The programme, which was launched today in Cannes, is aimed at helping short film-makers to make the leap into features.

Creative England has launched a new programme for short film-makers from across the UK.

Supported by Creative Skillset, the Elevator programme will provide 15 award winning short film makers working in live action, documentary or animation with bespoke skills training and mentoring, alongside on-going career development, advice and guidance to help accelerate their careers to the next level.

The applicants must have won recognition from one or more top international film festival or awards ceremony.

The rolling programme is the latest strand to be launched by Creative England’s talent development team, following mico budget filmmaking scheme iFeatures2 earlier this year, which is an extension of the iFeatures programme which ran in Bristol.

Creative England’s head of talent Chris Moll, said the scheme would fill a gap in the market: “The industry offers a considerable amount of support for writers at this stage of their careers, but the same structure just doesn’t exist for producers or directors looking to make the crucial leap from shorts to features.”