Following its hugely successful first four years, the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is proud to see the continuation, with the BFI and LFF’s Official Time Partner IWC Schaffhausen, of its Bursary Award to support exceptional new and emerging UK filmmakers. The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI will benefit an outstanding British writer, director, or writer/director whose first or second fiction feature film premieres at the BFI London Film Festival and is designed to give the UK’s brightest and best up-and-coming filmmakers the gift of time — a crucial element in the creative process.
The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award is the most significant of its kind in the UK film industry and is awarded annually, forming a key part of the BFI London Film Festival’s commitment to UK film and those who drive its creative success. The recipient of the award will receive £50,000 from IWC Schaffhausen at a black tie dinner in honour of the BFI on the 6 October, the evening before the LFF’s Opening Night this year.
British-based first or second time directors or writers of fiction feature films which are otherwise eligible and which are entered through open submissions or entered by a sales or distribution partner will have the opportunity to formally submit an application for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award after the film is invited to the Festival.
Previous winners of the Bursary include Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), Daniel Kokotajlo (Apostasy), Richard Billingham (Ray and Liz) and Rose Glass (Saint Maud), all of whom have gone on to enjoy further multiple award nominations and significant recognition for their work.
Read the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award FAQs and filmmaker terms and conditions by downloading the PDFs below.
Find out how to submit your film to the BFI London Film Festival by downloading the PDF below.