REAL Initiative is an exciting new programme of support for documentary filmmakers and digital artists in Leicester/shire looking to start-up or grow their business – managed by Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre.

The programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals and enterprises at different stages of growth – from established filmmakers and digital artists, to start-ups in their first year of business, to people who are just thinking about taking their first steps.

Our vision is to work towards establishing Leicester as a centre for documentary and non-fiction film and digital art in the East Midlands.

REAL Initiative is funded by Phoenix, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Midlands Engine and Arts Council England.

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REAL Acceleration for Film

Support for producers and directors who are determined to make their breakthrough long-form documentary for cinema or TV.

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REAL Incubation

Collaboration, professional input and workspace for start-ups in their first year of business in documentary film + digital arts.

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REAL Acceleration for Digital Art

Training, mentoring, coaching and an exhibition opportunity for mid-career digital artists who want to increase their productivity and grow.

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REAL Inspiration

Opportunities for those considering an entrepreneurial career in film + digital arts.

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REAL Initiative is funded by Phoenix, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Midlands Engine and Arts Council England