NETWORK@LFF, the BFI NETWORK flagship talent development programme at the heart of the BFI London Film Festival, is back in full swing for 2021.


Up to 12 trailblazing UK-based writers, directors and producers can join in for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and industry insights. They’ll be given the exclusive opportunity to be immersed in the LFF Programme and interact with leading international filmmakers and industry executives, as well as receive accreditation for the duration of the festival. This year, they’re looking for the boldest and brightest storytellers that the UK has to offer. Those who are ignited by an insatiable passion to make their voices known and push the boundaries of what audiences have come to expect from British Film. We want to hear from filmmakers who have a distinct quality to their work, a unique tone that sets them apart, a perspective we’ve yet to uncover.

Creatives from all backgrounds and disciplines who are looking ahead to their debut feature or long-form commission are welcome. This is your chance to show us yourselves – Who do you want to be? What do you want to make?

To be eligible for this year’s programme applicants must:
– be based in the UK
– be over the age of 18
– not be in full-time education
– not have written, produced, or directed a feature film that has received UK distribution (this includes via online platforms)
– have produced, written, or directed a significant body of work and be looking to make the step to your first feature or long-form commission. By significant body of work we mean a creative track record of multiple works in your field (that might include short film, music video, theatre, TV, web series) that have garnered industry recognition by way of funding or commissions, awards, and festival selection, critical praise or a substantial online audience.

To Apply

Applications will close at 5pm on 2 August 2021. No applications will be considered after this time.

Before you submit your application, we ask you to complete the NETWORK@LFF 2021 Equality Monitoring Form .If you have any questions ahead of filling out your application form you can contact us on

Apply here


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