Film Hub South East is led by the Independent Cinema Office, who work in partnership across the South East, including with regional partners Saffron Screen and Depot in Lewes. The ICO programme a network of over 20 cinemas, festivals and mixed arts venues, offer training and consultancy and distribute films.

Find out what’s happening in your area by scrolling down the page or visiting the Film Hub South East website.

This page is updated regularly, so we recommend you keep checking back for new opportunities.

Your local talent executives

Tom Wightman

Tom Wightman

Tom joins from the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) where he’s managed STOP PLAY RECORD, a London-wide commissioning programme for emerging filmmakers. STOP PLAY RECORD ran from 2015 to 2018 and during this time Thomas commissioned, developed and executive produced 72 short films made by filmmakers aged 16-24 for the Channel 4 Random Acts series. The programme also provided free monthly workshops for young people interested in all aspects of filmmaking. Prior to joining the ICA, Thomas worked for the BBC and gained independent commissions as a producer and director in film and visual arts.

Nicole Davis

Prior to joining BFI NETWORK Film Hub South East as Talent Executive, Nicole has held positions at Film4, BFI and award-winning digital content agency Little Dot Studios as a producer. 

Alongside this, Nicole is also a freelance writer and podcaster. She is the host and creator of Best Girl Grip, a weekly interview podcast that navigates the film industry through the lens of the women doing just that. 


Our Short Film funding programme supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.

This fund is for fiction shorts, in both live action and animation. We want to support short films that:

  • bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen;
  • provide space for experimentation and idea-testing;
  • advance the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public.


Our Early Development funding programme supports projects with writers based in England. If you’re a new writer with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you.

‘New writers’ are people who have not yet have written a feature film script that has been produced and distributed. This fund is also for producers and directors working with new writers.

This fund is the first step in the BFI’s development support for live action and animated fiction projects from new writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials.