There are presently no open calls for submissions.

We are now accepting applications to the Open Call

We are looking for a diverse group of emerging artists to submit proposals for works in moving image and audio which explore storytelling, performance, spoken word, poetry, dance, scripted drama, and experimentation with sound, image and structure. No prior experience is required to apply; the only criteria is that you are based in London and between the ages of 16–30 at the time of applying. We want you to challenge what constitutes art, make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. 

Are you ready to apply?

Please be prepared to:

- Tell us a bit about yourself

- Supply a working title and short proposal (500 words max.) for the work you’d like to produce

- Supply up to 2 links to your previous work or any links to images/mood boards that you feel illustrate your idea

Once submitted, you will receive an email with a link to your online application, which you may amend or edit at any time until 11:59pm on Sunday 17 March 2019 (Deadline extended) when applications close. 

Please note, the production of commissions from this call will take place in London between April–June 2019. Successful applicants need to be available during this period, although the amount of time required will vary between commissions and can be assessed on a case by case basis. 


Can I apply if I live outside London?  

The ICA is only accepting proposals from London-based applicants; however, the New Creatives commission is open to people across England. Regional New Creatives hubs are Tyneside Cinema, which covers the North; Rural Media, which covers the Midlands; Screen South, which covers the South East; and Calling the Shots, which covers the South West.   

I turn 31 this year, can I still apply? 

It depends. Applicants must be aged 16–30 on the closing date of this Open Call on 10 March 2019. That means your birthday must fall between 11 March 1988–17 March 2003. 

I’m not sure my proposal follows the guidelines; are there any kinds of proposals you won’t accept?   

We are not able to accept proposals for works of popular music or traditional forms of journalism and current affairs documentary. Cross-disciplinary proposals are welcome, as long as they are captured for audio or moving image.   

Do you accept proposals from collectives? 

Yes, although you will need to designate one ‘lead’ applicant from your collective to submit the proposal. This applicant will then be responsible for the production. 

I don’t have any formal film or audio training or production experience, can I still apply? 

Yes. We will provide training, mentoring and support. 

I have an idea, but I’ve never made any work before, can I still apply?  

Yes. If this will be your first time making work, we would still love to hear from you. We also encourage you to apply if you have previously made work in other mediums, but this will be your first time working in audio or moving image. 

I do not have any links to previous work online, can I send you a video file or disc? 

We regret we cannot accept other formats and all work must be available online. If you’re having difficulties uploading your work or don’t have easy access to a computer, please get in touch with us at  

Can I include multiple proposals in my application?  

We can only accept one proposal from each applicant. 

I won’t be ready to submit my proposal by the cut-off date, will there be another chance to apply? 

Yes. There will be another Open Call in mid-2019, and two more in 2020. 

If my project isn’t selected for this Open Call, can I apply again in future?  

Yes, you are welcome to reapply or submit a new application during any of our upcoming Open Calls.    

Is there a production budget for each commission?  

Yes. If commissioned, your production budget will be managed by your assigned mentor and will be in the region of £3,000 moving image projects and £1,500 for audio. The budget allocated to each commission must cover the total cost of producing and delivering the work. Please take this into consideration when drafting your proposal. 

When will I hear if my application has been successful? 

If you are successful, we will contact you by early April 2019.   If you require assistance completing the online form or have any further questions about the process, please contact us on