Available funding

Find out about current funding available to filmmakers in the South East.

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Short film funding Early development funding

There are two current strands of funding available to filmmakers in the South East (as defined by the BFI – see map) via BFI NETWORK:

  • Short film funding
  • Early development funding

If you have any questions about either fund, please contact our Talent Executive, Tom Wightman: bfinetwork@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk.

Short film funding

Run in partnership with BFI NETWORK, the short film fund is for fiction shorts (both live action and animation) made by filmmakers in the South East region. We want to support short films that:

  • bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen
  • provide space for experimentation and idea-testing
  • advance the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public

This fund provides grants to support the production costs of short films. Each funding award is accompanied by creative oversight of the short film by our Talent Executive, Tom Wightman. As well as working with filmmakers prior to and during production, Tom may also be able to advise you on:

  • finding screening opportunities regionally and further afield;
  • potential collaborators for your project;
  • festival strategy for your film;
  • other means to gain industry exposure for your work.

For details including full guidelines, visit the BFI NETWORK website.

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Tom Wightman:
bfinetwork@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Early development funding

The Early Development funding programme supports projects with writers based in the South East region. If you’re a new writer with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you.

‘New writers’ are people who have not yet have written a feature film script that has been produced and distributed. This fund is also for producers and directors working with new writers.

This fund is the first step in the BFI’s development support for live action and animated fiction projects from new writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials.

For details including full guidelines, visit the BFI NETWORK website.

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Tom Wightman:
bfinetwork@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

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