Development funding

The Film Fund supports feature film projects at varying levels of progress, from treatment stage 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.

For development funding for emerging writers and directors (those with proven talent but yet to have their first feature produced and released) please go to the NET.WORK website to find the appropriate strand to apply to.

Please note we also accept development funding applications for animated films from filmmakers who have yet to make their first feature.

All applications for feature-length documentaries will now be considered through pitching sessions held three times per year and covering development and production. For more information, please go to our documentary funding page.


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



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