Saturday 23 April 2022

BFI Short Film Fund Open for Film Submissions.


Are you an inspiring film maker with a story to tell but no funding to bring your dream to life? The BFI Short Film Fund 2022/23 is still open for submissions offering successful applicants funds up to a maximum of £15,000 along with production and promotional support from top industry executives. Better hurry as the closing date for submissions is midday on 2nd May 2022.

The Short Film Fund is one of many of the BFI Network's funding initiatives supported by the National Lottery Fund to help up and coming filmmakers from all the country secure finances for their films. The initiative is open to directors in the early stages of their careers based in England helping with production costs of fiction shorts. The submission should aim to deliver on the BFI Network's core objectives and to support the following;

  • take risks on talent, form and content
  • recognise quality of difference in perspective, talent, and recruitment
  • cultural references and progressive ideas
  • working with directors from all over the country.
The programme supports stand alone short films with a maximum running time of 15 minute and can included ones that have the potential to develop further be it into a feature films or as a multi-episodic serial. However since the aim of the fund is to stimulate new stories and ideas, adaptations are excluded from consideration. In addition to financial support, the fund partners BFI Network will provide talent executives who will advise on the following;

  • seeking out screening opportunities
  • help with networking with potential collaborators
  • develop a festival strategy
  • advise on any other means of exposure

The dealing for submissions is midday 2nd May 2022, and applicants will be informed of the outcome by 18th July. Click here to read the guidelines. For a helpful guide read the ICO's (Independent Cinema Office) case study in budgeting featuring Tuli Litvak, producer of the BFI NETWORK South East supported 'Bingo Queens'.

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