Diversity standards

Guidance and frequently asked questions for the BFI Diversity Standards.

As a Lottery distributor and public funder, the BFI seeks to reflect the public – in the films we fund, the programmes we support, the audiences who watch them, and the filmmakers, actors and crews who make them.

For this reason, we have introduced the BFI Diversity Standards, to guide both our own activities and the projects that we fund. The Standards focus on disability, gender, race, age and sexual orientation (as they pertain to the Equality Act 2010) and also seek to ensure that people from lower socio-economic groups are better represented.

We are asking projects that we support to embrace these standards.

The BFI Diversity Standards and related guidance can be found below.

Please read this guidance before making an application to the BFI Film Fund.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Diversity Standards can be found below.


For BAFTA applicants (as per the new entry requirements), please note that the criteria/guidance applies to your applications, but that you should email anna.mansi@bfi.org.uk and julia.brown@bfi.org.uk with any queries and to request a form.

You should not apply via the BFI’s funding application forms.

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