Work with us

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In this short film, we tell the story of ‘The Lagos Theatre Festival’ and see interviews with some of the performers who took part. 

How we work

We work with the new and the best and through our worldwide network of experts to support business to business connections, often working in partnerships to create unique work that responds to the needs of local markets.

To see more on Our Way of Working, please download the document at the bottom of the page.

Opportunities for Artists and Arts Professionals

We help people working in the arts and the creative industries in the UK and across the world to exchange, collaborate and create. There are three areas where we can support your ambitions to work and collaborate internationally:

If you have a project in development, we may be able to help you take it to the next step. It’s best to approach us once you have a clear idea of where you want to work, and who you’d like to work with. If you’re in the UK e-mail us here or if you’re based elsewhere contact our team in your country. The support we can offer will vary, but where possible we’ll use our expertise to make suggestions and use our networks to introduce you to people and organisations you could be working with. 

We don’t generally offer funds to speculative project ideas, preferring to work in partnership with organisations in the UK and around the world to develop long-term projects that make a real difference. We’ll let you know whether there is potential for your idea to become part of an existing or planned project. 

For artists looking for their first experience of working internationally, we also offer a limited number of opportunities for financial support:

Artists’ International Development Fund

The Artists’ International Development fund is run by British Council jointly with Arts Council England to enable individual artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. If you are an artist who has received recognition for your work in England but do not have extensive international experience, you can apply for a grant of up to £5000 to develop your practice.

To find out more about eligibility and to apply, please go to the official Artists' International Development Fund website.

 

Short Support Scheme

If you are a short-filmmaker with an entry in an eligible festival, you can apply for a contribution towards your travel through our Travel Grant Fund, which is run in partnership with the BFI. This is to enable you to represent your work abroad, develop new contacts, reach new audiences and increase the exposure of new UK film and film talent internationally.

To find out more and apply please go to the official Short Support Scheme website.