Application dates

The application period for the International Co-production strand:

  • opens 22 June 2021
  • closes 17 August 2021

Applications will be assessed and funding decisions made after the deadline. However, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

For projects commencing principal photography (or equivalent) before 31 October 2021, contact us about fast-tracking your application (please see the guidelines below for further details).

What you can apply for

Eligible companies can apply for funding of up to £300,000 towards:

  • ‘minority’ feature film co-productions (co-productions where the contribution of at least one of the other co-producing partners is greater than the overall contribution of the UK producer) in any language and any genre, including fiction, animation and documentary, which are co-produced with international partners
  • television co-productions (whether ‘minority’ or ‘majority’ in nature) in the animation and documentary genres only, in any language, which are co-produced with international partners

Support will be in the form of non-repayable grants. Full details on eligible companies and content can be found in the guidelines available for download below.

Who can apply

This strand is open to independent UK producers with demonstrable production experience. The project must:

  • have at least 60% of the overall finance secured (in addition to any prospective contribution from this strand and UK tax relief)
  • secure, or have already secured, at least one other source of UK funding (in addition to any prospective contribution from this strand and UK tax relief)

Please download the guidelines below for a full list of eligibility criteria. 

Our funding priorities

This strand aims to:

  • support international co-production feature film projects of any genre, and animated and documentary television co-production projects, with strong export potential and international audience reach (projects should have revenue-generating potential for the UK producer)
  • increase the visibility, level of financial and creative input, revenues and international track record of UK producers

In making awards, the UK Global Screen Fund (UKGSF) seeks to ensure a UK-wide benefit and address geographic imbalance within the industry.

Our assessment will therefore consider:

  • where the applicant UK production company and individual UK producer(s) are based
  • where projects are shot and/or made 
  • how projects reflect the culture and talent of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English regions outside Greater London

For further information on the context of decisions around funding and eligibility please download our FAQs below.

What you need to provide

To complete the application form you will need to supply:

  • full details of the eligible company and content 
  • why and how the content shows export and revenue-generating potential 
  • distribution approach and target audiences, markets and territories 
  • script, treatment for documentary, animation / storyboard for animation
  • preliminary production package, including production schedule, budget and timeline
  • split budget detailing expenditure per country and how UKGSF funding will be spent on UK elements of the budget (template provided) 
  • full finance plan (template provided)

The full list of what is required, within the application form and as an attachment, is set out in the funding guidelines.

Templates

The following templates should be used to provide details of your split budget and full finance plan.

The completed templates should be uploaded under the attachments section of the application form.

Apply for funding

If this is your first application, please create an account

We will only consider funding projects submitted through the formal application process via the online application portal.

Read the BFI UK Global Screen Fund – International Co-production strand guidelines before making an application.

If you wish to see the contents of the online application form before applying, please download the application preview.

If you have any questions relating to the funding or application, please email ukglobalscreenfund@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 applicants.

Our resources: application outcomes and feedback

The extremely competitive nature of our funding means we often have to turn down projects even when they meet all stated criteria.

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.

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