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Film Funding

Advice on Funding : Not all the funds below are open for entry right now, but our advice is to sign up to their newsletters as you will be notified immediately when they re-open. If you can download an application form in an advance then read up on what is required and begin preparing. Try and watch any of the films that have been funded before by the commissioners and get a sense of what they like. If you can, arrange a 1:2:1 with them and pick their brains on their approach to a successful funding bid. If you are a producer or co-producer try to identify the right scripts, directors, cast and crew that best for each different funding avenue. Likewise if you are a writer/director try and identify producers who are right for your script. Those who are the most successful with gaining funding are those who are best prepared in advance of the funds opening - take action now before the funds open.

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Genera

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Shorescripts

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. 

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(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.

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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. 

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Channel 4 Talent

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

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Paid Trainee Scheme

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

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Engine Film Scheme

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

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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. 

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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.

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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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ITVS - Get Funded
 

 

Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.

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LOOP - Audio Drama

The fund is aimed at published film, TV, games, radio or literature writers who’ve not been exposed to opportunities in the immersive audio drama space.

Applications for Loop opened this morning in the UK on the Screen Yorkshire website


 

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Sharp Shorts

This funding seeks to spotlight up-and-coming writers, directors and producers based in Scotland; granting funds to create inspiring, engaging and boundary-pushing short films that resonate with audiences worldwide. Both live action and animated projects will be considered.

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European Doc Fund

The European Documentary Journalism Fund supports the production of independent journalistic nonfiction storytelling by European filmmakers.
Designed to maintain the richness of debate and discourse that are the very hallmark of healthy democracies, the fund seeks to bolster a more sustainable ecosystem for independent media in Europe. 

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The Edinburgh Pitch
 

The Edinburgh Pitch is Scotland’s only public pitching forum and the 2023 edition will take place in person in Edinburgh. The event is aimed at international independent filmmakers and production companies raising finance for ambitious and urgent feature documentaries in late development, production or post-production.

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Films You Want to See
 

The M&M’S brand has recently launched an initiative called the M&M’S FUNd, which aims to push diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in the entertainment industry. Find out more about the M&M’S FUND here. 

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RTS Bursaries
 

The RTS runs three pioneering schemes – the TV Production and Journalism Bursary, the Digital Innovation Bursary and the Steve Hewlett Scholarship. In addition to the core schemes, the RTS introduced the Beryl Vertue Scholarship in 2022, to support an applicant with an interest in producing.

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Roundhouse Film Fund
 

Do you have an incredible short film idea? Roundhouse Film Fund supports 3 emerging filmmakers to create new short films exploring social and political issues from their unique perspectives. We’ll give you £1,000 plus support to make it happen, and have it screened at the Roundhouse!

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First Flights

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

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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.

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Guardian Docs

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

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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. 

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Breakout

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.

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Bridging the Gap

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

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BBC Academy

A number of interesting resources and insights into the industry.

 

BBC also offer an apprenticeship scheme. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Coverfly - For writers 

Coverfly helps aspiring writers get their work in front of Hollywood industry professionals through top writing programs and fellowships.

Many of the listings on Coverfly are competition listings with paid submission fees, but it can still be a useful resource. 

 

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Chicken & Egg

Chicken & Egg Pictures, which provides support and funding to women and non-binary documentary filmmakers, is teaming up with Netflix to announce the Chicken & Egg Pictures Research & Development Grant, a new fund for seasoned filmmakers working on their next feature-length film. These grants will offer funding to up to 30 filmmaking teams for research or development of their projects

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Pillars Fellowship

The Pillars Artist Fellowship—created by Pillars in partnership with Riz Ahmed and Left Handed Films—champions and mentors Muslim directors and writers whose presence behind the screen will be game-changing for the film and television industries. In addition to an unrestricted award of $25,000, each fellow will receive mentorship from industry experts on how to navigate the business of Hollywood

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Beacons Short Film Fund (Wales)

Beacons provides funding as well as creative and practical support, training and mentoring opportunities to help filmmakers advance their careers. Beacons short films have achieved success at festivals, won numerous awards, been broadcast on BBC Wales and released on iPlayer. 

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Sundance
 

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program (FFP) has championed leading independent filmmakers of the past 40 years whose distinctive films have engaged audiences worldwide. Embracing each artist’s unique vision, the program encourages a rigorous, in-depth creative process while focusing on original and deeply resonant storytelling.

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Northern Heart Doc Fund

We want to support two emerging North West documentary filmmakers by providing a £500 grant to help make a short documentary, plus mentoring and a chance to showcase your work on the big screen.

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The Phoebe Francis Brown Film Fund

The Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund is a £1000 grant that Mister Tibbs will award to an up and coming female filmmaker with a comedy idea they want to produce.

So if you’re a writer, director, producer, performer, animator, or some combination of those disciplines, if you identify as female, and if you make comedy, then we want to hear from you.

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Bloomberg Green Docs
 

The Bloomberg Green Docs competition is open to all eligible filmmakers who would like to compete to win a $25,000 grand prize for a short climate documentary.

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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 £60,000 to spend on two short films.

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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 £25,000 of production support through the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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ITV Academy

Our ITV Academy provides development programmes for our own production staff, as well as traineeships and entry-level pathways into one of the world’s largest commercial production companies.

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Wildseed

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.

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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
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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. 

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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

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BMW Filmmaking Challenge

 

Five successful films will be provided with access to the latest 8K camera equipment on top of a £10,000 production budget to bring your idea to life, as well as editorial and production support from an exec producer from the British Film Institute.

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YARNS 

YARNS is a not-for-profit short film competition for aspiring filmmakers.

A FREE critically acclaimed short film competition with a proven track record for producing great films and launching careers. 

 

 


 

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Sky Documentaries

The Sky Documentaries Shorts Initiative will provide up to £500,000 to fund several documentary shorts throughout the year, with a runtime of 10-30 minutes. The initiative will support creative talent from underrepresented minorities who face barriers to opportunities, due to mental health or disability, and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic or traveller communities. 

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Michael O'Pray

The Michael O’Pray Prize is an award for new writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image. Entry is free, with a first prize of £750 and £350 each for two further awardees. 

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The Rogovy Foundation

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich.  Each year, grants totalling $200,000 are awarded to between eight and twelve filmmakers. The fund operates an open call submission process, and awards are announced bi-annually. 

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Prince William Bafta Bursary

The Prince William Bafta Bursary is a fund to assist junior creatives with the costs of progressing their career in film, games and television. 

Following a succesful pilot year in 2021, the 2022 bursary fund allowed applicants to apply to up till £2,000 towards specific costs such as a training course (including driving lessons), the costs of equipment or software, or relocation costs.

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British Council Travel Fund

Short filmmakers, as well as makers producing virtual reality / immersive storytelling experiences and installations, can apply for Travel Grants to attend international film festivals and events where their work is being screened.

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Centreframe
 

Centerframe is a club for filmmakers, created and led by filmmakers, where members vote to choose which projects to fund. There are three levels of membership and pricing currently.

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