BFI Film Fund (awarding funds from the National Lottery) aims to address the lack of diversity in crew by recognising and engaging with the wealth of talent across all creative industries.

By matching this talent with BFI productions, Step Up provides a unique opportunity for crew from underrepresented groups to embrace new challenges and enhance their skills. This also provides the wider industry with the chance to engage in meaningful change.

BFI Film Fund welcomes applications from those who are ready to either step up in their department or step across from other creative industries (such as television, documentary and short form content).

How it works

  • this is not an entry level or trainee programme
  • applicants must apply to Step Up via the link below
  • if an applicant meets the criteria they will be invited to discuss their objectives and current experience with a member of the BFI Film Fund team
  • the applicant will then be skills matched with a Film Fund production and will meet producers and relevant heads of departments
  • all Step Up crew will be hired directly by the production with additional financial support from BFI Film Fund for training, salaries and access requirements


Applicants should be from one of the following underrepresented groups:

  • Black, MENA (Middle East and North African), South Asian, South East Asian or East Asian background, including mixed and other underrepresented ethnicities, working in any department behind the camera
  • D/deaf and disabled people, including those who are neurodivergent, working in any department behind the camera
  • women working in technical roles (for example: camera, sound, electrical, construction, stunts, props, SFX and VFX)

We welcome intersectionality across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, geographical location (nations and regions) and socioeconomic circumstances across all departments.

The individual must have proven experience in their chosen department and provide references from either a producer, head of department or equivalent.

We welcome candidates from trainee programmes who are ready to take the next step, but this is not an entry level/trainee programme.

Unfortunately Step Up is not a writer, director or producer opportunity.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for Step Up and be part of a production supported by the BFI Film Fund please apply below.

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

There is no deadline, and applications are reviewed monthly.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the programme, the selection process, eligibility or access requirements please email us at

Assistance with the application process can be provided. See Access support for BFI Film Fund applicants.