National Lottery funding for documentaries is provided by our partner, Doc Society and funding for short films is provided through BFI NETWORK.

Who can apply

Applications must be made by the lead producer who is:

• a different person to the director and writer
• producing a project between £250,000 and £15,000,000

Filmmakers without demonstrable experience in short film or TV should consider BFI NETWORK.

Our funding priorities

We prioritise work that:

  • is made by filmmakers in the early stages of their careers
  • has cultural relevance or progressive ideas
  • takes risks in form and content
  • recognises the quality of differences in perspective, talent and recruitment
  • originated by filmmakers outside London and South East England

What you need to provide

Along with a completed application form, you should submit:

  • the script
  • an overall timeline for the project to include prep, shoot, post (with at least 10-12 weeks edit) and a delivery date
  • an industry standard production budget; for example, using Movie Magic
  • an industry standard production schedule
  • a proposed finance plan that matches the budget

Apply for funding

If this is your first application, please create an account.

Read the BFI Production Fund guidelines before making an application.

If you wish to see the online application format before applying, please download the application preview.

Applications are accepted all year round.

We aim to let applicants know the outcome of their application within 8 weeks.

If you have any questions relating to the fund or application, please email productioncoordinator@bfi.org.uk.

We can provide assistance to applicants who have a disability, are D/deaf, have a visual or hearing impairment or are neurodiverse, where this support is needed for someone to make an application. See Access support for BFI Film Fund applicants.

Our resources: application outcomes and feedback

The extremely competitive nature of our funding means that we have to make very difficult decisions and often have to turn down projects even when they meet some or all of our stated criteria. On average, we have to turn down over 7 in every 10 projects seeking Development funding, and 8 in every 10 projects seeking Production funding. 

We aim to make the application process as fair and transparent as possible. As a result of the volume of applications we receive, we do not have the resources to provide feedback on projects that have been declined.