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

Dates and deadlines

Currently closed
Reopens: w/c 26 April 2021 (TBC)

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.

How to apply

Applications for Short Film Funding are currently closed. The Spring 2021 application window is due to open in the week commencing 26 April. We'll announce further details when dates are confirmed. 

In advance of the Spring application window opening, you can download previous funding guidelines, an application form preview and a budget template from this page. These files are for archival purposes - but reviewing them may help inform your project planning prior to applications opening and new documentation being issued in Spring 2021.

If you're a filmmaker working in documentary, check out the BFI Doc Society Fund managed by our friends at Doc Society.