Film Funding & Development
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.
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.
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.
Disney Imagine UK
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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..