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Film Funding & Development



Genera Films offers funding of up to £5000, showcasing short films on unique profiles, and connecting filmmakers to the industry - as well as each other.


IRIS - LGBTQ Film Fund

The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have established a fund to finance documentary film produced by emerging British LGBT+ filmmakers. The fund will award up to £20000 towards a production annually for at least three years. 


BFI Doc Society

Made of Truth is part of BFI Network and the Fund uses National Lottery money to support all forms of non-fiction: personal stories, hybrid fiction/non-fiction, artist films, essays, observational and social issue projects. We’re also open to looking at VR and immersive projects, which are firmly rooted in the documentary genre.



Our Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short films financed and produced.

We will finance and produce two short films through our Spring Fund. 


(Egg)celerator Lab

The (Egg)celerator Lab is focused on identifying and supporting nonfiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary. This program brings together ten projects, with a special focus on stories by self-identifying women and gender nonconforming directors.


Liverpool Film Fund

Supports production of feature films, TV drama, animation and scripted comedy series that are intending to film in the Liverpool region.



Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap offers film development training, a cash budget & production support, and one year of international festival distribution.


Channel 4 Talent

A number of exciting initiatives for those with no experience to learn more about Channel 4 and the media industry. 


FLAMIN Fellowship

The Fellowship aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image practices from filmmakers at the early stages of their careers, with development and funding for new work.


Flex - Development

FLEX is developed in partnership with and provides a space for the best of the UK’s emerging creative talent to form agile storytelling partnerships. We are looking for writers, directors and producers to create strongly authored narratives that will continue to build Yorkshire and the Humber as a place of dynamic, authentic and fluid storytelling.


The Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund

The 2022 Fund will give four successful applicants £10,000 each to develop their TV proposal. To celebrate Pat Llewellyn’s Welsh roots, and to encourage other women from Wales to follow in her creative footsteps, two places this year will be held specifically for any woman either born in or living in Wales, or with a Welsh parent.

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Disney Imagine UK
Shorts Incubator

Disney Imagine UK is an opportunity to make a short film with creative support from Disney executives which will have potential to premiere on Disney platforms, feature in a showcase event, and be submitted to international festivals.

Each team will receive a £25,000 production budget with equipment and facilities provided for free by the NFTS. 


New Cinema Days: Open Call

Devised to offer support structures for cinema that emerges beyond the borders of current institutional infrastructure the Lab will be a catalyst for new digital cultures and technologies for innovative, live, virtual and immersive cinema production. This funded programme will offer editorial support, technical facilitation and industry connection for three teams of new cinema projects in development or early production


First Flights

First Flights exists to harness and support emerging filmmakers to create bold and ambitious films for a global audience.


Grey Moth Originals

Grey Moth Originals launched in 2020. The rationale of supporting these projects is based on:

The value of the idea, the competence of the filmmaker to deliver to the project’s full potential and a realistic grasp on how the film is to be completed with our help.


Guardian Docs

We’re looking for films with a unique creative vision based on compelling original journalism.


BSFA - Film Fund

Our Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short films financed and produced.

We will finance and produce two short films through our Spring Fund. 



Introducing Breakout, a new partnership between Creative UK and Netflix UK giving the next generation of outstanding genre filmmakers the opportunity to make a breakout debut feature.


Screen Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Content Fund is a public-private investment fund for the TV, film, video games and digital sectors in Yorkshire and Humber, open to producers either based in Yorkshire or wishing to film or establish a base in the region.



The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. 


BBC Academy

A number of interesting resources and insights into the industry.


BBC also offer an apprenticeship scheme. 



We’re looking for creative work in all forms, from stand-up routines, character designs, graphic novels, animation shorts, scripts, to anything in between. If you’re passionate about your idea and think it could translate to the screen, we want to see it.


TIFF - Filmmaker Lab

TIFF Filmmaker Lab is a talent development programme that takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Each year, 20 Canadian and international directors receive an exceptional professional development experience, and an introduction to the global community of filmmaking. 

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Differently Does it

Differently Does It will launch on May 4th in the UK, US, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai, with a brief themed around ‘Difference’. The four winners will be selected in July, each receiving a budget of £20,000 to create four short films. 


Intermission Film Fund - Next Up

Intermission are looking to collaborate with the most innovative British filmmakers, those taking risks, doing something formally daring and exciting, and telling stories from fresh perspectives. We are seeking filmmakers with a demonstrable commitment to a career in filmmaking, who will benefit from our support at this point in their career.


Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers with critical early stage funding and mentorship to launch distinctive, story-driven, and cinematic films. We believe in taking a chance on filmmakers who have ideas for artful and compelling nonfiction films that make us think differently about the world.

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The Pitch

The Pitch Film Fund exists to give emerging filmmakers a chance. We offer an array of training and support and have £40,000 to spend on two short films.


Grey Moth - FWFF

We are excited to launch the FIVE-MINUTE FUNNY WOMEN FILM FUND, an initiative that provides £5,000 towards comedy projects for women (trans+ inclusive) filmmakers of all experience levels.

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BFI FilmHub North

Apply for up to £15,000 of production support through the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund.



Bertha Film Fund

Up to £5k for documentaries. The fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.


The Film Fund

Get up to £7,600 in short film funding in the UK to produce your independent short film by writing one sentence. 


Pears Short Film Fund

The Fund’s goal is to create new opportunities for filmmakers in the UK, and to encourage and support the production and exhibition of short films on themes that engage with British-Jewish life, history and culture. 


Whickers Award

We seek to use the generous legacy of our namesake, pioneering broadcaster Alan Whicker, to support emerging film and audio documentary-makers in the funding and production of director led programmes.


Paid Trainee Scheme

Investing in the people driving the success of UK film, TV, VFX, animation and games.


Engine Film Scheme

ENGINE Shorts is a short film development and production scheme for emerging film talent in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare (Ireland).


Uncertain Kingdom

The Uncertain Kingdom Development Fund supports filmmakers  that interrogate British culture; asking who we are, how we got here or where we are going. 

The fund welcomes projects of 70+ minutes in any form or genre, including fiction, animation, documentary and dance projects.


SIGN Bursaries


SIGN bursaries are financial awards to support those who face challenges getting into and getting on in the screen industries in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Applications are now open for individuals to apply for bursaries to help you take up employment or training opportunities in the screen industries in the region.


Filmmakers without borders

Supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.


Grierson DocLab

UK-based people aged 18-25 have until 5pm on Friday, 24 February 2023 to apply for this prestigious training programme. Grierson DocLab, with support from The Rank Foundation, aims to help people without connections to the factual TV and documentary industry take their first steps into securing the work experience and networks to succeed in the sector..

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