Completion funding

Following a review of our process for completion funding, we will now only consider applications from films that have been invited to launch at a major international film festival but need additional funding to be completed prior to their festival screening.

As festival selectors are used to looking at films at an incomplete stage, such as those with temp mix and grade, we don’t offer completion funding in order to prepare a film for festival submission, only once it has been accepted.

We will not consider completion funding for projects where a sales or distribution company is one of the film’s financial partners, as in such cases we would expect the completion of the film to be covered by the film’s existing commercial partners.

Applications should be made through the Film Fund’s regular application mechanism and we will consider the application first before deciding whether or not to request the film.

Film distributors looking for support for the UK release of the film should consider applying to our Distribution Fund.

Sales agents looking for support for promoting the film at the festival should consider applying to our Film Export Fund.

Please also note, documentaries that are still being assembled and have additional shooting requirements may be eligible to apply for our documentary production funding strand.


Please ensure you have read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.

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 it is submitted.

Following submission of the application to the BFI, applicants will be sent a unique application ID for their records.

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

Qualifying international film festivals

Annecy (Animation)
Fantastic Fest
Hong Kong
Karlovy Vary
Pusan International Film Festival
Rome Film Festival
San Sebastian
Sitges International
South by Southwest
Tokyo Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival

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    Distribution and exhibition funding

    We support high-quality British and independent releases, increase film choice for audiences and offer a springboard for UK film exports.

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