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 2021 deadlines

Applications open: 31 August
Applications close: 27 September

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 made via the BFI's grant request platform. In order to start your application, you will be asked to log in or create an account.

Begin an application

Applications in this round of funding close at midday on Monday, 27 September.

Before applying, please download the funding guidelines from this page and read them thoroughly to ensure your project is a good fit for the fund and is in the best position to succeed.

You can also download a preview of the application form along with various templates and additional guidance. These documents are provided to help applicants prepare their projects offline - all formal applications should be made via the BFI grant request platform.

For more information about the application process, the support available to help you submit an application and further rounds of Short Film Funding, visit the main BFI NETWORK website.

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