Completion funding

We consider applications for completion funding from films that have been invited to launch at a major international film festival but need additional funding to be completed prior to their festival screening. Please ensure that you have read our funding priorities before you apply to this fund.

When applying, please ensure that you will be able to evidence your film’s invitation to the festival. We are unable to fund retrospective activity but understand that invitations can come quite late, so we encourage you to begin the application process as soon as you receive notice that an invite is forthcoming in order to give us time to process and assess your application. Your application to the BFI for completion funding can request the full amount required in order to complete the film. However, in order to support an application, we have to be satisfied that the film’s existing financial partners are not able to meet the costs of completion. If you have a sales or distribution company attached to the film who is also an early financial investor in the film, we would expect the completion of the film to be covered by them; an application for your project is therefore unlikely to be prioritised.

Film distributors looking for support for the UK release of the film should look at the BFI Audience Fund.

Sales agents looking for support for promoting the film at the festival should consider applying to our Film Export Fund.

Please note that documentary films are no longer eligible for completion funding. See our Documentary funding page for further details.


Please ensure you have read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.

Applying to the Film Fund

To make a new application, use the link below. If you are a new applicant to the Film Fund, you will need to create an account before completing the application form.

Make a Film Fund application

If you already have an account and want to access any previous applications, use the link below.

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We can provide assistance to applicants who are D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, Disabled or neurodiverse people, and people with sight loss, where this support is needed in order for someone to make an application to the Film Fund. Visit Access support for BFI Film Fund and Film Audience Network applicants for information.

Qualifying international film festivals

Annecy (Animation)
Busan International Film Festival
Fantastic Fest
Hong Kong
Karlovy Vary
Rome Film Festival
San Sebastian
Sitges International
South by Southwest
Tokyo Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival

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