NFTS Scotland: Financing Your Low Budget Film Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Cymru Wales Virtual Classroom, in partnership with NFTS Scotland and NFTS Leeds, accessed via Zoom.  

This course is aimed at newly emerging writers, directors and producers and anyone looking to fund a low budget drama or documentary feature film. It covers a range of project financing sources from public bodies, sales and distribution, to private investors.

Taking a highly practitioner-driven approach, tutor Angus Finney will take participants through the steps to:

  • Develop and package a low budget feature
  • Present and pitch material to funders, sales agents and distributors
  • Film finance planning, recoupment and strategic options for low budget features
  • Co-production and co-financing
  • Working with Public Funders
  • An opportunity to pitch and present your own projects with feedback

About the tutor

Angus Finney is an experienced film, TV and streaming business specialist, author, trainer and an executive producer. He managed Europe’s only Film Production Finance Market for 10 years for Film London and is the former managing director of Renaissance Films where he worked across development, packaging, financing, sales and marketing. His current work includes executive producing for Manchester’s horror oufit Grimmfest and the long running Greenland-set series End Of The World.

He has trained and taught around the world, including New Zealand, China, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, Poland, Middle East and the UK. He is currently a visiting professor to the Beijing Film Academy and a Course Director at the National Film & Television School and the British Film Institute.

He is currently completing the third edition of The International Film Business: A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood due to be published in early 2022.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £325

Corporate Rate: £695


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline:

Please complete the application form to apply. 
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a succesful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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