Development funding

The BFI’s Development Fund is intended for the formal development of projects that are unlikely to be commercially financed at an early stage and would therefore benefit from National Lottery support.

We aim to award funding to distinct and original live action and animated fiction film across a range of genres, approaches and perspectives. 

Please refer here if your project is a documentary.

Filmmaking teams from across the UK, who can demonstrate previous experience in writing, directing and producing, are eligible for BFI development funding, and we aim to help these filmmakers develop compelling and viable projects to a point at which they are ready to seek production funding, from the BFI or other sources.

Filmmakers with less experience, those at the start of their careers, and writers and directors without a producer, should visit the BFI NETWORK, which supports new filmmaker voices with networking, professional development opportunities and funding.


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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