Training Courses

BFI NETWORK Connect + Collab 2022

17/02/2022 - 17/02/2022

09:00 - 20:00

Calling writers, directors and producers, our 2022 Connect + Collab call for applications is now live!

Film Hub South East, Midlands and South West are running the next edition of Connect + Collab in February 2022, an online networking event designed to bring together filmmaking teams to work on short-form narrative projects that would be eligible for BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding.


17/02/2022 - 17/02/2022
09:00 - 20:00



What is Connect + Collab?

The event is open to UK-based producers and writers and/or directors based in the South West, South East, or Midlands of England.

It is the perfect place for writers and/or directors with exciting short film ideas to find a producer to develop their project with, as well as an opportunity for producers to expand their slate and identify new, creative ideas that stand out.

All producers who take part will automatically get the chance to book a 1:1 slot with a regional Talent Executive and talk about any ideas they are interested in putting forward as an application to the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund. They will also be invited to join a free masterclass on producing short film as part of the event on Thursday 17 February, with Screen International Star of Tomorrow & BAFTA Breakthrough producer Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, hosted by NFTS Wales.

Connect + Collab will be hosted via Deal Room, an online meeting platform that will allow you to create a profile and book in 1:1 video call meetings with other participants between 9am – 8pm GMT on Thursday 17 February 2022.

It is the perfect space to network and explore potential collaborations with the intention of forming new filmmaking teams to apply to the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund, which opens again on Monday 14 March 2022.

In order to apply for BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding, teams need to have a minimum of two individuals across the three creative roles, e.g. separate individuals who are a writer-director and producer respectively, or a director working with a writer-producer. Director-producers are not eligible to apply.

The Spring 2022 BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding call out will be the only funding opportunity from BFI NETWORK in 2022 as we move into a new strategy period, therefore this is the only Connect + Collab event we will be running in 2022 – so don’t miss out!

Who can apply?

You must be aged 18+ and not in full-time education.

Producers based in the UK from all creative disciplines with aspirations to produce short films are eligible. We encourage those who are looking to take on new projects to expand their slate to apply.

Writers and/or directors from the South West, South East, and Midlands of England as defined by the BFI (BFI UK nations and regions map) who are actively working on a short film project.

Please ensure the film idea would be eligible for BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding (download the guidelines here). Connect + Collab is open to those who have not been funded by BFI NETWORK previously. 

Please note that writers and/or directors will be asked to provide a 1-page A4 treatment that outlines their short film idea, this will be shared with all producers who register for the event. By sending us your treatment you agree for it to be shared in this way.

As space is limited, there is a selection process before your attendance is confirmed, based on the strength of your ideas and suitability for BFI NETWORK funding.

Due to spaces being limited, as part of the assessment process we will take into consideration whether you applied and were accepted for our last event on Thursday 12 August 2021. If you were, then you will only be eligible to re-apply for this upcoming event in February with a new short film project idea, not the idea you used when you applied previously.


We are committed to accessibility and we will do everything we can to remove possible barriers to attendance so please let us know how we can make the experience as useful and comfortable as possible via the application form.

You can see a plain text preview of the application forms on the following links:

If you would like the application form in another format then please email us on:


  • Friday 17 December 2021: Applications open
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022: Applications close (11:59pm)
  • Thursday 3 February 2022: Applicants notified & Deal Room login link sent
  • Thursday 17 February 2022: Event date 9:00am – 8:00pm

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