Short Form Animation Funding

The BFI Short Form Animation Fund offers support for higher-budget animated work from teams based in the UK. The fund is intended for work that is unlikely to be fully commercially financed and would therefore benefit from National Lottery support.

There is one call for applications per year. The current deadline for applications is 5 November 2019, 11:59pm.

The fund aims to give UK animators who have gained industry attention for their work the chance to work at a higher budget level. It will provide funding of £30,000 – £120,000 per project, supporting teams to create work that can gain major recognition and open up new opportunities. The fund can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre (including documentary) and for any platform, eg cinema, online or TV (though not work intended primarily for broadcast television).

Filmmaking teams from across the UK, who can demonstrate relevant experience in writing, directing and producing, are eligible for the BFI Short Form Animation fund. The director, or writer-director, needs to have made at least three previous pieces of animated work, one of which should have received notable industry recognition. Please check the eligibility criteria outlined in our guidelines carefully before beginning an application to the fund.

Filmmakers with less experience, those at the start of their careers, and writers and directors without a producer, should visit the BFI NETWORK, which supports new filmmakers with networking, professional development opportunities and funding.


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

Application timeline

  • 6 August – Applications open
  • 5 November, 11:59pm – Closing date for applications
  • 14 January – We will inform applicants if they are invited to an interview, or if they have been unsuccessful
  • 27-31 January – Interviews

Please note that decision and interview dates are subject to revision, depending on the level of applications we receive.

Applying to the Film Fund

To make an 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.

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

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 in order for someone to make an application to the Film Fund. Visit Access support for BFI Film Fund applicants for information.



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