Ideas Fund Shorts: Producers



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We're looking for six IdeasTap members to produce a short film each. The budget for each project will be £4,000. 


IdeasTap and Northern Film School


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This is a brief for producers, click here for the directors' brief. 

Last year, we ran the first of our new round of Ideas Fund Shorts briefs. We were on the lookout for exciting ideas for short films…

Well, the winners of that brief have been chosen and so now we’re looking for six producers to help take the scripts from the page to screen.

Here are the six winning scripts and writers. Pour yourself a cool glass of Indian tonic water, and have a read…

Arlene by Farouq Suleiman - Animation [download]

Arlene is about a woman that suffers from the loss of her speech after an operation on a brain tumour she had. She is later diagnosed with a neurological disorder that means she has difficulty remembering words. This story contains a combination of science and biographical characterisation in an experimental 2D animation style.

Googly by Helen Kingston – Animation [download]

Googly is a very ugly caterpillar living in a world where appearance is everything. He is ridiculed and longs for the day he will become a beautiful butterfly. But when he emerges from his cocoon, Googly is a moth, ugly as ever. Then, a miracle happens... Googly is a colourful animation for a family audience.

Jus Soli by Simon Jenkins, Michael McLeod and Joshua Llewellyn – Experimental Documentary [download]

Never Land by Anna Hoghton – Drama [download]

Safiyah Flies Across The Ocean by Mei Leng Yew – Drama [download]

War by Nilesh Bell-Gorsia - Comedy [download]

Here’s what we want you to do: select one or more scripts that you would like to produce.

Each project will have a budget of £4,000 and a mentor attached to help steer you through the process.

As part of this process, you will also recruit cast and crew via the IdeasTap website.

As part of your application you will need to demonstrate how you possess the necessary skills, ambition, and talents to produce the project.

Please include the following in your application:

  • A producer’s statement detailing how you plan to produce the script on the budget of £4,000, what you envisage being the greatest challenges, and what the elements are that attract you to the project
  • A producer’s CV
  • A portfolio containing links to previous work

If you are shortlisted for this opportunity, you will be required to attend an interview at IdeasTap (travel expenses will be provided). 

If you are selected you will work closely with the writer and a director (selected through the Ideas Fund Shorts: Directors) to realise the project.

This brief closes on Monday 10 March 2014 at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 to 30. If you have any technical queries, please visit the Help Centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.

Image used under Creative Commons from myrrh ahn.

How to apply


  • Can you apply with a producing partner? Thanks


    charlottelee , Producer , 04/03/14 , 6 AP

    • Yes! that is absolutely fine


      guestjudge1 , Director , 07/03/14 , 1,824 AP

  • Hello, Can i please clairfy a query i have. The animation short 'Arlene' is this purely animation form or a mixed media of animation interplay with the actual story being filmed with actors/actress. Ive had experience of mixed media so wasnt sure how i should read the script in relation to providing the producers statement.


    Sophiele , Producer , 03/03/14 , 377 AP

    • This script should be realised through animation (no live action). Thanks!


      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 04/03/14 , 10,615 AP

  • is this something you could do alongside full time work?


    charlottelee , Producer , 03/03/14 , 6 AP

  • Hi - just a question about the budget. I'm wondering whether to include insurance - will the production already be covered because its an Ideastap/Northern Film School initiative? Thanks.


    tamarin.mcginley , Actor , 03/03/14 , 344 AP

    • Please insurance in your budget for now. Thanks!


      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 04/03/14 , 10,615 AP

  • Where would you have to be based?


    Paris Palmer , Producer , 27/02/14 , 22 AP

    • You must be based in the UK in order to apply. Filming locations etc will be worked out between the director, producer and writer.



      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 03/03/14 , 10,615 AP

  • When would the project begin and when would the interview take place? I a currently abroad so want to ensure I'd be available. Thanks


    HarrietHJ , Producer , 27/02/14 , 414 AP

    • you sill need to be available for interview either on Skype or in person 12th/13th March. And production work starts soon after!


      guestjudge1 , Director , 27/02/14 , 1,824 AP

  • do we have to attach ourselves to one script specifically, or can we show a preference but be considered for any of them?


    katielambert , Director , 20/02/14 , 1,742 AP

    • You can select more than one - state a preference for a couple of scripts, if you'd be happy to work on them. Thanks!


      The IdeasTap Team , Editor , 20/02/14 , 10,615 AP


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