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 NETWORK Nights. We showcase our favourite films in our quarterly short film night at BFI Southbank 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 NETWORK NIGHTS?
NETWORK Nights is a quarterly short film and networking event at BFI Southbank. It's a chance for us to platform films and filmmakers that we love but haven't necessarily funded.
If we want to screen your work we will get in touch directly via email to invite you and your film to the next event.
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 NETWORK Nigths. 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.