Early Development Funding

Support for treatments and research for features in early development

Funding available

Up to £1,000 writer fee, £500 producer fee
Support for other stages of early development

Dates and deadlines

Rolling fund, no set deadline to apply
Receive feedback within 8 weeks

Early Development Funding is the fund for new writers with exciting, bold ideas - particularly if you haven’t yet teamed up with a producer.

Funding grants will contribute towards the key early stages of feature development - writing an initial treatment, researching ideas and creating related materials - and are supplemented by the creative oversight of our Talent Executives.

Support is available to writers who have not yet had a feature script produced and distributed, and to producers and directors who are working with new writers. We’ll provide funding to kick-start the very beginning of your development process, as well as offering feedback on the work you produce, connecting you with potential collaborators and helping you consider how your ideas might impact with audiences.

Early Development Funding aims to propel your project towards its next stage of development.

Apply now

Applications for Early Development Funding can be made at any time via the BFI NETWORK website. When first using the online application portal, you will be asked to create an account - you should also create an account for the BFI NETWORK Postroom, an online space for filmmakers to post previous short films or new scripts, where they can be viewed by industry executives.

Register for your Postroom and Application account now.