BFI NETWORK England Short Film Funding Programme, offering grants of between £5,000 and £25,000, now open to writers, directors and producers (application deadline: 9th May 2024)

Submissions are now open for the BFI NETWORK England Short Film Funding Programme that provide support only for fiction projects with a director based in England.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 9th May 2024.

The BFI NETWORK is a collaboration between the British Film Institute (BFI), national film organisations and leading cultural venues around the UK.

The Fund supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the 5 English Film Hubs. The Hubs employ BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who review applications and work with filmmakers on their funded projects. This England-wide partnership means that more voices in more places can contribute to distinctive, original storytelling.

This fund is for fiction shorts, in live action, animation and immersive/VR. The use of the word ‘film’ in these guidelines encompasses each of those forms and media.

They support standalone projects. This may include those that have potential to be developed into longer form or serial form in the future. The fund is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material, unless a writer is adapting their own work for the screen (and if necessary, has secured the right to do so).

Funding is for between £5,000 and £25,000.

Significantly, the Fund has the following inclusion targets for writers, directors and producers:

o Disabled (including those with a longstanding physical or mental condition and those identifying as D/deaf or neuro diverse) – 18%.
o Black and Global Majority (London) – 40%.
o Black and Global Majority (outside London) – 30%.
o Those identifying within the gender binary (also monitoring trans and non-binary identities) – 50:50 gender.
o Sexual identity (those identifying as LGB+) – 10%, and
o Working-class background – 39%.

Further information about the Fund and how to apply can be found on the BFI website.