BFI National Lottery short form animation funding

The BFI National Lottery Short Form Animation Fund provides support for higher-budget animated short films, made by UK-based teams.

The fund supports narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre, which are unlikely to be fully commercially financed and would therefore benefit from National Lottery support.

When you can apply

Applications to this fund are now closed.

How to apply

You need to read the funding guidelines in full, before you apply. The application link is in the guidelines.

We can provide assistance to applicants who have access requirements and need some support in order to make an application.

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

Since the very first National Lottery draw in 1994, public support – raised directly through National Lottery ticket sales – has funded more than 670,000 projects, raising more than £46 billion for good causes. As a recipient, it is important to publicly acknowledge the source of this funding throughout the lifespan of the project. Effectively communicating that it is supported by BFI National Lottery funding ensures those engaging with the work recognise the value and benefit of this unique Good Cause funding.

Therefore, if your application is successful, you will be responsible for prominently crediting BFI National Lottery funding and thanking National Lottery players. As such, you are encouraged to ensure that elements of your project/s which have the potential to engage a broad public audience are capitalised on, in order to communicate this message. More details will be supplied once an award has been made.