North East Screen and Pact are today launching a joint initiative Future North East at this year’s Creative Cities Convention in Newcastle.

Future North East is based on Pact’s successful Future30 scheme – which launched in 2021 as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations – and is designed to identify promising indies in the North East and help them develop into global businesses.

The two-year scheme is open to both members and non-members of Pact based in the North East, and benefits include two years’ free Pact membership and a supercharged, tailored development programme giving participants access to industry experts to help them to develop and grow their businesses.

While speaking at the Creative Cities Convention in Newcastle, North East Screen Chairman, David Parfitt, announced the launch of the scheme and asked indies to get in touch with the North East Screen Talent and Business Development team to register their interest.

Applications will open on 5th May and indies will be invited to submit a video pitch to be judged by a panel of experienced producers and experts, with the winners unveiled at the end of May with the first bootcamp taking place in June.

For further information and to register interest, companies are invited to email:

Commenting on the launch of the scheme, David Parfitt, said:

“We have a developing network of indies here in the North East, and are delighted to be launching Future North East with Pact.

“This presents a unique opportunity for North East indies to benefit from the deep knowledge of leading industry experts to help prepare them for global business opportunities.”

Pact’s Managing Director of Business Development & Global Strategy Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE said:

“Following the success of Pact’s Future30 scheme over the past two years, we are delighted to be able to roll this out in the North East in partnership with North East Screen.

“The North East has a wealth of talent and we look forward to working with the selected indies to help them grow their businesses.”

For more information about the Future North East scheme, eligibility criteria, timescales and how to apply, please visit our project page.

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