Feature development funding

The Film Fund supports over 50 projects a year in development at varying levels of progress, from treatment stage right through to pre-prep.

We accept live action, fictional feature film development applications from filmmakers who have already had a feature film produced and theatrically distributed.

Please note we also 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 BFI NET.WORK – 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.

Read more about the BFI NET.WORK, and how and where to apply. Please note that this is a different application process from the Film Fund system detailed below.

Guidelines

Please ensure you have read the full information document for our funding before you complete the application form, and take careful note of the changes in our funding elaborated on above.

Applying to the Film Fund

Before you proceed to the application form below, please note that applicants who wish to apply to the Film Fund are first asked to create an account. This is requested for the applicants’ convenience, in order to allow the application to be saved before submitting it.

The account also allows the British Film Institute to confirm by email that the application has been received. At this point, applicants will be sent a unique application ID for their records. Once applicants have an account set up, future applications will be pre-populated with their contact details.

To make a new application to the Film Fund if you already have an account login, or to create an account login if you are a new applicant, please proceed to the application form below:

Make a Film Fund application

The applicant will be able to access all previously submitted applications, including in-progress applications, at any point by logging into their account:

Account login

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  • Film Fund FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about applying for development and production funding.

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