FUNDING AVAILABLE

Find out about the BFI NETWORK funding available in England.

SHORT FILM FUNDING

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 supports the production costs of 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.

We support standalone short films and this can include projects that have the potential, further down the line, to be developed into other forms or formats (e.g. a feature film, content in serial form, etc.). The fund is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material. Films can be up to 15 minutes in length and we can provide up to £15,000 of funding, but shorter work at lower budget levels is very welcome.

Our funding is accompanied by creative oversight of the short film by a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive. As well as working with filmmakers prior to and during production, the Talent Executives may be able to advise you on:

  • finding screening opportunities regionally and further afield;
  • potential collaborators for your project;
  • festival strategy for your film;
  • other means to gain industry exposure for your work.

GUIDELINES

Please read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.

APPLYING

Before you proceed to the application form via the link below, please note that applicants will be asked to create an account. This is requested for the applicants’ convenience, in order to allow the application to be saved before it is submitted.

Following submission of the application to the BFI, applicants will be sent a unique application ID for their records.

If you have already submitted an application and would like to review it at any point, you can log into your account here.

Download our budget template here

EARLY DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

If you’re a 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 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 feature writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials. Successful applicants will receive a grant from the BFI together with oversight from a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive to support them in creating the documents. The Talent Executives provide creative input and feedback on the initial treatments and related work, and can assist projects in other ways: from connecting people with potential collaborators, to enabling them to consider how their ideas might impact with audiences. This support aims to propel your project towards its next stage of development.

GUIDELINES

Please read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.

APPLYING

Before you proceed to the application form via the link below, please note that applicants will be asked to create an account. This is requested for the applicants’ convenience, in order to allow the application to be saved before it is submitted.

Following submission of the application to the BFI, applicants will be sent a unique application ID for their records.

If you have already submitted an application and would like to review it at any point, you can log into your account here.