invested production finance into greenlit films.
The original iFeatures was set up by South West Screen – predecessor agency to Creative England - to support micro/low budget filmmakers and to forge a stronger, more confident on-screen identity for the English regions. The first round focused on Bristol and included Al Siddons’ IN THE DARK HALF, Mark Simon Hewis’ 8 MINUTES IDLE and Kasia Klimkiewicz’s FLYING BLIND. Prior to iFeatures, Vision + Media ran the Digital Departures scheme with the same ambitions and remit for Liverpool, with films including Lindy Heymann’s KICKS, Laurence Gough’s SALVAGE and Terence Davies’ Cannes documentary OF TIME AND CITY.
iFeatures2 was led by Executive Producer Tristan Goligher, supporting the development of numerous projects from across England, and the production of 3 films. Guy Myhill’s THE GOOB premiered at 2014 Venice Days, winning a number of awards including Golden Hitchcock for Best Film at 2014 Dinard Festival of British Films and a BIFA for Best Achievement in Production. NORFOLK, written and directed by Martin Radich, premiered in competition at 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Tiger Award. Alex Taylor’s SPACESHIP premiered at SXSW and was released in the UK in 2016.
iFeatures3 was led by Executive Producer Christopher Granier-Deferre, with a UK-wide remit for supported talent. From this round, William Oldroyd’s LADY MACBETH, written by Alice Birch, premiered at Toronto in 2016 and went on to San Sebastian, Sundance ‘spotlight’ strand and many more international festivals, winning 4 BIFAs and the Discovery at the European Film Awards in 2016, and further gongs at San Sebastian, Zurich, Dublin, Les Arc, Palm Springs, Montclair, Thessaloniki and Evening Standards Awards. In 2018 it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and 2 BAFTAs, where Florence Pugh was also up for the Rising Star award. The film has enjoyed outstanding theatrical success, grossing over £3.5m at the international box office. Hope Dickson Leach’s THE LEVELLING premiered at Toronto and went on to Rotterdam, Sydney, Dinard and many more international festivals. Hope won a Scottish BAFTA for best writing in film/TV and the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Bursary at LFF, and the film went on UK release and was nominated for a BIFA in 2016. Dan Kokotajlo’s APOSTASY also premiered at Toronto before going on to San Sebastian and LFF, where he won the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award at LFF – the second consecutive year that an iFeatures director has done so. The film was released theatrically in 2018.
iFeatures4 was headed up by Executive Producer Zorana Piggott with films 3 greenlit for production in 2018. These are Claire Oakley’s MAKE UP, Eva Riley’s PERFECT 10 and RETREAT, the first British, British Sign Language film from writer/director Ted Evans.
iFeatures5 has seen 12 projects through its development lab programme. Read more about the teams and films.
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