BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund re-opened with 2 application windows per year. Next application window: 26 Apr 2021

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Film London delivers BFI NETWORK support and funding for new and emerging filmmakers across the Greater London area as part of Film Hub London.

The BFI NETWORK has two funds for new and emerging filmmakers:

Short film funding

The BFI NETWORK Short Film funding programme supports projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects.

This fund is for fiction shorts, in both live action and animation. We want to support short films that:

  • bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen;
  • provide space for experimentation and idea-testing;
  • advance the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public.

Find out more about the available funding.

Early Development Funding

The BFI NETWORK Early Development funding programme supports projects with writers based in England. If you’re a new writer with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you.

‘New writers’ are people who have not yet written a feature film script that has been produced and distributed. This fund is also for producers and directors working with new writers.

This fund is the first step in the BFI’s development support for live action and animated fiction projects from new writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials.

Find out more about the available funding.

Our BFI NETWORK Talent Execs

Find out more about our BFI NETWORK Talent Execs Jo Cadoret and Mathieu Ajan

If you’d like to meet Mathieu and Jo, you can!

Book a remote meeting with Jo

Book a remote meeting with Mathieu

Remember, the answers to many of the questions we receive can be found in each fund’s guidelines - so check them out before you book your slot!

Link to guidelines


BFI NETWORK often host several events throughout the year, including training sessions and Q&As. Please check our What's On for more information on upcoming events, or our Resources page containing case studies and webinars.

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