The Postroom is where new filmmakers can share their work directly with industry executives, and stay up to speed with the latest funding and career development opportunities.
If you’ve written, directed or produced a short film, or written a short screenplay you hope to get made, you can send your script or completed project to us here. Every submission is watched or read by a member of the NETWORK team.
Each month, we highlight one of our favourite shorts as a NETWORK Pick. If your film is chosen, we’ll showcase it online and champion it on social media, with your prior consent.
Each quarter we celebrate the Best of the Postroom, shining a light on great films not previously selected as NETWORK Picks, as well as scripts for films that haven’t yet been produced.
Best of all, we’re now able to offer funding to the most exciting new filmmakers we discover here. The creator of each NETWORK Pick will able to apply for a cash award to help produce their next short film. Filmmakers profiled in the Best of the Postroom will also be considered for an award.
We’ll also keep you informed about other exciting opportunities, such as regional short film schemes and ongoing professional development. All you need to do is create a Postroom account, which takes just a few minutes.
What makes a NETWORK Pick?
Each year we watch hundreds of short films, and our NETWORK Picks all stand out from the crowd as examples of confident storytelling by filmmakers with a clear and compelling vision. We have no biases when it comes to genre, format or style, but we love films that demonstrate an experimental approach to form or content, and we’re committed to championing a diversity of voices. When considering filmmakers for funding, we also assess how their work reflects their ability to make the most of a given budget. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can watch previous NETWORK Picks.
How do I submit my work?
Simply create a NETWORK account by answering a few questions about you and your work. You can then submit up to three projects – either completed short films, scripts for unproduced projects, or a combination of the two. If you’re submitting a film, it should be no longer than 30 minutes, and hosted on either YouTube or Vimeo. We’re happy to accept password-protected files. Scripts should be no longer than 30 pages. Where applicable, we’ll also ask for information about the budget you worked with on your short film.
What happens if I’m offered an award?
If we’re considering you for an award, we’ll request a proposal for the project you’d like us to fund, including an outline, script and budget. If this is your first production, we’ll also need to see a detailed treatment.
Who’ll be assessing my work?
Postroom submissions are assessed by BFI Film Fund and BFI NETWORK staff across the UK. NETWORK Picks are overseen by the BFI Talent Development Manager, while our quarterly Best of the Postroom selections are made by a panel of industry experts.
Do you respond to everyone who sends you films and scripts?
If you send us work via the Postroom, you can rest assured that it will be watched or read by a member of our team. However, due to the large volume of projects we receive, we’re sadly unable to offer feedback on every submission.