Funding finder

Funding opportunities for new and emerging UK writers, directors and producers. 

Funding opportunities for new and emerging UK writers, directors and producers. 
 
BFI NETWORK exists to nurture and support new filmmaking talent in every region of the UK. To ensure that we continue achieving this, we’re growing the NETWORK and introducing new funding opportunities.
 
We’re thrilled that we can now offer financial support to the most promising talent we discover via the Postroom. If you’re just getting started as a filmmaker, this might be the next step up the ladder you’re looking for. It really couldn’t be easier to apply - simply create an account, send us your work, and we’ll consider you for a funding award towards your next project. 
 
If your work has already gained some attention but you’ve not yet made a feature film, you might be better served by the Emerging Talent Fund, which our colleagues at Creative England will continue to deliver throughout 2017. The fund supports feature film development, including the production of proof-of-concept shorts. We’ll also continue to work with Creative England on iFeatures, a development scheme for low‐budget debut features. 
 
Looking ahead, we’ll be embarking on a new strategy as laid out in BFI 2022, our five-year plan to ensure a bright future for British film. You can read the strategy in full here.
 
In the meantime, we’ll continue to support a wide range of funding schemes and initiatives all over the country. Check below for eligibility criteria and further details.
 
We’re also committed to providing filmmakers with year-round opportunities for professional development. We’re working to establish a world‐class talent lab that welcomes and nurtures new voices and ideas. We recently launched BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew, an exciting new scheme that offers members a year-round programme of masterclasses and networking events across the UK. And we’ll continue to curate events like NETWORK@LFF and the NETWORK Weekender, allowing new and emerging talents to come together and learn from industry veterans. 
 

Shorts

NETWORK Shorts

BFI NETWORK

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.

 


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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.

 

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Beacons

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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 will be up to £20,000.

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Short Film Call

Northern Ireland Screen

Individual Production Awards of up to £2,250 are available to new filmmakers to show what they can do. And awards of up to £7,500 for production companies looking to develop relationships with writers and directors.

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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.

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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.
 


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Features

BFI First Features

BFI Film Fund

The First Features funding strand from the BFI is aimed at producers working with a director on their first feature and projects are assessed at quarterly intervals.

 

QUATERLY DEADLINES

iFeatures

BFI, BBC & Creative England

iFeatures is Creative England’s low budget filmmaking initiative for films set in the English regions.

 


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Emerging Talent Features

Creative England

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

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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.

 

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Micro Market

Film London

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

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Microwave

Film London

Microwave targets first time feature film makers providing industry led training, funded development and production and distribution funds. 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Professional development

NETWORK @ LFF

BFI NETWORK

NETWORK @ LFF is an internationally focused professional development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, providing a unique opportunity for up to 15 UK writers and directors to participate in masterclasses, screenings, events and one to one meetings with industry professionals.

BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew

BFI NETWORK / BAFTA

BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew is an enhanced version of the popular professional development programme. It connects emerging 'below-the-line' talent with writers, directors and producers, providing a rare opportunity for peer to peer networking and development across all key roles within production.

Build Your Audience

Film London

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

Net.workshops

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

NEW

With Teeth: a comissioning fund designed to prioritise the artists’ vision, concieved by LSFF and supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Funding. 
 

FUNDING

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. 

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 IndiegogoKickstarter and gofundme, but there are many more.

IDA documentary fund: funding for feature-length documentarys that are explorations of original, contemporary stories and that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process.

Jameson First Shot: three writers/directors are annually selected to have their scripts made into short films by the team at Jameson First Shot.

The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund: support for riveting documentaries in post-production distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. 
 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guiding Lights: supports upcoming filmmakers and professionals through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities.  

Inside Pictures: programme that supports the development of an ever-stronger European film industry through the development of world-class leaders.

Sundance Labs: filmmaker labs for writing and directing that provide an opportunity for filmmakers to incubate their ideas.
 

NETWORKING

Cinema Jam: a community of directors, producers and film freelancers who meet up monthly. Networking events include screenings and Q&As with guest speakers.

Hiive: the professional network for creative people, allowing you to show your work, forge connections and join 'swarms' to share ideas.

Film London Talent Connect: find writers, directors and producers to collaborate with.

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.