Funding for production and development

We make in the region of 25 major production awards each year and provide development support for approximately 100 feature projects.

We welcome production applications from new and established filmmakers. Priority will be given to projects and filmmaking teams that demonstrate a bold vision and creative excellence, and that are unlikely to be fully financed by the marketplace.

We cannot fully finance the production of a feature film, regardless of the budget, and therefore most applications requesting full financing, or full financing except for the UK film tax relief, will be rejected automatically.

Applications can be made to the Film Fund at any time, and you should expect to receive an initial response from us within six to eight weeks.

To make an application, visit the BFI Film Fund application website.

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Development funding – recent changes

As of August 2013, the Film Fund only accepts live action, fictional feature film development applications from filmmakers who have already had a feature film produced and theatrically distributed. Please note we still accept development funding applications for Animated Films and Documentaries from filmmakers who have yet to make their first feature.

For emerging filmmakers seeking development funding for their live action feature film, we have launched the Talent development and short films – a new UK-wide talent development programme in partnership with National Screen Agencies, helping new and emerging filmmakers to reach their full potential.

All live action applications for development funding from emerging talent (i.e. if the writer and/or director attached to your project has yet to have a feature film produced and released) should now be made directly to the NET.WORK.

More information on the NET.WORK, and how and where to apply to, is available here. Please note this it is a different application process from the Film Fund system detailed below.

  • Film Fund FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about applying for development and production funding.

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