Short Film Funding
Funding for production costs on shorts of up to fifteen minutes

Funding available

Up to £15,000 for production costs
Supporting shorts up to 15mins

Autumn 2020 deadlines

Applications open: 19 October
Applications close: 30 November

Short Film Funding supports directors based in the North who are working on fiction shorts in both live action and animation. 

Funding grants will contribute towards the production costs of short films and are supplemented by the creative oversight of our Talent Executives.

Support is available for short films that bring new voices to the screen, provide a space for experimentation and showcase the talent of the filmmakers involved. In addition to helping with production costs, we’ll assist by providing advice prior to and during production, and will work with you to maximise the impact of your completed film through festival strategies, exhibition opportunities and industry exposure.

Projects supported by Short Film Funding will be original ideas rather than adaptations of existing material. Films can be up to fifteen minutes in length and should work as standalone titles - though this can include projects that have the potential to be developed into other forms or formats.

Apply now

Applications for Short Film 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 application account

If you're a filmmaker working in documentary, please contact Doc Society who manage the BFI Doc Society Fund.