Funding Finder

Funding opportunities for new UK writers, directors and producers.

OUR HUBS

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FILM HUB NORTH

Film Hub North is led by HOME Manchester, Showroom Workstation and Tyneside Cinema – working collectively to improve access to independent film.

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FILM HUB MIDLANDS

Film Hub Midlands is a partnership between Broadway, Nottingham and Flatpack Projects in Birmingham.

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FILM HUB LONDON

Film London works to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture.

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FILM HUB SOUTH EAST

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.

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FILM HUB SOUTH WEST

Film Hub South West is a growing network led by Watershed – the leading creative centre for film culture, invention and talent development in the South West.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE

Find out about the BFI NETWORK funding available in England.

OUR PARTNERS

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FFILM CYMRU WALES
Ffilm Cymru Wales supports the development of a creative, innovative, and inclusive film culture. Their schemes include The Horizons Fund and short film scheme Beacons, where they award up to £15k to Welsh-born or Welsh resident filmmakers.
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NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN

Northern Ireland Screen runs a number of short film schemes throughout the year. These schemes are aimed at developing Northern Ireland resident creative talent (writer, director producer teams).

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SCOTTISH FILM TALENT NETWORK

SFTN connects with new Scottish talent, from new entrants through to first-time feature filmmakers, by providing tailored support which best suits individual requirements alongside wider funding schemes and short film commissions.

BFI OPPORTUNITIES

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NETWORK SHORTS

Each month, we highlight one of our favourite shorts as a NETWORK Pick. If your film is chosen, we’ll showcase it online and you'll be eligible for funding for your next short film.

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BFI DEVELOPMENT FUND

The Film Fund aim to award funding to distinct and original live action and animated fiction film across a range of genres, approaches and perspectives. 

BFI PRODUCTION FUNDING

The Film Fund welcome production applications from new and established filmmakers. Priority will be given to projects and filmmaking teams that demonstrate a bold vision and creative excellence, and that are unlikely to be fully financed by the marketplace.

THE BFI DOC SOCIETY FUND

The BFI Doc Society Fund aims to develop storytellers from all parts of the country and all communities, backing shorts and feature projects with bold cultural and social ambitions.

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NETWORK@LFF

NETWORK @ LFF is an internationally focused professional development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival.

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NETWORK@FLARE MENTORSHIPS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BAFTA

BFI Flare, NETWORK and BAFTA have joined forces to provide a mentoring programme specifically for LGBTQ filmmakers on the way to making their first features.

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BFI NETWORK X BAFTA CREW

A year-round talent development programme for 150 writers, directors and producers who are actively working towards their debut feature.

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BFI FILM ACADEMY

BFI Film Academy is open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background. They offer a real chance for talented 16-19-year-olds to be part of our future film industry.

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BRITISH COUNCIL: SHORT SUPPORT SCHEME

British Council Film's Short Support Scheme (which includes their Short Film Travel Grant Fund) exists to support UK-based filmmakers to show their work internationally.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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CREATIVE SKILLSET

The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to supporting film-specific training.

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BBC WRITERS ROOM

BBC Writersroom works with writers at every stage of their career, working with talent across the whole of the UK. 

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BAFTA GURU

A hub for inspirational career advice from the very best in film, games and television.

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4TALENT

Whether you want to work at Channel 4 or at one of the independent production companies that make their programmes, 4Talent can help you take your media career anywhere.

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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: TALENT LAB

EIFF Talent Lab gives up-and-coming filmmakers an amazing opportunity to learn from the world’s key film industry players.

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EAVE PRODUCERS WORKSHOP

Train, develop, network. A year long programme focused on three intensive weeks featuring professional development through working on the development of fiction and documentary projects.

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SHOOTING PEOPLE

Shooting People connects you with thousands of filmmakers, actors, crew, technologists and industry to get films made and seen.

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SHEFFIELD DOC | FEST

For documentary filmmakers, Doc|Fest run a whole range of funding opportunities and professional development programmes.

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JAMESON FIRST SHOT

Each year writers and directors are selected to have their scripts made into short films by the team at Jameson First Shot. They also have the life-changing opportunity to direct an award-winning star.

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SAN FRANCISCO FILM: ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

SFFILM Makers provides significant financial and creative resources to independent filmmakers through a variety of grants, fellowships, residencies, and advisory services.

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE PROGRAMMES

Sundance Institute’s artist programs provide dynamic support at every step of the creative journey for individuals with distinct voices in film, theatre, film composing, episodic storytelling, and emerging platforms.

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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION

IDA is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture, offering grants and sponsorship for for independent docs.

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JBA AWARDS
The John Brabourne Awards - or JBAs - is a talent development programme designed to support emerging talent in the Film & TV industry with financial assistance.
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CROWDFUNDING

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people.

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BAFTA ROCLIFFE NEW WRITING

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition is a platform for aspiring screenwriters to have their work showcased and a fantastic opportunity to take their writing career to the next level. 

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BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRITS

Breakthrough Brits showcases and supports the next generation of British creative talent in film, games and television. Each year, up to 20 talented newcomers are selected by a stellar industry Jury to take part in a year-long mentoring and guidance programme.

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SCREEN STARS OF TOMORROW

Stars of Tomorrow is the film industry’s most successful new talent showcase, with an unrivalled track record for discovering fresh UK and Irish actors and key creatives.

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SIMON RELPH MEMORIAL BURSARY

The Simon Relph Bursary will continue his legacy by supporting emerging producers in the early stages of their profession.