Funding finder

Funding is available for new and emerging writers, directors or producers, to assist with short films, features and professional development.

We define a 'new' filmmaker as someone with little or no professional experience or film industry support, but a track record in self-funded or student films, theatre, radio or visual arts.  

We define an 'emerging' filmmaker as having acquired some professional experience, perhaps producing work which has earned industry or public attention, but have yet to write, direct or produce a feature film.

Funding is not always determined by where you live, so please check details of all schemes, as you may be eligible.




Each filmmaker whose work is chosen to be showcased as a NETWORK Pick will able to apply for a cash award to help produce their next short film.

Emerging Talent Shorts

Creative England

Emerging Talent Shorts supports directors or writer/directors. Proposed short films must have been developed to first draft or beyond, run between 10 and 30 minutes, and be achievable within a budget of £10,000 to £50,000.


Ffilm Cymru Wales

Beacons gives new and emerging filmmakers the opportunity to test their skills, with awards of up to £15,000 and the chance to raise further funding through crowdfunding or third party deals.

London Calling

Film London

London Calling offers awards of up to £4,000 to new and emerging London-based filmmaking teams to produce a short film. Training and mentoring is provided throughout.

London Calling Plus

Film London

London Calling Plus provides similar support to London Calling, offers production awards of up to £15,000 and is for London-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent with significant storytelling experience.

New Shorts Focus

Northern Ireland Screen

New Shorts Focus is an initiative to find Northern Ireland resident filmmakers exclusively from groups that are underrepresented in the film and television sector.

Shorts to Features

Northern Ireland Screen

Shorts to Features provides an opportunity for emerging creative teams to create a live action or documentary short film which is tonally and thematically aligned with their feature film ambitions. Awards of up to £20,000 will be made.

Short Film Call

Northern Ireland Screen

Individual Production Awards of up to £2,250 are available to new writers/directors to show what they can do. And awards of up to £7,500 for production companies looking to develop working relationships between emerging writers and directors who need their talents.

Scottish Shorts

Scottish Film Talent Network

Scottish Shorts is a comprehensive short film development and production programme for new filmmakers. Five high quality shorts will be commissioned with budgets ranging from £5,000 to £10,000.

Emerging Talent Shorts

Scottish Film Talent Network

Emerging Talent Shorts supports filmmakers who would benefit from making another short before embarking on their first feature.



Emerging Talent Features

Creative England

Emerging Talent Features supports writers, directors or writer/directors. Awards generally do not exceed £30,000 and may contribute towards option costs, research, writer's and producer's fees, director's services, and other costs as may be agreed.

Horizons Fund

Ffilm Cymru Wales

The Horizons Fund will support up to 25 filmmakers to nurture their feature film projects and career development with awards of up to £6,000 each.

Micro Market

Film London

Micro Market connects emerging filmmakers with financiers looking to fund micro-budget and low-budget projects. Selecting 20 feature film projects and teams, it provides crucial training to develop the film’s package and a place at the Market to meet financiers, sales and distribution.


Film London

Microwave targets first time feature film makers providing industry led training, funded development and production and distribution funds. Over three years Film London will make six new features, while developing a total of 36 projects. The applying producer must be London-based.

New Writers Focus

Northern Ireland Screen

Writers based in Northern Ireland and new to feature film are eligible to apply. The one year development scheme includes residential seminars, writers room, and project and writer development.

Script development awards

Northern Ireland Screen

Script development awards are available for companies to develop feature film, television drama scripts and digital content. The awards are up to £10,000 per stage, to a maximum of £40,000.

First Feature Development

Scottish Film Talent Network

Tailored support is available for emerging filmmakers to develop their first feature project. This support may include writers’ fees, story editing, script development, mentoring, work-shopping or other professional development.


Professional development

Build Your Audience

Film London

London-based workshops to help filmmakers learn how to distribute, sell and promote their feature film.


Northern Ireland Screen

New writers and directors are eligible to attend Net.workshops to help develop production skills. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Talent Programme Bursary

Scottish Film Talent Network

SFTN offer a Talent Programme Bursary designed to support writers, directors and producers to attend development programmes, talent labs, single workshops and seminars. Filmmakers can apply for bursaries to support travel, accommodation, fees and accreditation costs.


Other resources

4Talent: initiatives and experience for those wishing to work across media, to inspire real change – both in the industry itself and in people's lives.
BAFTA Guru: advice and schemes to help the next generation of creatives shine through.
BBC Writersroom: responsive, proactive and an open door to writers, seeking out fresh voices from across the UK. This project exists to support, develop and challenge writers throughout their careers, across the BBC.
BFI Film Academy: open to anyone aged 16-19 from anywhere in the UK and from any background. BFI Film Academy offers a real chance to be part of our future film industry.
Brit Doc: support and resources for documentary filmmakers. Its focus is on supporting great films, brokering partnerships, building business, sharing knowledge and attracting new audiences. 
British Council: links UK films and filmmakers to international audiences, working to find opportunities for creative exchange.
Creative Skillset: the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, working across film, television, radio, fashion, animation, games, visual effects and more.
Crowdfunding: is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. The best-known crowdfunding sites include Indiegogo, Kickstarter and gofundme, but there are many more.
Doc Fest: Sheffield Doc/Fest is a film festival, industry sessions programme and marketplace, offering pitching opportunities, discussion panels, in-depth filmmaker masterclasses, and inspirational documentary films.
Eave: provides professional training opportunities to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships.
Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab: gives emerging filmmakers the opportunity to discuss the industry, their projects and ideas with a selection of invited industry professionals including sales agents, executive producers, literary agents, story editors and distributors.
Film London Talent Connect: find writers, directors and producers to collaborate with.
Guiding Lights: supports upcoming filmmakers and professionals through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities.  
Hiive: the professional network for creative people, allowing you to show your work, forge connections and join 'swarms' to share ideas.
Inside Pictures: programme that supports the development of an ever-stronger European film industry through the development of world-class leaders.
iShorts Connect: has been set up to help writers, directors and producers who would like to apply to Creative England's iShorts scheme connect with one another and grow their team of collaborators.
Shooting People: an online community for independent filmmakers. Connects filmmakers, creatives, cast and crew with opportunities in film.