Travel Grant Funding for online VR platforms and accessibility

As the landscape for international festivals and showcase events has shifted as a result of the pandemic, many events are now operating as either online or hybrid events. While new online VR viewing platforms are enabling you to access international audiences (which is great!), they also often come with additional expenses for makers needing to adapt to different platforms.

Good news is that British Council Travel Grant funds are able to support your work to travel even while you can’t. You can now make an application for support towards:

  • Preparing your instructions for the exhibition of your piece
  • Integrating your work with a festival’s online platform
  • Developing the accessibility of your piece and producing accessibility assets
  • Versioning and development
  • And more

If you would like to discuss costs to exhibit your work internationally or if you have any questions please contact


Funding to attend international film festivals and events

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.

These grants help you present your work abroad, develop new networks, reach new audiences and increase the exposure of new UK film and film talent internationally.

  • Grants range from £100 to a maximum of £1,500.
  • Grants offer a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs, but may not always cover the full cost of attendance.
  • Applicants screening in European festivals can expect a smaller grant than those screening in festivals which require a long haul journey.
  • All grants are based on a UK starting destination.

Travel Grant Eligibility

  • Applications can be made by a project’s director, producer or writer, who must be aged 18 or above.
  • All applicants must have had their short film / project selected by at least one of the festivals on the British Council’s Key Festivals List, and must provide evidence of festival selection. Short Film / VR Travel Grant Key Festival List (PDF 160KB)
  • The film or project must be a UK production / co-production.
  • The film or project must be no more than 60 minutes long.
  • Each film or project can receive a maximum of three grants.
  • Each film or project can receive a maximum of one grant per festival.

Access and support

If you have specific access needs please contact the British Council about what additional help may be available to Short Film Festival Travel Grant recipients – for example additional funds to facilitate travel with a BSL interpreter or access worker.

How to apply

Before you begin, download and read the Short Film Festival Travel guidelines.

If you’re eligible to apply, it shouldn’t take longer than ten minutes to complete your application. You will need:

  • a copy of your festival acceptance letter or email
  • an online link to your film, and password if applicable.

If you have been invited to attend a key festival in person please make an application or email British Council are in regular communication with a range of Festival partners over their plans to stage events, virtually or in real life. Have a look at this regularly updated document here to see who is doing what. 

The Short Film Festival Travel Grant is a partnership between the BFI NETWORK and the British Council.


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