In addition to existing festival-related support schemes, the BFI has dedicated a limited amount of support from its International Fund for industry-facing initiatives promoting UK film and supporting the engagement of UK filmmakers with international counterparts.

The funding delivers the following benefits to UK film in alignment with the BFI’s International Strategy:

  • Helping to connect UK filmmakers (producers, writers, directors) and industry with international counterparts in ways that increase the impact and success of British creativity
  • Enhancing the opportunities for UK films at international markets
  • Enhancing the profile of UK talent to international industry decision-makers
  • Promoting the UK as a filmmaking destination or partner of choice

The BFI will only make a very limited number of small awards throughout the year for this fund. There is no application deadline but we would encourage applicants to apply at least six months in advance of the initiative.

If you have any questions about the BFI International Fund or UK film-focused activity, please email

Guidelines and applications

The applicant will be able to access all previously submitted applications, including in-progress applications, at any point by logging into their account:

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 Film Fund applicants.

Main image caption: UK Film at the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.