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

Applications open: 26 April 2021
Applications close: 7 June 2021

Early Development Funding is for Writers with exciting ideas for a debut feature - particularly if you haven’t yet teamed up with a Producer.

Funding grants will contribute towards the key early stages of feature development such as writing an initial treatment, researching ideas and creating related materials. In addition to financial support, filmmakers will benefit from the creative oversight of our Talent Executives.

After providing funding to kick-start your development process, we'll offer feedback on the work you produce, introduce you to potential collaborators and help you consider how your ideas might connect with audiences.

Early Development Funding aims to propel your project towards its next stage of development. The fund is open to Writers who have not yet had a feature script produced and distributed,  as well as producers and directors who are working with new writers.

How to apply

Applications for Early Development Funding are made via the BFI’s grant request platform. Before you can proceed with your application, you will be asked to log in or create and account.

Applications for the Spring 2021 funding round open on Monday, 26 April 2021 and close on Monday, 7 June 2021. You should hear the result of your application by the end of September 2021.

Begin your application

Before applying, please download the funding guidelines listed on this page and read them thoroughly to ensure your project is in the best position to succeed.

You can also download a preview of the application form from this page. This document is to help applicants prepare their projects offline and are for reference only - all applications should be made via the BFI grant request platform.