BFI Vision Awards 3

The BFI Vision Awards 3 focus on supporting a new generation of diverse, ambitious film producers around the UK to help us deliver on our mission of discovering and developing emerging filmmaking voices, providing funding to build up and strengthen their development slates.

What are the BFI Vision Awards 3?

Awards will enable producers to build on their existing relationships with writers and directors, form and strengthen alliances with established producers and partners, and afford them the time needed to find new talent and develop projects with solid production prospects.

In recognition of the financial challenges and difficulties placed on producers who are yet to establish themselves, the BFI Vision Awards 3 will include a substantial financial allowance for the producer towards their fees and overheads, alongside an allocation for associated costs in seeding the development of feature film projects. To encourage producers who would not be able to support themselves financially on a full-time basis alongside developing relationships and projects with emerging filmmakers, the financial allowance portion of the BFI Vision Award will be non-recoupable (i.e. it will not need to be repaid to the BFI).

We have allocated an overall £2.5million to the BFI Vision Awards 3 scheme, with a maximum company funding amount of £50,000 per year for two years. We may, in exceptional cases, choose to award a third year of funding to producers who have proven themselves in unearthing a specific underserved area of talent and are able to propose a solid plan to continue to do so.

The BFI Vision Awards 3 are open to new teams of producers as well as to individual producers operating under their own UK production company, and they are open to producers working in long-form live action, animation and/or documentary.

What are we looking for?

The BFI Vision Awards 3 are designed to support producers who are at an early stage of their film career. We expect applicants to have clear ambitions for themselves and for the UK film industry, a strategy about how to find and nurture new talent from different regions of the UK, and to be able to articulate a clear strategic plan about how they intend to build a viable business.

Please read the Guidelines carefully to see if you are eligible to apply.

The BFI Vision Awards 3 are designed to enable new and emerging producers to:

  • Seek out new and emerging writers and directors from across the UK.
  • Build their development slate with an eye to defining themselves and their company identity.
  • Take creative risks in new areas;
  • Reach a wider, more diverse audience for their work.
  • Build or capitalise on pre-existing partnerships with more established companies and those with the necessary areas of expertise.
  • Improve their business skills and commercial expertise; and work on a plan to have an on-going and viable business after the end of the award term.

We will be working with the BFI NET.WORK to identify forums and opportunities for the awardees to meet with different areas of the industry, and to make connections with emerging talent (and vice versa), in order to establish themselves and their company. We may also match successful applicants with a mentor: a senior producer who can share their experience with the aim of building skills and stretching abilities.

Guidelines

Please ensure you have read the full Guidelines for the BFI Vision Awards 3 before you complete the application form.

Please note that applications to the Visions Awards 3 have now closed.

Further enquiries

Please make sure that you have read through all our guidelines before contacting us with any enquiries. If you still can’t find an answer to your question then please email us at filmfundquestions@bfi.org.uk.

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