Young Audiences Content Fund

From 2019 to 2022 the BFI ran the Young Audiences Content Fund, supporting the creation of quality and distinctive content for audiences up to the age of 18 on public service broadcasters and platforms.

Awarding funding £44.1 million of funding from the UK government, the successful three-year pilot supported 61 brand new commissions for UK children and teens, and funded the development of a further 160 new projects, over 9% of which have already been commissioned.

View some highlights from the fund as of December 2022.

An independent evaluation of the fund found it demonstrated social and economic value, and proved an effective and specific lever in delivering high-quality public service content for young audiences across different genres and techniques, contributing to a more plural landscape in the industry and directly encouraged additional investment for projects, targeting this age group. The fund helped to address key deficiencies identified by Ofcom’s Children’s Content Review, including the lack of original, high-quality programmes for older children across all genres; the limited range of programmes that help children understand the world; the limited range of original, high-quality programmes that enable children to see their lives on screen.

Read the full evaluation report below: