Training Courses

Film Hub South East
BFI NETWORK Short Film Development Programme

01/01/2021 - 30/04/2021

Various dates

The Film Hub South East BFI NETWORK Short Film Development Programme will run from January 2021 – April 2021.

The aim of this programme is to help writers and writer/directors develop an early stage idea for a short film into a script over the course of four months.

We will select up to ten writers based in the South East to attend sessions online, meeting regularly to collaboratively develop their short narratives from early ideas to short treatments to completed drafts.

Workshops will be facilitated by script and story editors and Film Hub South East BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Thomas Wightman plus other industry guests, delivering peer-to-peer mentoring and feedback sessions as well as providing individual guidance and notes for writer development. We will also invite producers to meet with all selected writers for script pitching sessions.

The deadline to apply to the programme is Sunday 29 November 2020.

Dates

01/01/2021 - 30/04/2021
Various dates

Fees

Free

Who can apply?

Participation in the Film Hub South East BFI NETWORK Short Film Development Programme is free and open to writers working in any creative discipline who have an idea for a short film under 15 minutes in length.

Please note that: 

  • We welcome applications from individuals as well as co-writing teams. You do not need to be working with a producer or director in order to apply.
  • You must be based in the South East region (as defined by the BFI) and able to commit to attending a range of writing workshops, development sessions and industry events, as well as completing assigned writing work between meetings.
  • Your script ideas must be original e.g. not based on existing novels, short stories or other literary works.
  • This programme is for early short film script ideas, not ideas that are already in script form. If you have a more developed idea with an existing script, we suggest you consider applying for BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding.
  • The programme is free and will remain online under the current circumstances.
  • The full programme schedule is to be confirmed.

How to apply

  1. Click ‘Apply now’ at the top of this page.
  2. Complete the application form by 29 November 2020.
  3. If you need any support in completing your application, please contact us at: bfinetwork@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Please note that there is a selection process and we aim to let all applicants know the outcome of their registrations by end of Friday 18 December 2020.

If you have any queries about the application process or your eligibility, please contact us at: bfinetwork@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

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How to apply

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To apply, please fill out the below form by 29 November 2020.

Film Hub South East BFI NETWORK Short Film Development Programme Application Form

If you require any access support with completing this form please contact us at: bfinetwork@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk.

Participation in the Film Hub South East Short Film Development Programme is free and open to writers working in any creative discipline who have an idea for a short film less than 15 minutes in length.

Before completing this application form, please ensure you have read through the ‘Who can apply?’ section above and that you and your project fulfill the criteria.

Please note that there is a selection process and we aim to let all applicants know the outcome of their applications by end of Friday 18 December 2020.



















  • We want to make sure we can provide the adjustments you need to ensure you get the most out of the programme.


  • Max 200 words, or answer via audio/video in under 1 minute. Any files can be added at the end of the form.
  • Max 150 words, or answer via audio/video in under 1 minute. Any files can be added at the end of the form.
  • Max three sentences (~75 words), or answer via audio/video in under 1 minute. Any files can be added at the end of the form.
  • Max 100 words, or answer via audio/video in under 1 minute. Any files can be added at the end of the form.
  • Please include a sample of your writing (max. 2 pages A4) and/or a link to any of your work you think applicable. Any files can be added at the end of the form.
  • Please upload any files you’d like considered in your application here. Make sure to label the file name so that it’s clear which part of the application form it refers to. If the files are too big to upload here, please share a download link to the files in the relevant part of the application form.
    Drop files here or

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If you need any support in completing your application or have any queries about the application process or your eligibility, please contact us at: bfinetwork@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Criteria

Before applying online, check you meet the criteria: Who can apply?

Please note that there is a selection process and we aim to let all applicants know the outcome of their registrations by end of Friday 18 December 2020.

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