We’re thrilled to announce that NETWORK@LFF, our flagship talent development programme at the heart of the BFI London Film Festival, returns for 2022.

7 July 2022


Up to 12 trailblazing UK-based writers, directors and producers will join us for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and industry insights. They’ll be given the exclusive opportunity to be immersed in the LFF Programme and interact with leading international filmmakers and industry executives, as well as receive accreditation for the duration of the festival.


To get an idea of what to expect and the level of experience needed to apply we've got a roundup of the 2021 programme where you can find out the sessions our cohort participated in last year and a look back at our special UK-Wide programme of online events and content from the 2020 festival including filmmaker interviews, mixers and case studies.


This year, once again we’re looking for the boldest and brightest storytellers that the UK has to offer. Those who are ignited by an insatiable passion to make their voices known and push the boundaries of what audiences have come to expect from British Film. We want to hear from filmmakers who have a distinct quality to their work, a unique tone that sets them apart, a perspective we’ve yet to uncover.



We welcome creatives from all backgrounds and disciplines who are looking ahead to their debut feature or long form commission. This is your chance to show us yourselves – Who do you want to be? What do you want to make?






To be eligible for this year’s programme applicants must:

  • Be based in the UK
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Not be in full time education
  • Not have written, produced or directed a feature film that has received UK distribution (this includes via online platforms)
  • Have produced, written or directed a significant body of work and be looking to make the step to your first feature or long form commission. By significant body of work we mean a creative track record of multiple works in your field (that might include short film, music video, theatre, TV, web series) that have garnered industry recognition by way of funding or commissions, awards & festival selection, critical praise or a substantial online audience.

    We want to ensure that all time taken by filmmakers on their applications is time well spent, so please only make an application if you have a significant body of work behind you, consisting of multiple pieces. These will need to demonstrate that you are now moving beyond short form work into feature film or other long form media.


Applications are open until 5pm on Tuesday, 2 August. If you have questions about the programme or would like to chat about any access needs you have when submitting an application please get in touch at