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Channel 4 is giving a leg-up to 20 indies in an expanded set of beneficiaries of its Emerging Indie Fund.

Bristol-based Angel Eye Media, Birmingham’s Full Fat and Manchester indie Title Role are among 12 companies to win full backing from the scheme.

Meanwhile, eight producers receive ‘discretionary’ awards, including Eastbourne’s deaf/disabled-led indie Sondes Films and Glasgow-based Flabbergast TV, which is making amateur crafts BBC series Make It For Market.

Launched last year to support nations and regions indies with a turnover of less than £3m, this year’s cohort builds on last year’s 11-strong list, plus five discretionary awards.

One of 2020’s discretionary award-winners, Manchester-based Hatchling Films, is among this year’s selection.

C4 financially supports the indies to develop their production slates and offers direct access to a commissioning editor and advice from its financial, legal and commercial teams.

The broadcaster subsequently took a minority stake in one of last year’s indies, Salamanda Media, which makes C4 daytime show Fame in the Family.

C4 Emerging Indies 2021:

Angel Eye Media (Bristol)
Below the Radar TV (Belfast)
Black Camel Pictures (Glasgow)
Crash Productions (Cardiff)
Fabel Productions (Belfast)
Full Fat TV (Birmingham)
Hatchling Films (Manchester)
Honey Bee Media (Bristol/Surrey)
Postcard Productions (Wales)
Springboard (Birmingham)
Title Role (Manchester)
Zandland (Liverpool/Burnley)

Discretionary award:

Art of Truth (Leeds)
Bees In The Wood TV (Essex)
Flabbergast TV (Glasgow)
Hall of Mirrors (Cardiff)
Imagenova (Leicester)
Sea and Sky Pictures (Hartlepool)
SLNda (Herne Bay/Loughborough)
Sondes Films (Eastbourne)

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