PLEASE NOTE WARP X IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS. IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES TO THIS WE WILL ANNOUNCE IT HERE.
We make digital films with budgets between £400,000 and 800,000 for theatrical distribution in the UK and internationally. Our films are genre based but with acutely original interpretations that will ensure they stand out in the market place. We do not make character based drama or ultra-cheap versions of mainstream Hollywood studio films.
Warp X is a separate company from Warp Films, and was set up to exclusively manage and co-produce films for the Low Budget Feature Scheme tendered by UK Film Council and Film4 in 2005. Both companies share the same office space and some support staff to make them as resource efficient as possible.
Not especially. We may well make films with a strong music element, but only if all the other factors such as idea and creative team are right for us. We do not want to make conventional music ‘bio-pics’ or band profiles.
Yes, if we like the project and the funding is sourced from financiers who are prepared to work within the Warp X financial structure. But only if the total budget is within our parameters; we do not intend to co-finance films above the £800,000 ceiling.
All Warp X films need to be British qualifying films. If shooting outside the UK can be achieved and the film still qualify, then we will consider it.
We are keen to develop the next generation of producers. We would not want to break up that relationship, unless we felt that the producer was for some reason not experienced enough to support you as producer on your project.
Warp X films need to be English language, but could include some non-English dialogue if essential for the story.
Warp X does not develop or produce short films, television programmes or music videos so please do not send these to us.
Warp X will make initial development decisions. Once a project is in development, or being considered for production funding if it has been developed by a third party production company, then decisions will be taken by Warp X, our financiers and Optimum Releasing.
We do not accept unrequested showreels.
Warp X is not accepting submissions. We only accept scripts on request. If we do ask to read your script, then Final Draft or Word via email. Please remember to attach a title covering page and contact details.
No. We prefer scripts to be emailed anyway.
Our budgets are unlikely to afford the purchase price of the novel. When making your initial submission, please include basic information on the option fee and renewal date, and the purchase price if the film is made for under £800K.
Potentially, subject to the creative and financial criteria outlined above (language, content and budget especially).
We would consider creative documentaries but only if there is a major hook or story that has significant theatrical potential.
Yes, subject to our other criteria.
We will operate fixed fees depending on whether the budget is under £500K, £750K, or £1m. This would be discussed in detail with you at the point we were interested in taking on the project.
We will not spend more than £2,000-£4,000 on initial developments. Each subsequent step will be decided according to project need with £20,000 as the total development amount available for a potential green light decision.
IF we liked all the elements in your package (director, screenplay, cast) and if we are convinced by your budget we would be able to give you an ‘in principle’ decision within a few months.
Warp X films will be made digitally, so we will only consider shooting on film in exceptional circumstances.
We would strongly prefer you to shoot in one of these regions, but if there is a compelling creative need to shoot elsewhere, then we will put the needs of the film first.
Again we will put the needs of the film first. If you are shooting in those regions, then it makes sense to crew up as much as possible from the region. However we would always also want to consider the wishes of the director as much as the budget can afford, especially in critical HOD roles.
You do not need to have directed a feature, but you will need a strong track record of directing in short films, television or possibly theatre to be considered. Low budget filmmaking is even harder if you do not have enough experience to draw on to help you cut corners and creatively trouble shoot.
Warp X is committed to improving the diversity of the film industry, both in the recruitment and portrayal of ethnic minorities living in Britain. This will be reflected in the diversity of our development slate and various training opportunities we offer in connection with Skillset. However all films are developed according to the same criteria – namely, that we believe creatively and commercially that the film must be made.
Yes, we will consider this option. The specific details of the co-production arrangement would differ depending on the level of experience the production company brings, whether some finance has already been secured, and how developed a package is presented to us.
If this does not answer your question please email us at the address below.