This fund is now closed for applications

This area of the Short Form Animation Fund particularly aims to champion immersive storytelling techniques, and provide valuable learning and creative research opportunities. 

We have reopened the call for applications for immersive projects and the new deadline is 9am 25 October 2021.

In partnership with StoryFutures Academy: the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling, the fund provides awards of between £30,000 and £120,000 to up to two immersive projects (virtual or augmented reality) 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

Who can apply

To be eligible for this fund, the director, or writer/director, needs to have directed at least three previous pieces of animated work. They must be credited as the director on all three, rather than the animation director, and one of the works should have received notable industry recognition. Please check the eligibility criteria outlined in our guidelines below carefully before beginning an application to the fund.

Filmmakers with less experience including those at the start of their careers should visit BFI NETWORK, which 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

  • 15 September – applications open
  • 9am 25 October – closing date for applications
  • 5 November – we will inform applicants if their application has been longlisted, or if they have been unsuccessful
  • 5 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.

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

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

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