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Edge of Nature: Short Film Fund

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Edge of Nature: Short Film Fund

The EDGE of Nature: Short Film Fund supports and nurtures emerging natural world storytellers to create fresh, out-of-the-box storytelling approaches to engage GenZ audiences and spotlight EDGE species and habitats.

Delivered by Wildscreen in partnership with On the Edge, this new short film fund will catalyse new and creative projects by emerging filmmakers globally, bringing new perspectives and fresh approaches to the natural history filmmaking genre.

Applications are now open and full fund information is available below.

Application deadline 5pm BST, Thursday 5th October 2023.

What is Edge?

Edge Species

  • EDGE species are Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered species in the plant, fungi and animal kingdoms.
  • They collectively represent billions of years of evolutionary history. When they’re gone, there’s no replacing them.

Edge Zones

  • EDGE Zones add up to less than 1% of earth’s land collectively but hold one-third of the planet’s terrestrial vertebrates.
  • They are spread across five continents, from the humid forests of Madagascar to the mountainous Western Ghats region of India.

The Fund

The EDGE of Nature: Short Film Fund is your chance to bring your natural world film project to life! Delivered in partnership with On the Edge, the fund will platform unique stories and storytelling talent from across the international wildlife production and conservation ecosystem, spanning off-screen to on-screen talent. Applications will be open to filmmakers globally.

Grants of between £2,000 to £15,000 are available.

Successful grantees will receive training, support, mentorship, and their films will be previewed at Wildscreen Festival 2024.

Project Criteria

 Projects must;

  • Have an aspect of an Edge Species or Edge Zone as the central focus
  • Be a film-based short (minimum 1 minute, maximum 40 minutes). It can be any genre, including animation and genres other than traditional Natural History
  • Not have any finance already secured or agreements in place from a broadcaster, platform, sales agent etc. and cannot have previously been broadcast, transmitted or commercially distributed in any form
  • To read the full Terms and Conditions, including further project eligibility criteria click here.

Applicant Criteria

To be elgible to apply, applicants must;

  • Be 18 years of age on or before the 1st October 2023.
  • Not have any professional (i.e. broadcast) Producer or Director credits (please note that this does not include student projects).
  • Have less than five cumulative years of paid experience within the film and television industry.
  • Have a maximum of one Assistant Producer credit.
  • Not be in full time education at any point between October 1st 2023 and November 1st 2024.
  • An application can be submitted by one person or a team. If a team, only two people can participate in the virtual live pitching session in October 2023. Full applicant eligibility is outlined in the terms and conditions.

What you need to apply

To apply you must provide a Project Treatment, Project Budget and Project Plan.

Guidance and templates are available to download below. If you require translated versions of these resoruces please contact Please note that you don’t have to use these templates for your Project Plan or Project Budget. Budgets must be submitted in GBP. A currency convertor is available on the Budget Template.

How to apply

Complete the online application form (available via the button below). An application overview is also available below. Please note that all applications must be submitted via the online application form. Applications submitted in any other format will not be accepted. Submissions can be made in any language. Application deadline 5pm BST, Thursday 5th October 2023

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Film Hub Midlands Film Exhibition Fund Round Two 2023

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Film Hub Midlands Film Exhibition Fund Round Two 2023

The second round of the Film Exhibition Fund is set to continue to reboot the independent film exhibition sector and aid the cultural organisations across the Midlands. It supports exhibitors to continue audience development activity in line with FAN objectives, programme British, independent and international film, and deliver screenings.

The fund supports activity taking place from October 2023 – 31 March 2024. Support of up to £10,000 is available, and the fund is open to the entire range of members of Film Hub Midlands. Support can cover programming, marketing, audience development, and associated screening costs. Whilst projects can range from seasons, festivals, one-offs and special events, to continuous support for independent cinema programmes.

Whilst audiences are at the heart of everything FAN does, the sector’s ability to reach those audiences in a collective setting is entirely dependent on the sustainability of the cinemas, festivals, community venues, and other organisations that make up the Film Audience Network. Online activity will only therefore be considered for support when accompanied by in-person screenings.

How to apply

Complete the Film Exhibition Fund proposal form here. Deadline is Friday 1st September 2023.

If you require assistance to complete this form, the BFI provides access support, find out more here. The Film Hub team are available for one-to-one general support and advice with your application.

This form requires you to complete several sections outlined below, and send us a budget document to

As it is not possible to save your progress on the form, you may find it easier to prepare your answers to these questions offline before starting your submission.


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Voices With Impact: Film Production Grant 2023-24

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Voices With Impact: Film Production Grant 2023-24

Voices With Impact is a yearly short film production grant that funds 5 minute films that create transformative conversations around the topic of mental health. Each year VWI awards 10 filmmaking teams $7.5k to make a 5 minute short on specific underrepresented mental health topics.

This year they are looking for proposals on the topic of Serious Mental Illness, or Cliques & Echo Chambers.


They are global, you can apply from anywhere in the world! 

They accept any genre of film proposal, from documentary to dark comedy, from drama to experimental animation.

The proposal must be for a film 5 minutes or less.

The 2024 submission window for film proposals is now open. The deadline is Midnight (Pacific Time) September 17 2023. Submissions will be juried by filmmakers and mental health professionals.

How to enter

To enter you will need to complete the webform here. There are three sections to the form; your contact information, your previous work, and your proposal. Please follow the submission guide below when creating your proposal or read the full proposal submission criteria here.

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Film Pipeline: Short Script & Film Competition 2023

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Film Pipeline: Short Script & Film Competition 2023

About Film Pipeline

Launched in 2018, Film Pipeline searches for extraordinary directors, produced shorts, unproduced scripts, and other content from a growing field of talent worldwide. Filmmakers and writers discovered through Pipeline receive circulation assistance to agencies, managers, and executives on the lookout for the next wave of artists, with a sharp emphasis on diverse storytelling and stylistic originality. Unlike a traditional one-and-done festival, the company champions individual writers and directors, playing a central role in getting projects developed, produced, and promoted.

For 23 years, Script Pipeline has bridged the gap between up-and-coming writers and the industry through a unique, long-term, hands-on facilitation process. The result thus far has been $8 million in scripts sold to studios and networks since 1999, most recently the seven-figure sale of Script Pipeline finalist Bring Me Back to Legendary Entertainment. In total, across Film, Book, and Script Pipeline, approximately 25,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with ~2,000 entries submitted to Film Pipeline in 2021.

Short Script Competition

The 6th Annual Film Pipeline Short Script Competition provides an opportunity for writers to get their project financed and produced. Their executives collaborate with the finalists from development to production, supporting their efforts on both their selected script as well as future material. All genres accepted, and scripts may be intended as proof-of-concept or standalone shorts.

With over two decades of experience discovering new screenwriters, they’ve cultivated a dynamic, hands-on process of development and industry introductions for filmmakers. This allows both emerging and seasoned writers and directors to receive personalised assistance in all facets. And, most importantly, Pipeline spotlights and supports selected talent with the intent of fostering their careers long-term.

Winner and finalists awarded:

  • $5,000 to winner
  • Extensive development from Pipeline’s executive team, including feature script development (if applicable)
  • Industry circulation to specific management and producing partners
  • Additional long-term development of other film and TV scripts
  • Financing consideration for future short scripts


  • Regular: September 1st, 2023 – $40
  • Late: September 15th, 2023 – $45
  • Submit here! You can upload your submission material through the link, or email it to after you’ve completed your order.

Short Film Competition

The 6th Annual Film Pipeline Shorts Competition seeks remarkable directors and diverse, engaging content—the type of work defined by forward-thinking perspectives and unconventional yet universally appealing stories.

Film Pipeline has created a platform significantly different from a festival: selected entrants are given one-on-one collaboration with Pipeline execs to develop or produce additional scripts, consideration for industry circulation, and extended promotion of their film to their broader audience.

Winner and finalists awarded:

  • $5,000 to winner
  • Industry circulation consideration to select partners, including agents and managers
  • Promotion of the short and the filmmakers’ future work
  • Additional long-term development of other projects
  • Financing opportunities for additional shorts


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First Flights Short Film Fund – Kodak Film Edition

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First Flights Short Film Fund – Kodak Film Edition

The short film fund allows emerging talent from around the world to test their ideas before embarking on a feature film.

Grants of up to £7,000 / $10,000 are available towards the production costs of all scripted genres and documentary short film content.

Filmmakers can compete in a special category to shoot their film on genuine 16mm film stock. Winners of this category will receive 10 x 400ft rolls of KODAK 16mm film stock, along with processing costs.

Filmmakers will have full creative control of the project but will receive support in submitting the film to festivals and distribution opportunities with Network Ireland and Televison and ShortsTV.

Selection Process

All applications and scripts are reviewed and graded on a point-based system, across seven categories covering originality, creativity, plot, pacing & structure, characters, entertainment, and message effectiveness. The long list is created and reviewed by a team of independent judges from across the film industry, from which all candidates are interviewed. The ratings from independent judges and the interviews are then used to make the final selection.

Submission Dates

  • Early bird fees are £20 per project until August 31st
  • Regular fees are £30 until September 30th
  • Late fees are £40 until October 31st

Awards will be given to projects which intend to be in production no more than six months after the deadline closes. Awards provided are non-recoupable grants.

How to apply

Filmmakers log in to submit your project information HERE.

Project submissions will need to include:

  • Project details: title / genre / location / budget / funding amount sought / intended production date
  • A logline (up to 30 words)
  • A synopsis (250 words)
  • A directors vision – creative ideas and information on why the story is important and who it is for (250 words)
  • A completed script (no more than 30 pages)
  • A biography of the director. Links to the director/writer/producer IMDB pages if available
  • A budget (template provided)
  • Optional: look book and sizzle reel
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Studio21 Drama Series Script Competition 2023

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The Studio21 2023 script competition opens for entries

The competition connects emerging writers with the global content business, offering the winner a £10,000 development option and unique opportunity to connect with the global drama business through C21Media’s Content London in December.

The winning project will be developed by Studio21, supported by an advisory board made up of the most creative showrunners and television executives in the business including Chris Albrecht, who built HBO with shows like Sex and the City and The Sopranos to Netflix’ former head of international programming and a raft of leading showrunners who have created and run series from Criminal Minds to Rome, Shameless, Spooks, This Life and many more. Studio21 will connect the project with the right coproducer, platform, channel or partner.

Previous winners now have their shows in development with leading producers, and the raft of new writers and projects taken under the Studio21 wing is commanding the attention of coproducers and commissioners worldwide.

From the pool of submissions, made between 15 June 2023 and 13 September 2023, a shortlist of 21 scripts will be selected and from these six finalists will be chosen to present their script to the global drama business at Content London 2023, or through the Content London digital initiative, whichever the world allows!

This audience includes key commissioners from digital platforms including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, to broadcasters from ABC, BBC and C4 to YLE, and ZDF, attending Content London. Shortlisted entries will be announced on 6 October 2023 and the six finalists will be announced on 13 October 2023.

The winning writer will receive £10,000 from Studio21 to option the project and acquire the script. Studio21 will further develop the project in association with the writer to take out internationally.
The Studio21 Drama Series Script Competition is produced in association with C21Media, Content London and Script Angel.

Each finalist will also receive a free consultancy session from Script Angel. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your script in front of the world’s drama community! Studio21 are looking for original drama series with global appeal. Be part of the story.

Key Dates

  • The script competition is open for entries between 15 June 2023 and 13 September 2023, 23:59 GMT.
  • The 21 shortlisted projects will be notified on 6 October 2023.
  • The six finalists will be notified on 13 October 2023.
  • The script competition final will be held at Content London on 27 November 2023.

How to apply

Submissions must consist of a pilot script in the English language (“the Script”) and a 1-4 page series treatment (“the Treatment”) plus a Reference from an industry professional. You can read the guidelines for this here.

Submissions must be made through the online submissions form which can be found by clicking here. Any Submissions submitted by email or by any other method shall be not accepted or considered for the Competition.

The script, the treatment and the reference comprise “the Submission”. You may only enter one project per submission. An Entrant’s Submission must be typed in English.

There is an entry fee (“the Entry Fee”) of £40 (forty British pounds) per Submission to enter the Competition, to be paid online via credit/debit card. The Entry Fee covers the cost of paying for independent readers to evaluate the Submissions.

Entrants should include their full name, email address, country of residence and contact information with their submission. The Promoters are not able to return an Entrant’s Submission once delivered to the Promoters for consideration.

If you are experiencing any issues with your submissions please email

The deadline to submit your application is 13 September 2023, 23:59 GMT.

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Mark’s Gift 2023

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Mark Milsome Foundation

The Mark Milsome Foundation is inspired by the achievements, character and unique nature of our respected friend and colleague, Mark Milsome, who was killed whilst filming a car stunt in Ghana 18th November 2017.

As a charitable organisation, they encourage and support young people whom they believe display the qualities needed to thrive in the British Film and Television industry. The Foundation look for evidence of genuine passion and a strong work ethic from young people before considering anyone to be deserving of support or scholarships in Mark’s name. The Foundation help a successful applicants overcome the challenges of finding work experience, mentorship and eventual employment in an industry that is traditionally difficult to access without the benefit of insider contacts.

With regards to the nature of Mark’s death, they are determined to educate and promote modern Health and Safety practice and to evolve in a way that best serves the scholars, the Film and Television Industries and the memory of Mark Milsome.

What is Mark’s Gift?

Every year, on Mark’s birthday, the Foundation gifts £2,000 to someone they believe Mark would have wanted to support. In Mark’s 60th birthday this year, they hope to provide the opportunity to apply to a larger group of individuals including those that are not known to them. To be eligible for the gift, applicants must be starting their career in film and TV, have a keen interest in the camera department and have a specific film project in mind that they are seeking funding for.

How to apply

If you are interested and think that you might meet the application criteria, please email with:

  • Your complete application form
  • Your up-to-date CV
  • 500 words about yourself, why you think you would be a good recipient for Mark’s Gift, and some details about what the money would go towards.

The deadline to submit your application is 30 September, 2023.

If you’re having trouble accessing the application form, please email expressing your interest.

Once you have applied, if they think you fit their criteria, the Mark Milsome Foundation will be in touch later on down the line to request further materials relating to your application.

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BFI Discovery and Impact Feature Funding 2023

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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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BFI NETWORK: More Films for Freedom 2023

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BFI NETWORK: More Films for Freedom 2023

More Films for Freedom is a partnership between BFI NETWORK and the British Council that aims to find and fund vital, creative collaborations that explore LGBTQIA+ global human rights, intersectionality or diaspora identity.

The fund was inspired by the #FiveFilmsForFreedom digital campaign, which originated in 2015 as a partnership between BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival and the British Council and has had 23 million views from over 200 countries and principalities.

We aim to commission up to three new projects that will have at their heart an element of collaboration between UK-based filmmakers and storytellers from both Africa and the Middle East.

What you can apply for

The successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to £25,000 each to cover the costs of all stages of production, delivery of materials, and team travel.

We can support fiction, documentary and animated film, and films that cut across these generic distinctions. All films should have a strong central idea and storyline which will help them reach a wide range of audiences internationally.

How to apply

You must read the funding guidelines in full before applying online.

If you need help with your application, read about access support available below.

When you can apply

Applications are open now and close on Tuesday 29th August 2023.

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

Access support for your application

We can assist you if you have access requirements and need support to make an application. See access support for BFI funding applicants.

Finding collaborators for your projects

Find information on talent development and networking opportunities in your area by connecting with your local BFI NETWORK team.

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The Prince William BAFTA Bursary 2023

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The Prince William BAFTA Bursary is a fund to help assist junior creatives with the costs of progressing their career in film, games or television.

Following a successful pilot year in 2021, the 2022 bursary fund allowed applicants to apply for up to £2,000 towards specific costs such as a training course (including driving lessons), the costs of equipment or software, or relocation costs.

“I am hugely proud of BAFTA’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that young talent from all walks of life are given every possible opportunity to build and develop successful careers in the film, games and television industries”. HRH Prince of Wales, President of BAFTA.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

The Prince William BAFTA Bursary Fund is generously being supported by:

Farah Asemi and Hassan Alaghband, Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne, Christopher Bake, Barbara Broccoli, Carrie Burke, Eilene Davidson, James Davies, Dame Judi Dench, Heather Farrer, John Glencross, Mark and Laura Laurence, Hamish McAlpine, Jason McNab, Joseph Nehorai, Michelle and Simon Orange, Talulah Riley, The Estate of Linda Shire, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust, Igor and Yulia Tikhturov, Natasha Tsukanova, Kevin Ulrich, Robert Wade, Ian Waring, Amelia Winter, The Zilberman Film Foundation.

How to apply

BAFTA are accepting applications until 12:00 (midday) 31st July 2023. You will need to register or log-in to submit an application for the BAFTA Prince William BAFTA Bursary HERE. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact

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