About Us

The Pixel Mill

The Pixel Mill is a collaborative co-working space in the Ormeau Baths Innovation Centre for game development teams from across Northern Ireland. Offering a ground-breaking incubation programme for UK and Ireland with industry mentorship, access to funding and links to local Universities. The Pixel Mill will also serve a larger role as a gaming community meeting place and a platform for local gaming initiatives. The Pixel Mill is funded by Northern Ireland Screen with support from the Department for the Economy.

Each year Northern Ireland Screen invites applications from companies to take part in The Pixel Mill programme. Successful applicants will receive support to build their teams, market their capabilities and navigate third party relations.

KEY AIMS OF THE PIXEL MILL:

  • Support a sustainable screen industry in Northern Ireland.
  • Provide games business with the support to access external finance.
  • Prepare teams for taking their concepts through to production and to release.
  • Develop high quality teams and projects that are aligned to opportunities.

WHAT YOU GET:

  • Up to 12 months free access to incubation space and facilities.
  • Weekly coaching to address Business, Marketing, Operating and Partner milestones.
  • Invitation to apply to the Northern Ireland Screen Fund to develop projects that support agreed business goals.
  • Pitch for platform, tech and marketing support.
  • Access to extensive user testing facilities to gather feedback for projects.
  • Opportunity to pitch for production funding of £100k through the Assembler programme.
  • Invitation to UK/EU market trade delegations.

Companies going through this programme will be encouraged to attract additional finance to their project either through revenue, crowd sourcing or investment.

ELIGIBILITY:

The programme is aimed at:

  • Limited companies.
  • Teams with clearly defined production, creative and technical roles.
  • Involved in the development of Interactive Entertainment.
  • Available for weekly meetings and reviews on site at THE PIXEL MILL.

For further information on how to apply for the next recruitment round, please email: thepixelmill@northernirelandscreen.co.uk.

What you get

To support the development of application materials, Northern Ireland Screen is hosting a series of short pre-start workshops at Northern Ireland Screen, 3rd Floor Alfred House, 21 Alfred Street, Belfast BT2 8ED and applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Free access

Up to 12 months free access to incubation space and facilities.

Weekly coaching

Weekly coaching to address Business, Marketing, Operating and Partner milestones.

Funding

Invitation to apply to the Northern Ireland Screen Fund to develop projects that support agreed business goals.

Support

Pitch for platform, tech and marketing support.

testing facilities

Access to extensive user testing facilities to gather feedback for projects.

production funding

Opportunity to pitch for production funding of £100k through the Assembler programme.