About us

BFI NETWORK exists to support, develop and champion new filmmakers looking to kick-start their career.

Made possible through National Lottery funding, we collaborate with film organisations and leading cultural venues across the UK to provide short film and early feature development funding, industry-backed professional development and networking support to producers, writers and directors of all ages.

Meet the team

BFI Network South West Talent Executive Alice Cabanas

Alice Cabañas - Head of BFI NETWORK

Alice Cabañas is the Head of BFI NETWORK joining from Film Hub South West where she was a Talent Executive. Previously Alice worked with the British Council’s Film Team, where she has was the Film Programme Manager, managing the short film and new talent support offer, including the Travel Grant scheme and an annual calendar of events for new and emerging UK filmmakers. Working closely with international programmers and buyers, Alice promoted UK short films across the globe. Alongside working with UK filmmakers, Alice looked after global exhibition projects, including running the EU Film Festival offer internationally.

Alice joined the British Council after three years with Encounters Festival, based in Bristol. Alice headed up communications, strategy and development for the Festival, and ran several year-round training and development initiatives for new and emerging filmmakers. Alice has also been a mentor for several new talent schemes within the creative sector including Guiding Lights and Re:Present.

Caragh Davison - BFI NETWORK Talent Programme Manager

Caragh is BFI NETWORK’s Talent Programme Manager, working on UK-wide activity to support new and emerging filmmakers with a focus on designing their flagship talent development programmes such as NETWORK@LFF and NETWORK Weekender. She also sits across the BFI Film Fund’s Editorial team and looks after the More Films For Freedom funding programme in partnership with British Council. She is a voter for BIFA and has previously worked as a short film programmer. Her mission is to burst the industry bubble and throw the doors open to new filmmakers from all walks of life.

Shaun Harrison - BFI NETWORK Coordinator

Shaun is the BFI NETWORK Coordinator joining from Film Hub North where he was the Events & Outreach Officer. Starting in a multiplex cinema over 15 years ago, Shaun now has many years’ experience working with cinemas including time in ticketing, programming, live events and development roles. Before moving into a Talent Development with Film Hub North he worked with the Toronto International Film Festival and DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Canada and supported independent arts and culture venues as a freelance AV technician in the UK. Shaun is passionate about making the industry more open and accessible to filmmakers and creatives from all backgrounds

Got a questions for us? No problem! Here’s a handy guide to the BFI NETWORK site, which offers nationwide advice and insights into the film industry:

Where can I enquire about funding for my film?

BFI NETWORK is broken down into hubs, so that you can receive support and funding on a regional level. Head to our Funding Finder section for more information on funding, plus industry-focused events and support in your area.

I could do with some additional help and advice on filmmaking…

We publish excellent articles (if we do say so ourselves) that encompass all manner of filmmaking voices, from award-winning writers to first-time directors and breakout stars. Our News and Features section has it all.

Where can I find some examples of BFI NETWORK-funded shorts?

We’ve hand-picked a selection of short films made by emerging filmmakers in our Funded by NETWORK section that you can view at your leisure! Keep up to date with film and events news by following us on Twitter.

To meet our talent executives around the country head to the Funding Finder.