Available funding

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

BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund – applications temporarily paused

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we have a large and expanding slate of BFI NETWORK short films which are currently on hold until it is safe and responsible for short film production to recommence. As a small team, we want to ensure we have the time and resource to fully support all awarded short film teams, so therefore we have taken the decision to temporarily pause applications to the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund in the South East until production has progressed with our current slate.

Over the next few months we will be working closely with our funded teams to ensure they can safely and practically implement the guidance for COVID safety on set, helping them to apply the measures required.

This pause in no way impacts our usual roster of professional development opportunities online, which will continue to run, including our new webinar series BFI NETWORK Live. The Early Development Fund in the South East will remain open as normal, and we will continue to offer bi-weekly 1-1 surgeries for those interested in applying for BFI NETWORK funding.

The BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund in the South East will close at 12 noon on Monday 6 July, if you have an application in progress please be sure to download and save any materials that you are working on but are not yet ready to formally submit, as it won’t be possible to retrieve any draft content when we re-open the fund.

Normally, 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 by 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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