Deadline for applications is 9am on 16 August 2021.

The fund provides awards of between £30,000 and £120,000 to projects of up to 15 minutes in length.

The fund can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre (including immersive content and documentary) and for any platform e.g. cinema, online or TV; however, the fund does not support work intended primarily for broadcast television.

For this round of funding, the BFI has partnered with The National Centre for Immersive Storytelling: StoryFutures Academy (SFA), to support up to two stories for virtual or augmented reality. This part of the fund particularly aims to support projects that champion immersive storytelling techniques, and provide valuable learning and creative research opportunities.

SFA will award a maximum of two projects up to £50,000 each. This is in addition to the funding provided by the BFI.

At the point of application, immersive projects will automatically apply to both the BFI and SFA, and can request a maximum total of £120,000.

Who can apply

A director, or writer/director with at least three director credits on previous pieces of animated work. One of these should have received notable industry recognition. ​The applicant must be credited as the director on all three, rather than animation director.

Please check the eligibility criteria in our guidelines below before beginning your application.

Filmmakers with less experience, including those at the start of their careers, should visit BFI NETWORK. This scheme supports new filmmakers with networking, professional development opportunities and funding.

Application guidelines

Please ensure you have read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.

Application timeline

  • 29 June – applications open
  • 9am on 16 August – closing date for applications
  • 25 October – we will inform applicants if their application has been longlisted, or if they have been unsuccessful
  • 6 December – we aim to take a final decision on all projects by this date

Please note that these dates are subject to revision, depending on the level of applications we receive.

Apply for funding

Make an application, using the button below. If you are a new applicant to the Film Fund, you will need to create an account before completing the application form.

If you already have an account and want to access any previous applications, use the button below.

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

If having read the guidelines you have questions regarding this funding, please contact us on