WHAT IS THE POSTROOM?
The BFI NETWORK website was launched in June 2015 and since then we have seen short films and scripts submitted by hundreds of new filmmakers. These are sent to us through the Postroom: an online space for filmmakers to showcase their work and connect with BFI NETWORK and industry executives.
You can submit up to three short films and/or short scripts to the Postroom, which will be shared with BFI NETWORK executives throughout the UK. There are lots of reasons why we may be looking in the Postroom, so make sure the work on your profile best represents you as a filmmaker. You can update your submissions whenever you’d like.
WHY SUBMIT WORK?
As supporting material for a funding application.
To engage with execs, who may get in contact with you directly to discuss your work.
To be selected as a part of a Best Of. We showcase our favourite films in our quarterly Best of the Postroom to help champion you and your work.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’VE UPLOADED WORK AS PART OF AN APPLICATION?
If you’ve submitted examples of previous work to the Postroom in support of an application for BFI NETWORK Short Film or Early Development funding, you will receive a formal response to this application, as outlined in the guidelines for each type of funding.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY WORK IS PICKED FOR THE QUARTERLY BEST OF?
Every quarter we will showcase the ‘Best of the Postroom’, celebrating the voice and vision of writers, directors and producers who have submitted work. The ‘Best Of’ selection includes scripts for work not yet produced as well as short films that have grabbed our attention
If we have chosen to showcase your work in the ‘Best of the Postroom’ we will get in touch with you first to ensure that you are happy for your work to be made available publicly on our website as we understand that a lot of the work submitted may still be on its festival run and must be kept private during this time.
WHAT KIND OF WORK WILL BFI NETWORK SHOWCASE?
We love bold, visionary, disruptive work from storytellers with a distinctive voice and vision. This can include short form projects from all categories including fiction, documentary, animation, or more experimental. Your project can be shot on any format, and we are excited by work that pushes at the boundaries of existing forms and platforms. We hope to be surprised by exceptional stories told in a dynamic way.
HOW DO I CREATE A POSTROOM ACCOUNT AND START UPLOADING MY WORK?
In order to upload your work to the Postroom you simply need to create a Postroom account here. You can then upload up to three pieces of work, whether that’s in the form of short films or short scripts, and start putting together your filmmaker profile.
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 of work submitted and the size of our team, we’re unable to do so.
We will get in touch with you if we’d like to feature your project in our quarterly ‘Best Of the Postroom’. Execs may also reach out to you 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.