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Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund 2024

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PHOEBE FRANCES BROWN

Phoebe Frances Brown was a hugely talented writer and performer who lost her battle with brain cancer in April 2022 aged just 29. She brought immense wit and warmth to all her work on stage and screen and was a founder member of the all-female comedy collective Major Labia.

THE FUND 2024

The Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund is a £1000 grant that Mister Tibbs will award to a female filmmaker with a comedy idea they want to produce.

So if you’re a writer, director, producer, performer, animator, or some combination of those disciplines, if you identify as female, and if you make comedy, then we want to hear from you.

To apply there are two things we need from you. A written statement and an example of your work.

YOUR STATEMENT should be 500 words tops (or you can record a 3 minute video/audio clip if you find that easier). Your statement should give us a sense of your filmmaking experience to date, what you aim to achieve in your career and how this grant might help move you towards those goals. Tell us a bit about the project you want to make and how £1000 would help you produce it.

YOUR WORK SAMPLE can be anything: an unmade script, a previous sketch, a short film or a live show excerpt. Show us something that you’ve created which gives us a sense of your voice and your tone (and please send links not large attachments wherever possible).

TIMELINE

  • The deadline for applications is Friday May 31st 2024 (please submit before 11:59pm).
  • Mister Tibbs will arrange follow up conversations with shortlisted applicants through July.
  • The winner will be informed on Friday July 26th 2024.
  • Mister Tibbs will screen your work to industry professionals in London and Manchester in January 2025 but we can only do so if you deliver your finished film on or before December 31st 2024.

Please note: this grant is only available to applicants who identify as female. You must be based in the UK and aged 18 or over to apply.

Please also note: Hampstead Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse run a very similar scheme for new playwrights called “The Phoebe Frances Brown Award”. So if you write for stage you might be better served by their scheme than by ours, which is strictly for screen.

You can apply to the Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund by submitting an application form here.

 

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Slick Films Fund

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Slick Films Fund 2024

OSCAR® WINNING SLICK FILMS £10K FILM FUND IN ASSOCIATION WITH BOLTON FILM FESTIVAL

Slick Films, in association with the Bolton Film Festival, proudly announces the “Slick Films Fund” with a grand prize of £10,000 and an array of invaluable industry resources. The fund is designed to discover and nurture emerging talent in the short film sector and support the next generation of filmmakers.

The fund includes a special category exclusively for first-time filmmakers for a prize of £3,000, ensuring a broad support spectrum for creative voices. 

The main prize winner will also receive mentorship from Slick Films Academy Award® winners Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, consultations with London Flair PR, Adrian Barber of Bolton Film Festival and Network Ireland Television for distribution, an in-depth festival strategy crafted by Festival Formula, a full technical DCP package from Cinebox, and a feature in Directors Notes.

1st Prize Winner, Main Fund

The winner will receive;

  • £10,000 funding towards the production of their short film
  • Mentorship from Oscar® winning filmmakers
  • Production Package via Slick Films – access to banking, legal, insurance, accounting, and much more
  • PR Consultation with Publicist Catherine Lyn Scott from London Flair PR (6 x Oscar® Winning Campaigns)
  • Distribution consultation with NITV (Distributed 6 Oscar® Winning Shorts)
  • Consultation with Bolton Film Festival director Adrian Barber
  • A comprehensive Festival Strategy plan with Festival Formula
  • ⁠Featured article in Directors Notes
  • Full technical package from Cinebox DCP Creation

1st Prize Winner, First Time Filmmaker Fund

The winner will receive;

  • £3,000 funding towards the production of their short film
  • Free camera package from one of their trusted partners
  • Script Development with Oscar® winning filmmakers
  • Production Package via Slick Films – access to banking, legal, insurance, accounting, and much more

Key Dates

  • Applications open – 15th April 2024
  • Earlybird deadline (£30.00) – 15th May 2024 (23:59 GMT)
  • Regular deadline (£40.00) – 15th June 2024 (23:59 GMT)
  • Late deadline (£50.00) – 15th July 2024 (23:59 GMT)
  • Notification date – 1st September 2024
  • Pitch event at Bolton Film Festival – 4th October 2024
  • Winners announced – 4th October 2024

Submission Guidelines

  • The fund is open to filmmakers based in the UK and EU.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.
  • Film Production Companies can enter.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished works.
  • Submissions will be judged based on creativity, originality, storytelling, and feasibility for production.
  • Scripts must be in English and not exceed 21 pages in length for both competitions.
  • Lookbooks and Decks are encouraged.
  • Submissions must have at least 2 of the following (Writer, Director, Producer). Sole writers are still encouraged to submit as Slick Films can pair you with recommended directors and producers.
  • Submitters must have an idea of budget and costs.
  • There is no limit on the number of submissions one may enter.
  • Only electronic submissions (PDF) will be accepted.
  • Final deadline for submission is Monday, July 15th, 2024 at 23:59 GMT.
  • If selected among the shortlist in the main competition, you will be invited to pitch your script at Bolton Film Festival on Friday, October 4th 2024, of which attendance will be mandatory.

For more information, visit the Slick Films website here. Apply via the Slick Films Fund Coverfly or their FilmFreeway page. For any inquiries related to the fund, please contact fund@slickfilms.co.uk.

 

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The MØRNING People Fund

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The MØRNING People Fund

MØRNING is a creative strategy studio on a mission to make the world a bit less sh*t than it was yesterday.

The MØRNING People Fund is their quarterly grant for artists, creatives, dreamers and innovators, designed to fuel the boundary-pushing work that keeps culture alive.

Each successful applicant will receive the £4,000 grant along with a support package which offers x1 45 minute coaching session with a MØRNING team member. MØRNING do not help with production.

They want to help you get your dream project out there once you have made it. To kick start your PR, MØRNING will interview you about your practice and the work you made and co-post as a reel on social media. They will also feature you in their substack Burn After Reading and their social media channels getting your work in front of their global client base, including Nike, LV, Snapchat, etc.

For more information about the fund, you can read their Manifesto here.

 

WHO ARE MØRNING PEOPLE?

If you’re someone who believes that creativity is a powerful vehicle for good and you see the sunny side of the digital hellscape we all call home, then you too are a MØRNING person. MØRNING are pretty open to who can win the MPF: anyone who needs help bringing a brilliant creative idea to life.

The fund is here to enable you to make a meaningful project that helps push your career forward. If that’s community driven – exhibition, podcast, tech experiment, community meet up or a zine about your secret obsession – that’s cool too. You can be a Musician, Entrepreneur, Hacker, Student, Writer, Filmmaker, Illustrator, Developer, Photographer, Pensioner, Robot, Artist, or Designer.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants can be any age provided they are a legal adult in their country of residence – typically 18 years and over. Feel free to contact MØRNING at good@morning.fyi if you are unsure.

Please read the guide, terms and conditions, privacy policy before applying. By applying you are confirming you have read and accept that these apply to your application.

Complete the application questionnaire here and upload a PDF outlining your idea in whichever way you like. Just make sure to tell them:

  • What the project is?
  • Who will be making it happen?
  • How it will push culture forward, or any other way it’ll make the world less sh*t
  • How the money will be spent + budget timeline?

Applications are judged quarterly by their formidable panel of MØRNING judges – keep tabs on @morning.fyi for updates on dates! Winners will be notified in the third week of the following month after each application round closes.

FUNDING ROUNDS

MPF Round #1

  • [3rd January – 1st February] Open for applications
  • [w/c 12th February] Shortlisting begins
  • [w/c 19th February] Winner notified
  • [March] Project announced on socials

MPF Round #2

  • [1st April – 1st May] Open for applications
  • [w/c 13th May] Shortlisting begins
  • [w/c 20th May] Winner notified
  • [June] Project announced on socials

MPF Round #3

  • [1st July – 1st August] Open for applications
  • [w/c 12th August] Shortlisting begins
  • [w/c 19th August] Winner notified
  • [September] Project announced on socials

MPF Round #4

  • [1st Oct – 1st November] Open to applications
  • [w/c 11th November] Shortlisting begins
  • [w/c 18th November] Winner notified
  • [December] Project announced on socials

General Enquiries: good@morning.fyi Other Enquiries: isabella@morning.fyi

 

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BBC Storyville Development Pitch 2024

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BBC Storyville Development Pitch 2024

BBC Storyville is delighted to announce an opportunity to pitch to be part of its 2024 DocFest Development Programme. Storyville is passionate about feature documentaries, telling timely stories from across the world.

Open to Directors who have made at least one documentary for theatrical release or broadcast television, selected finalists will pitch in person, sharing new ideas for consideration by the Storyville Commissioners, alongside other industry professionals, at a live industry session in Sheffield on Saturday 15th June 2024.

What is Storyville looking for?

This is a pitch for early-stage projects seeking development funding and support. Storyville are looking for ideas for compelling international stories that will resonate with and engage their audience. Consideration will be given to projects from emerging, diverse filmmaking talent.

Who can apply?

Storyville are keen to support emerging talent that have directed at least one film for tv or theatrical release so far and have the skills to take what they have learned to the next level.

If selected, finalists must be available to attend the pitch event in person, including covering any transport and accommodation costs. Those unable to make this commitment will not be able to participate in the event.

The Prize

  • There is a total prize pot of £3,000. Depending on the strength of project pitches, Storyville may split this between two different projects or award to one single winner.
  • Winners will receive support from one of the Storyville Commissioners via follow-up meetings.
  • Where appropriate, winners will be introduced to Producers/ Production Companies who will be able to support them should their ideas get taken into production.

The Entry Process

To apply to pitch, please click here first to register for access to the Storyville Commissioning website, and then, once access has been granted, to upload your idea.

All ideas must be uploaded by 23:59 BST on 3rd May 2024.

  • In the box marked ‘Project Title’, please write ‘STORYVILLE SHEFFIELD PITCH’.
  • In the box marked ‘logline’, write no more than 120 words summing up your idea.
  • In the box marked ‘synopsis’, write no more than 250 words telling them what the story is that you want to tell (think about this as the billing/ press release for the film. Keep it simple, clear, and punchy)
  • In the section marked ‘Materials and Files’, please upload an up-to-date CV and showreel of no more than ten minutes in length and only including examples of work you have directed.
  • Please also upload a document with answers to the following questions. Each answer should be no more than 500 words. 
    • How will you tell the story?
    • What is the approach you want to take to the storytelling in your film? Is this an observational documentary? An animation? what will we see on the screen? Who are the key characters? Where and how will you film?
    • How will the development funding help you?
    • Perhaps you need some money to invest in  a high level security assessment to demonstrate that there is a safe and effective way to make your film, to some  access, or to pay for a day or two in an edit to cut some material you have in the can as ‘proof of concept’. It really is up to you to explain what you need the money for, and how you will make best use of public funds with this support.

Decision and Notification

Applicants will hear whether they have been selected by 17th May 2024.

Storyville will invite up to five finalists to pitch for this development opportunity in front of the Storyville Commissioners, another industry professional and a live audience during Sheffield DocFest. All finalists will be offered a full Industry Pass (up to 2 passes per pitching team), which will give access to the full festival programme of events.

More details about the pitch format and timings will be provided to those who are shortlisted. BBC Storyville’s decision in selecting finalists to participate, and the winner, is final and discretionary. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For technical issues during your submission please contact Storyvilleteam@bbc.co.uk

 

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WBD Access X Black Britain Unspoken 2024

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WBD Access X Black Britain Unspoken 2024

AMPLIFYING DISTINCTIVE STORIES BY THE NEW WAVE OF BLACK BRITISH STORYTELLERS

Through Black Britain Unspoken, three filmmakers will be selected and supported to produce a short-form documentary (max. 5-6 mins), which may go on to air on the discovery + platform during the UK Black History Month (October 2024).

All submissions will be looked at by an appointed panel and a shortlist of 10 will be invited to a pitch day at Warner Bros. Discovery’s London offices. Three projects will be greenlit and provided with a production budget of up to £15,000 as well as production management support and editorial guidance from Warner Bros. Discovery Commissioning team and Wall to Wall Studios. Alongside this, each filmmaker will undergo a bespoke professional development curriculum through Media Trust and one-to-one mentoring.

Last year’s film pitches explored narratives highlighting moments of joy, celebratory occasions, and even the expressive nature of fashion within the context of the Black community. This year they want to continue to look for unique stories that shine a new lens on the Black British experience.

BBU forms part of the Warner Bros Discovery Access, their creative talent development programmes that champion underrepresented voices.

PROGRAM CRITERIA

To be eligible for the project, you must 

  • Identify as Black (or of Black heritage) and British
  • Be aged 18 or older
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Have no more than three broadcast credits as a director or writer [credits on shorts or other work that have not been broadcast on televisual platforms are permitted]
  • Have not written or directed a feature length film or documentary.
  • Have some prior experience working on a film or some form of visual media (e.g. student film, short film, music video, television etc.)
  • Be available to take part in the programme schedule which is detailed below.

You can apply for Black Britain Unspoken by using the submittable form here.

Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions before submitting your application.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • Submission window: 12 March – 8 April 2024 (11:59pm BST)
  • Informational Virtual Q&A Session: 1-2pm (BST) 21st  March 2024 Sign up here
  • Pitch Day for shortlisted applications: 9am – 6pm on 24 May 2024
  • Final outcomes: Week beginning 27 May 2024
  • Professional Development training week taking place in person, in London between 17 –21 June 2024
  • Pre-production: June – Early July 2024
  • Production/Post-Production: July-August 2024
  • Final films delivered: September 2024
  • Films premiered: October 2024

*Some dates may be subject to change

For more information you can read the FAQs here or you can ask any questions to access.international@wbd.com via email. If you are having technical issues with the application form, please contact accessprograms@warnermedia.com.

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BFI Film Academy open call for delivery partners

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BFI Film Academy open call for delivery partners

The BFI Film Academy Courses programme is part of the BFI’s Skills and Workforce Development strategy. It aims to provide opportunities for talented and committed young people between the ages of 16–19 to develop new skills and build careers in the screen industries, regardless of their background, previous educational achievement, or personal circumstances, with a focus on those from underrepresented groups in the industry. Courses must be led by industry experts and cover key areas of the screen industries, enabling young people to develop crucial commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to make those first steps towards a career in the screen industries.

BFI Film Academy Courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, National Lottery funding awarded by the BFI, with up to £1,052,250 allocated for 2024-25 to deliver 12 regional or national BFI Film Academy Shorts Courses, and up to £640,000 allocated for 2024-25 to deliver eight BFI Film Academy Specialist Courses.

Read more about the BFI Film Academy here.

Key fund dates

Application launch dateTuesday 5 March 2024
BFI Film Academy open call funding webinar2pm Wednesday 20 March 2024
Application closing dateMidday on Friday 3 May 2024
Decision and offer of funding for Short CoursesWeek commencing Monday 10 June 2024
Decision and offer of funding for Specialist CoursesWeek commencing Monday 1 July 2024
BFI Film Academy Short Course commencesFrom September 2024
BFI Film Academy Specialist Course commencesFrom February 2025

What you can apply for

  • For Short Courses, partners can apply for up to £91,500 per region.
  • For Specialist Courses, partners can apply for up to £80,000 per course.
  • See the fund guidelines for a detailed breakdown of what you can use the funding for.

What you need to provide

A full list of what you need to provide can be found in the fund guidelines for each course.

Apply for funding 

Read the full guidelines for the course you’d like to deliver below. You can apply using the application link in the guidelines:

 

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Iris Prize Documentary Fund

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Iris Prize Documentary Fund 2024

The Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival has established a fund (up to £20,000) to finance documentary films (running time: 22/25 minutes or 40 minutes) produced by emerging UK-based LGBTQ+ filmmakers. The Documentary Film Finance Fund is sponsored by OUTtv Media Global and Aberystwyth University.

THE PROCESS:

The Iris Prize will oversee the intake and shortlisting of the applications to the Fund. The Iris Prize Team will be headed by Berwyn Rowlands (Festival Director) and Angela Clarke (BAFTA nominated Documentary film maker). OUTtv Media Global shall make the final selection from the shortlist provided by the Iris Prize.

THE APPLICATION

The initial application will require the following elements:

  1. Project Title
  2. Sentence describing project
  3. Paragraph describing project
  4. Film maker statement explaining why their project should be financed
  5. Examples of relevant work to support the application
  6. Key talent CVs.

Apply here!

WHO CAN APPLY?

Individuals living in the UK can apply with stories that are set in the UK. The fund will be interested in supporting filmmakers who identify as part of communities that are underrepresented in the film industry, including, but not limited to, black, Asian, and minority ethnic people and women.

AUDIENCE – SCREENING THE COMPLETED FILM:

OUTtv Media Global Inc will make sure that the finished film is seen by securing the following rights to the Film in all media for twenty-five (25) years. This will cover:

  • The exclusive Linear Broadcast Rights for Canada
  • The exclusive Expanded Broadcast Rights in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, United States; and
  • The non-exclusive Expanded Broadcast Rights in the rest of the world.
  • The filmmaker retains all other rights.

DECISION MAKING:

The applications shall be reviewed and selected based on the following criteria, in no particular order of importance:

  1. Creative elements: originality of the subject matter/point of view
  2. Creativity, discoverability
  3. Diversity of the creative team
  4. Degree of relevance of the subject matter to the LGBTQ+ community
  5. Track record of the producer/director.

2024 KEY DATES

  • Tuesday 13 February – Open the call for applications
  • Thursday 29 February, 2024 – Zoom call with Angela Clarke and Grant Vidgen for interested filmmakers
  • Sunday 31 March, 2024 – Last date for the receipt of applications
  • April 2024 – Shortlisting process
  • Thursday 2 May, 2024 – Shortlist announced. Between 3 and 6 projects maximum
  • June/July 2024 – Summer School in Aberystwyth (TBC) with support of the Theatre Film and Television Department at Aberystwyth University
  • August/September 2024 – Announce the selected project commission

If you have any questions regarding the fund feel free to email angela@irisprize.org

 

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BFI NETWORK England short film funding 2024

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BFI NETWORK England short film funding

For live action, animation and immersive/virtual reality.

This fund is open to filmmaking teams with directors based in England. It supports the production costs of standalone fiction films. These can be live action, animation or immersive/VR and must be no more than 15 minutes long. The fund is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material, apart from of the writer’s own previous work.

If your project does not fit the criteria for this fund (for example, your director is based outside England, or your project is a documentary), use the funding finder page to find relevant opportunities.

How much you can apply for

You can apply for funds from £5,000 to £25,000.

Demand for BFI NETWORK funding

Based on previous rounds, BFI NETWORK expect to receive a very high number of applications to this fund, and they have a limited amount of funding available. In 2023, they received 1,161 applications and were only able to offer funding to 36 of these films.

The BFI NETWORK’s detailed guidelines will help you and your team decide if this is the right funding route for your project, and give you details about how they assess applications, and the priorities that guide those difficult decisions about which projects they will support.

Working with BFI NETWORK

If your application is successful, along with the funding amount, your project will also receive support and creative oversight from a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive in the region where your director lives.

As well as working with you before and during production, the Talent Executives may be able to advise funded filmmakers on:

  • finding screening opportunities regionally and further afield
  • ways to meet potential collaborators for your project
  • festival strategy for your project
  • other means to gain industry exposure for your work

How to apply

Applications are open from Tuesday 12 March 2024 to Thursday 9 May 2024.

You need to read the funding guidelines before you apply. The application link is included in the guidelines. For more information on funding you can apply for and what support the BFI NETWORK provide, read the FAQs. If you have any questions relating to this funding or your application, you can email bfinetworkfunding@bfi.org.uk.

Audio guidelines

You can also listen to an audio version of the guidelines on Soundcloud.

Finding collaborators for your projects

If you are looking for a writer, director or producer to work with on your project, you can get in touch with your local BFI NETWORK team to see if they have any upcoming networking events.

Get help with your application

BFI NETWORK are committed to making their funding accessible to all. If you have access requirements and need some support applying for funding, see access support for BFI funding applicants.

Alternative formats to introduce BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding

The resources below will give you a summary of information about the fund. They do not supersede the main funding guidelines. If you want to apply for BFI NETWORK England Short Film Funding, you must read the full guidelines.

The British sign language introduction can be found here. The easy read introduction can be found here.

 

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Time + Space Award

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Time + Space Award

Do you have a world-changing idea? If you’re aged 16–25, the National Trust want to hear your big idea and give you the chance to bring it to life at Sir Isaac Newton’s home, where he discovered gravity.

Many great people have shaped the world we know today. Isaac Newton made discoveries in the fields of calculus and gravity, Beatrix Potter shared her passion for nature with stories such as Peter Rabbit and Paul McCartney made music with three other teenagers who went on to become The Beatles. These people, along with many others, lived in or loved the places that the National Trust now look after.

They all lived in separate eras and had individual passions, but one thing they had in common was that each of them had the time and space when they were young to explore their work and make things happen.

What is the Time + Space Award?

The Time + Space Award has been inspired by what Newton called his ‘year of wonders’. At the age of 23, Newton was forced to leave university and return home to Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, a farmhouse the National Trust care for, because of a pandemic in 1666. He used this time to explore his ideas on calculus, optics and the laws of motion and gravity.

This award will give you the time, space and opportunity to explore your big idea in one of four areas – science, art and culture, society and nature and climate. A panel of experts from the fields of science, creativity and culture will help you develop your idea and bring it to life.

Read more about the award here.

The prize

If you’re chosen, you’ll win an award up to the equivalent value of £5,000, which will be a bespoke package including:

  • A private guided tour of Woolsthorpe Manor with members of the Woolsthorpe team and time to work on your big idea here
  • The opportunity to showcase your big idea at Woolsthorpe Manor
  • Tools and resources to help with your idea
  • Meet the judge who’s an expert in your subject area either in person or virtually
  • The opportunity to work with an expert from the National Trust on your idea
  • Dedicated mentoring time around your big idea
  • A one-year free entry pass to National Trust places
  • A book bundle featuring one book from each of the judges
  • The National Trust will cover all your travel and accommodation costs and out-of-pocket expenses. They’ll also pay costs to support childcare, caring duties and loss of working hours.

If you submit a valid application for the Time + Space Award, you’ll get a free National Trust day pass for two visitors to use at any of the participating places in the National Trust’s care.

How to enter

To enter, you’ll need to fill out an online form and answer one of the following four questions:

  • How can science be more accessible and relevant to everyone?
  • Access to art and culture isn’t equal. How can your big idea address the imbalance?
  • What’s your big idea that would change society for the better, for everyone?
  • Nature and climate are in crisis. How can your big idea save them and help us break out of the echo chamber?

You can answer your chosen question as a written response between 200 and 2,000 words, a link to a video between 30 seconds and 10 minutes, or a link to an audio file between 30 seconds and 10 minutes.

The competition opens on 10 January and closes on 30 April 2024 and is open to anyone aged 16–25 living in the UK. If you’re under 18, you’ll need permission from a legal parent, guardian or carer to apply.

The judges, including Dame Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, David Olusoga OBE, Tayshan Hayden-Smith and Megan McCubbin, alongside National Trust representatives, will review your entry. Together, they’ll select four winners.

Full terms and conditions apply. Submit your application here.

You can apply between 00:01 on 10 January 2024 and 23:59 on 30 April 2024.

 

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Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund 2024

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Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund 2024

The Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund invites emerging storytellers from across all parts of the UK to share original and adventurous non-fiction stories that respond to the changing world around us.

Since 2018, the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund (“Made of Truth”) has proudly supported 61 original, short documentaries. They’re delighted to open for a new round of funding and to discover new voices from across the UK over the next 3 years.

What the fund can support

Made of Truth is part of BFI NETWORK and uses National Lottery funds to support all forms of short form non-fiction, including personal stories, hybrid work, artist films, essays, observational and social issue projects. The fund also considers VR and immersive projects whichare firmly rooted in non-fiction.

The fund can support up to 15 individual short documentaries each year with a maximum of £25,000 of grant funding. Films can be between 5-40 minutes in length.

They’re interested in new, cinematic and boundary-pushing ideas and encourage applications for projects that take creative leaps and filmmaking that takes risks on talent, form and content. The fund recognises the quality of difference in perspective, the importance of who is telling the story and strong collaborations.

Who can apply?

They’re looking for emerging creatives who are yet to make a non-fiction feature film (that has had professional distribution.) You may have a track record in another form or genre and are keen to make a short that helps develop your talent on the path to long-form documentary feature filmmaking, or you may have made a doc short or two already.

Made of Truth supports projects with directors based in the UK. This nation-wide programme endeavours to help more voices in more places contribute to distinctive, original storytelling. They can only fund applicants who are over the age of 18, and who are not in full-time education.

Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Fund is committed to supporting a diverse community of filmmakers and working with creatives from underserved backgrounds including Ethnically diverse, Disabled, LGBTQIA+, Working class and non-filmmaking talent. They would like to hear from new storytellers from around the country and all communities and are especially keen to increase the number of projects originating outside London and from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

They strongly encourage Filmmakers to team up with a producer before applying, however you do not need a producer to apply as they can facilitate partnerships with producers for successful applicants.

Successful projects will receive creative and mentorship support from the BFI Doc Society team, and relevant industry partners.

How to apply

  1. Read the Before You Apply Checklist and comprehensive fund guidelines.
  2. Complete your application on apply.docsociety.org
  3. Applications close Mon. 15th Apr 2024 (12:00 BST)

Access support

BFI Doc Society is committed to making its funding accessible to all. TAPE Community Film and Music will be providing individually tailored support for applicants with access needs. Find all the details on what support you can receive and how to get the help required to make an application in this DOC document.

The Easy Read Introduction is a summary of information and does not supersede the main funding guidelines. If you want to apply for the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund you must read the full guidelines. Easy Read introduction to the Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund (PDF) (DOC). You can listen to an audio version of the fund guidelines on Soundcloud.

Documents are provided in PDF and word format on the BFI Doc Society website for access purposes and are for preview only. All applications needs to be filled in on the application portal via your account. The preview documents include Fund Guidelines, Application Form Preview, Fund Q&As, Budget Template, and BFI Diversity Standards Form.

If you have any questions, please read the fund guidelines and the fund FAQ’s which aim to address questions asked regularly by applicants. You can also email on hello@docsociety.org, Watch the Made of Truth webinar here, or register here for a 1-2-1 advice session with the BFI Doc Society Fund team.

 

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