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

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

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. Please note that this is the single funding round for the year 2022/23.

March 2023 marks the end of the BFI’s current strategy period, and our plans for talent development funding beyond this period will be announced in autumn 2022, with funds set to launch from April 2023 onwards.

  • Applications open: Monday, 14 March
  • Applications close: Monday, 2 May 2022 (midday)
  • Applicants informed of decision: Monday, 18 July 2022
  • Deadline for securing additional finance: September 2022 (exact date tbc)
  • Latest date for full delivery to BFI of the finished film and other delivery materials: 15 March 2023

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.

If you have access requirements that mean you need assistance when applying for funds, you can request help through the BFI Access Support Scheme. For more information about the application process, the support available to help you submit an application and future rounds of Short Film Funding, visit the main BFI NETWORK website

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