BFI NET.WORK, the UK-wide partnership of film funding organisations which helps to discover and develop new writers, directors and producers, has launched a new and digital platform where new writers and directors from anywhere in the UK can search for funding opportunities and introduce their work to NET.WORK partners and the wider industry.
Developing new talent is the lifeblood of the industry and introducing talented up and coming filmmakers, no matter where they live, to industry professionals who can help take their filmmaking to the next stage, is crucial for building a vibrant and successful film culture and industry.
Alongside funding opportunities, events and industry news, the BFI NET.WORK platform offers aspiring emerging filmmakers a unique opportunity to gain exposure for their short film or script by sharing samples of their work directly in the POSTROOM, a space where NET.WORK and industry executives will actively seek out the most exciting and creative new film talent.
With an annual budget of £3 million of Lottery funding, the BFI NET.WORK sees the BFI work with national partners Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film London, Northern Ireland Screen, Scottish Film Talent Network in a joined-up network of experienced development teams supporting New and Emerging Talent – the NET in NET.WORK, with additional support from Creative Skillset, which supports skills and training across film and the creative industries.
The BFI NET.WORK development teams take a hands-on approach tailored to the needs of each filmmaker in order to equip them with the skills, experience and support required as they prepare to make their first professional feature film. This approach includes developing and funding short films at various degrees of filmmaker experience and budget; commissioning and funding feature film pilots; developing and funding new writing; and further bespoke support geared to the needs of the individual. The NET.WORK partners host regular screenings, readings, masterclasses and other talent development-focused events across the UK.
The BFI NET.WORK is also hosting annual NETWORKER events – this year being held during Edinburgh – to bring together filmmakers from every part of the UK to share work, experience and information and help forge potential partnerships and collaboration.
For the full range of training, development and production opportunities offered by each partner organisation outside of the NET.WORK, please see their individual websites.