Each month we showcase the best submissions in our monthly NETWORK picks. Watch the work we're excited about and find out more about the filmmakers.
The Postroom is a place where new filmmakers can share their work directly with NETWORK and industry executives. If you’ve written, directed or produced a short film, or written a short screenplay you hope to get made, you can send your completed script or film to us here. Every submission is watched or read by a member of the NETWORK team and if they’re excited by it, they may choose to get in touch.
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. 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 be eligible to apply for a cash award to help produce their next short film. If you are selected as a NETWORK Pick and don’t want to make another short film, we’ll still champion your work online, and see how else we might help you progress your career.
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 have yet to been produced. One filmmaker 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 funding and ongoing professional development. All you need to do is create a Postroom account, which takes just a few minutes.
Read detailed guidelines and eligibility criteria
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.
The Postroom is primarily for filmmakers looking to fund their next short film idea. But if you’re just looking to get on our radar, then there will be an opportunity to tell us this when signing up. If you are looking for funding through our NETWORK Picks initiative, then you should share work that has been produced in the last two years only.
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. Whilst we wish we could feedback on every submission we receive, due to the volume and the size of our team, we’re unable to do so.
We will get in touch with you we’d like to feature your project as a NETWORK Pick, or in our highlights section; Best Of Postroom. Execs may also reach out just to find out more about you and your work. If you don’t hear anything from us, then we encourage you to keep making work and look forward to seeing more of it in the future.
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 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.