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: 14 March 2022
Applications close: 2 May 2022, midday

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 will open on Monday 14 March 2022 and close on Monday 2 May 2022, midday. Applicants informed of decision on Monday 18 July 2022.

You can download funding guidelines and an application preview from the Spring 2021 application window on this page. Please note that these are archival documents and are only provided for reference. These documents may be updated for future funding rounds.

If you have access requirements that mean you need assistance when applying for funds, you can request help through the BFI Access Support Scheme.  

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