The BBC has recently announced the 57 companies supported by this year’s Small Indie Fund. Launched in 2020, the fund aims to support the growth of small independent production companies across the UK with turnovers below £10 million, spanning various genres including Drama, Entertainment, Comedy, Factual, Daytime, Children’s, and for the first time this year, BBC Film.

The 2024 cohort boasts the highest number of diverse-led producers, with 77% (44 companies) having at least two individuals in specific leadership roles from under-represented groups such as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, Disabled, and/or Working class. Additionally, the Small Indie Fund continues to focus on supporting companies based in the Nations & Regions, with 67% (38 companies) located outside of London, including an increase in representation from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the West Midlands.

All selected companies will receive strategic investment and guidance from a BBC commissioning editor to aid in their growth. With the inclusion of BBC Film, the total support for these companies will amount to around £1.5 million this year.

Mark Perry, Flashing Lights Media, said, “As the makers of successful CBeebies Magic Hands, we’re delighted Flashing Lights Media has been chosen as a beneficiary of the BBC Small Indie Fund. As a deaf-led company, we are proud to champion diversity and encourage new perspectives on the world around us. We collaborate with the best to make children’s series, formats, documentaries and aspire to do so much more. We cannot wait to use the BBC Indie Fund to accelerate our growth and reach new audiences.”

The BBC received an unprecedented number of applications for the Fund this year, and in response, BBC Commissioning will be offering additional insight sessions across all genres to support future pitches by small independent producers.

The companies selected for the 2024 Small Indie Fund include those from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, English Regions, East, South East, South West, London, and West Midlands. Some of the notable companies in the list include Afro-Mic Productions, Barry Crerar Ltd, Candour Productions Ltd, FirstLookTV, Flashing Lights Media, and many others.

Matt Travers, Head of Business, TV Commissioning and Business Development, says: “We thank all producers who applied to the Small Indie Fund this year. We know it remains a challenging time for the sector, and the Fund demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting smaller producers, right across the UK.”

Emma Kayee Head of Production, BBC Film says: “The sheer number of strong applications we received is testament both to the outstanding talent in our independent film sector and the unprecedented challenges so many producers are currently facing. We’re excited to be working with these ambitious, forward-thinking companies and we can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Founders Rosie Crerar and Ciara Barry of Scotland-based barry crerar: “BBC Small Indie Fund support comes at a crucial time for barry crerar. We are proud of our ongoing commitment to authored, groundbreaking storytelling that seeks to inspire, provoke and entertain, working with women and underrepresented collaborators both in front and behind the camera. As a Glasgow born indie that works predominantly with Scottish based talent, we are so delighted to have BBC Small Indie support across our work in both Film and Drama this year and can’t wait to get started!”

The list concludes with the names of the companies selected for the 2024 Small Indie Fund, ranging from various regions and genres, highlighting the diverse landscape of independent production in the UK.

Companies selected for the 2024 Small Indie Fund:

Northern Ireland

Afro-Mic Productions

Big Mountain Productions

Fabel Productions

HopSkip Studios Ltd

Out of Orbit

Wales

Afanti Media Ltd

Cardiff Productions

Cwmni Da

ie ie productions

Kailash Films

Red Seam

Scotland

Barry Crerar Ltd

Beezr Studios

Flabbergast

Furnace Ltd

North Bridge Media

Pure Leo Ltd

Unified Theory Productions Limited

English Regions

Candle & Bell Limited – North East

MCC Media Ltd – North East

Schnoobert Productions Limited – North East

Wander Films Limited – North East

Candour Productions Ltd – Yorkshire & The Humber

ClockWork Films – Yorkshire & The Humber

Public Dreams Ltd – Yorkshire & The Humber /London

Boudica Entertainment Ltd – North West

EMU Pictures Limited – North West /London

The Fold – North West

Northern Heart Films – North West

FirstLookTV – West Midlands

Full Fat Television – West Midlands

Rural Studios – West Midlands

Walking House Limited – West Midlands

Chalk Productions – South East

Flashing Lights Media – South East

Ten66 Television Limited – South East

Caravan East – East

The Connected Set – South West

London

104 Films

Acme TV Ltd

Big Little Fish Television Ltd

B-Side Production

Gingerbread Pictures Ltd

Greenacre Films

Me+You Productions

Moonspun Films Ltd

Nico Productions Ltd

Parti Productions

Quiddity Films

Rebel Park Productions

Rockerdale Studios

So & So Productions

Sungazer Ltd

The Corner Shop Productions

Turnover Films

Vibrant Television Ltd

Wild Swim Films