BFI NETWORK: More Films for Freedom

More Films for Freedom is a partnership between BFI NETWORK and the British Council that aims to find and fund vital, creative collaborations that explore LGBTQIA+ global human rights, intersectionality or diaspora identity.

Still, Ayla Gabriela

The fund was inspired by the #FiveFilmsForFreedom digital campaign, which originated in 2015 as a partnership between BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival and the British Council and has had 23 million views from over 200 countries and principalities.

We aim to commission up to three new projects that will have at their heart an element of collaboration between UK-based filmmakers and storytellers from both Africa and the Middle East.

What you can apply for

The successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to £25,000 each to cover the costs of all stages of production, delivery of materials, and team travel.

We can support fiction, documentary and animated film, and films that cut across these generic distinctions. All films should have a strong central idea and storyline which will help them reach a wide range of audiences internationally.

How to apply

You must read the funding guidelines in full before applying online.

If you need help with your application, read about access support available below.

When you can apply

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about this funding or your application, email

Access support for your application

We can assist you if you have access requirements and need support to make an application. See access support for BFI funding applicants.

Finding collaborators for your projects

Find information on talent development and networking opportunities in your area by connecting with your local BFI NETWORK team.