Investing in original ideas and emerging talent

Grey Moth Originals is committed to building a fairer, kinder, and better creative industry than the existing one. We want to actively springboard emerging filmmakers into the industry.

Originals donates funding, facilities, equipment, mentoring, and training workshops to promising grassroots talent – from camera operators and editors to producers and directors.

Our first £5k funding pot is now closed for applications.

/ £5,000 funding is available. You can apply for it in part, or all of it. 

/ You can apply to use the funding for development costs, production costs and /or completion costs of your film

/ We’ll consider any type of film; documentary, drama, fashion, animation, artist film, series pilot... whatever it is you want to make. 

/ In addition, we’ll consider applicants that can benefit from our mentorship, labour, resources and equipment as contributions in kind.


/ Applications open on 1st February 2021

/ Applications close at 12:00pm 15th March 2021

/ Shortlist selection contacted by 30th April 2021

/ Shortlist interviews phase begins on 1st May 2021

/ Funds awarded 15th June 2021

Don’t worry if you miss out on this one, more funding pots are launching soon! Keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram for updates. 

What we are looking for

/ Selections will be made based on originality and creative flair, rather than the same old traditional genre tropes everyone has seen countless times before, give us something exceptional. 

/ We’re not explicitly requesting applications for short films; applications will be assessed based on how this funding will contribute to the realistic completion of your project.

/ If you need more money than you are applying for, the additional funding must be secured from elsewhere before the award will be granted.


For our first pot of funding, we are keeping eligibility open to as many applicants as possible.  This means you can apply if you are: 

/ Over 16 years old

/ Living in the UK with the right to work

/ With any level of filmmaking experience 

Applications are now closed

Grey Moth Originals launched in 2020. To date, we have three short films in pre-production on our slate. The rationale of supporting these projects is based on:

the value of the idea, the competence of the filmmaker to deliver to the project’s full potential, and a realistic grasp on how the film is to be completed with our help.

Daniel Rands - Margin

In an after-school, last-chance, catch-up class, 16 year-old student Ria’s struggle to better herself clashes with her teacher Emily’s battle to get through an English lesson evoking racial tensions and societal issues that they soon find to be all too relevant.

Daniel Rands is a South London raised and based Writer, Director and Musician. In 2018, he also co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed South African Spook Hunter, a micro-budget feature mockumentary which played at various festivals around the UK in 2019 and 2020.

Joe Williams and Charlie Edwards Moss - Original Villain

Co-funded with BFI Network, Original Villain is a 1970’s psychedelic folk horror, shot on 35mm film, due for release in 2021.  

Charlie Edwards-Moss and Joe Williams are a writing and directing duo from Oxfordshire. Their most recent film, Ratking, was part of the official selection at Leeds International Film Festival 2020. 

John Fitzpatrick - Cold Blow the Rainy Night

Nav is out with his best mates but he doesn’t want to spend another night watching them trying to pull. He sneaks off to a gay club on his own, but outside the safety of his group he finds himself in a dangerous situation.

John Fitzpatrick is a BAFTA nominated screenwriter, playwright and director. He co-wrote Wren Boys which was nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA and won a number of awards including European Independent Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Provincetown Int Film Festival and the UK Film Festival. His plays include THIS MUCH (Soho Theatre), REARED(Theatre 503), BLUES RUN THE GAME(St Mary’s University).