Following its hugely successful inaugural year in 2016, the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® sees the continuation, with the BFI and LFF’s Official Time Partner IWC Schaffhausen, of its Bursary Award to support exceptional new and emerging UK filmmakers. The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI is a £50,000 award to benefit an outstanding British writer, director, or writer/director whose first or second fiction feature film premieres at the BFI London Film Festival.
The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award is awarded annually, forming a key part of the BFI London Film Festival’s commitment to UK film and those who drive its creative success.
This Bursary Award is designed to give the UK’s brightest and best up-and-coming filmmakers the gift of time – a crucial element in the creative process. The recipient of the award will receive £50,000 from IWC Schaffhausen at LUMINOUS, the BFI’s glittering Gala fundraiser on 3 October 2017, for which IWC Schaffhausen is also headline sponsor, the evening before the LFF’s Opening Night this year. The Bursary Award is designed to provide the chosen filmmaker with the freedom to develop – both themselves and their projects – ensuring their future success.
British-based first or second time directors or writers of fiction feature films which are otherwise eligible and which are entered through open submissions or entered by a sales or distribution partner will have the opportunity to formally submit an application for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award after the film is invited to the Festival.
Read the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award FAQs by downloading the PDF below.
Find out how to submit your film to the BFI London Film Festival by downloading the PDF below.
- Learn more about the IWC & BFI Partnership
- Among the many similarities shared by IWC Schaffhausen and the BFI, preserving the quality of masterpieces is a key focus
- IWC Schaffhausen are also the Official Time Partner of the BFI and BFI London Film Festival and headline sponsor of LUMINOUS. Find out more