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BFI Film Fund

We are the film production heart of the BFI, and the largest public film fund in the UK.

Each year we invest over £26m of Lottery funds to support film development, production and distribution activity in the UK and the budget is set to rise to £30m by 2017.

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Our aim is to champion a breadth of bold and distinctive filmmaking across the UK; to nurture new talent; and to back the development, production and distribution of films that will enrich UK film culture and define the UK and its storytellers in the 21st century.

We welcome applications for film projects in all genres, and we are committed to promoting diversity in the filmmakers we support, the stories they tell and the audiences they reach.

We also support independent UK distributors to help ensure that the best British and specialised films connect with a wide range of audiences across a range of platforms. We support sales companies that are launching new UK films at key international film festivals and markets.

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.

More from the Film Fund

  • Film Fund FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about applying for development and production funding.

  • Film Fund enquiry

    Contact the Film Fund team.

  • Meet the team

    Find out more about the Film Fund team, which works across feature film development and production, audience development, and operations and partnerships.

  • BFI Filmmakers

    BFI Filmmakers

    Browse the second issue of our magazine, which looks at the latest BFI-backed filmmakers and films coming into view.

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A word on feedback

We make every effort to ensure that our application process is fair and as transparent as possible. Sadly, given the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide feedback on projects that we have decided not to progress.

  • Lottery funding awards

    Lottery funding awards

    Search the funding awards for films, projects and organisations made by the BFI since April 2011.

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  • Film Fund FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about applying for development and production funding.

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