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Discovery and Impact feature funding

BFI Discovery and Impact feature funding awards money from the National Lottery to support original live action and animation feature filmmaking.

  • Discovery feature funding supports funding for debut directors with a budget of up to £3,500,000. It provides awards of up to £1,000,000.
  • Impact feature funding is for more experienced directors or debut filmmakers with projects budgeted above £3,500,000. It provides awards of up to £1,250,000.

Who can apply

Applications must made by the film’s producer.

Full eligibility criteria are contained within the funding guidelines:

How to apply

You can apply online once you’ve read the funding guidelines in full. There is an application link in the guidelines.

Discovery feature funding

The Discovery Fund will re-open to applications on Monday 17 July until Wednesday 16 August at 6pm (BST).

Following this round, the Discovery Fund will re-open again in November 2023 for applications.

Impact feature funding

We can provide assistance to applicants who have access requirements and need some support in order to make an application. See Access support for BFI funding applicants.

When you can apply

Discovery feature funding

  • Monday 17 July until Wednesday 16 August.
  • November until January 2024 (exact dates TBC)

Impact feature funding

  • Funding can be applied for on a rolling basis from 21 March 2023.

If you have any questions relating to this funding or your application, email

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