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POCC Film Fund 2023

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2023 POCC x Shutterstock Film Fund: #YourSpace

POCC are thrilled to announce that they’ve partnered with Shutterstock to launch their first POCC Film Fund in 2023. In honour of this year’s theme #YourSpace, the 2023 Film Fund will give two filmmakers of Global Majority Heritage £5,000 each to create their own short film answering the brief: What does ‘your space’ mean as we continue to fight for equality?

WHAT IS THE POCC FILM FUND?

POCC is an organisation of transformation championing change through creativity, activism and non-traditional means. They believe in the power of creativity to drive positive change for the respective communities, and they recognise the barriers to entry and access to funds for global majority creative professionals.

They are funding two short films with budget contributions of up to £5,000 this year with the support of Shutterstock. Projects will receive creative and mentorship support from POCC Productions team, and will be amplified across POCC and Shutterstock channels as well as their POCC Film Club Screenings at London Picturehouse Central.

POCC 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.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • UK directors and filmmakers and those with equivalent experience over the age of 18 are welcome to apply.
  • You must identify as Global Majority – having African, Caribbean, Asian, Latinx, Pacific Islander and/or Indigenous heritage.
  • You must be based in the UK.
  • You should have a minimum of 1 year film and production experience.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO SUBMIT

A Treatment – please submit a treatment which includes a synopsis of your idea and vision for the film, how it responds to the brief ‘What does ‘your space’ mean as we continue to fight for equality?’, Your Script, Visual approach, Cast, Music /Sound, Post Treatment, Crew.

Budget Estimate Template – please download and complete the production budget estimate template. This doesn’t need to be perfect, but gives POCC a sense of how you’d approach the film in bringing to life. Please outline if you have committed funds from other sources outside of the POCC Film Fund to bring your film to life.

Production Schedule Template – please download and complete the production schedule template with a topline overview of your production timings. Again this doesn’t need to be perfect –  but is helpful for POCC to get a sense of how you’d approach topline timings for production.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Applications open 10am (BST) on Wednesday 31st May 2023 and will be accepted until 12 noon (BST) on Sunday 23rd July 2023.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of creative and production specialists from POCC and Shutterstock. The POCC Productions team are happy to review ideas for short films of a length of up to 10 minutes, but ideas should consider the £5,000 budget contribution.

Shortlisted artists will be notified in August and invited to a round of interviews with the panelists to present their treatment and discuss production approach and support.

Final filmmakers will be selected, notified and awarded the grant in August 2023. Once selected, films will need to be delivered by 15th December 2023, so please ensure you consider the production window between September and December this year before applying.

KEY DATES

Please take note of the following key dates for applicants and f inalists, it is important that if you are selected as a finalist, you are available between August-November 2023 to produce your f ilm.

APPLICATIONS

  • MON MAY 29 – Applications Open
  • SUN JULY 23 – Applications Close
  • MON 24 JULY – FRI 4TH AUGUST – POCC and Shutterstock Review Applications. Filmmakers shortlisted for interviews.
  • W/C 7th AUGUST – Interviews held with filmmakers to discuss treatment, budget, approach and support.
  • W/C 14th AUGUST – Successful Filmmakers Notified
  • W/C 21st AUGUST / September – Finalists announced and grants awarded and transferred

PRODUCTION

  • SEPTEMBER – Pre–Production Commences
  • OCTOBER – Shoot Window
  • NOVEMBER – Post and Edit
  • W/C 4th DECEMBER – Filmmakers deliver final film
  • W/C 11th DECEMBER – Amplification across POCC and Shutterstock Channels
  • JAN 2024 – Promotion / Film screening at POCC Film Club across POCC and Shutterstock Channels

HOW TO APPLY

The deadline for applications is 23rd July 2023.

Complete the application form HERE.

Please read FAQs HERE or if you have any questions, please email filmfund@wearepocc.com

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The Space 2023 Commissioning Round

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Digital Commissions

Arts and cultural organisations based in England, including museums, libraries, community organisations and local councils with a cultural project, can apply for a digital commission of up to £15,000 (excluding VAT). 

Commissions are for you to develop and deliver a creative digital project. This might be a video or audio project, or an interactive or immersive experience. 

If your application is successful, The Space can provide support in areas where you may need help, e.g., digital production, content distribution, audience development and online rights. 

They will let you know if your application is successful by Wednesday 26 July 2023. Your project should be something your organisation can publish before the end of February 2024. 

The Space will be commissioning up to 10 creative digital projects in this round.  

To find out more about this opportunity, please read the Commissioning Brief and Terms and Conditions.

Support for Applicants

The Space can arrange help to complete the application form, to apply in different ways, or for information to be provided in different formats.  

If you need support to access, complete or submit the application form, would like more information about the process or information in a different format, please contact The Space by emailing commissioning@thespace.org or telephoning 0121 663 1488 and leave a message including your contact details.

This programme is funded by Arts Council England.

How To Apply

In the application form, they ask for a brief overview of your idea, your artistic experience and an estimated budget.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 29 June 2023.

APPLY HERE

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Grey Moth Non-Fiction Film Fund 2023

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Investing in original ideas and emerging talent

Grey Moth are excited to launch the non-narrative / non-fiction film fund, an initiative that provides £5,000 + bespoke production support + £2,500 kit hire credit + festival strategy towards one project challenging the conventional documentary format.

Whether you’re a standalone documentary filmmaker or working with a team, they want to hear from you!

Grey Moth and their Partners

Grey Moth Originals launched in 2020. To date, they have four completed projects currently at festivals, one in post-production and 2 in pre-production. The rationale of supporting these projects is based on:

The value of the idea, the competence of the filmmaker to deliver to the project’s full potential, and a realistic grasp on how the film is to be completed with Grey Moth’s help.

T A P E Collective

Founded by Isra Al Kassi and Angela Moneke in 2015 to curate screening events which respond to the lack of representation on screen –  T A P E ’s mission remains to support under-served titles, and barriers to accessing cinema and filmmaking with a focus on representation, identity and heritage with the aim to find new audiences, create conversations and collaborations across the creative sector.

Shoot Blue

Shoot Blue is an independent camera and lighting equipment rental house based in London, UK. They supply cutting-edge creative tools to cinematographers, filmmakers and digital content producers.

The Award

  • £5,000 film funding
  • Production support from Grey Moth
  • A bespoke film festival strategy from T A P E collective
  • £2,500 kit credit note with Shoot Blue

Eligibility

In order to apply your team must fit the following:

  • You must be living in the UK
  • You must be over 16 years old
  • Any level of filmmaking experience is welcome
  • Project in pre-production, they don’t offer this as finishing funding

What They’re looking for

  • projects that challenge the conventional formats
  • no scripted drama projects
  • no music videos
  • projects that are experimental, stand apart, play with form, explore niche and hybrid forms
  • Proposed films should be 5-10 minutes in length
  •  films must be able to deliver before February 2024
  • No additional funding to be found or raised to complete the project

Key Dates / Timeline

  • Applications open on Wednesday 21st June
  • Applications close on Wednesday 19th July
  • Winner announced on Monday 28th August
  • Complete by 28th February 2024

APPLY HERE

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Stop Gap Grants

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Immediate support to help manage urgent financial needs

The Film & TV Charity’s Stop Gap Grants can provide you with immediate support to help manage urgent financial needs.

If you’re facing financial barriers that are holding you back, we’re here to support you. If you work behind the scenes in film, TV or cinema, then you may be eligible to apply for a Stop Gap Grant. Our one-off stop gap grants of up to £750 could help with unexpected costs or allow you to access a career opportunity when lack of financial capital is holding you back.

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Work in a behind-the-scenes role in film or television in the UK
  • Be involved in creating or distributing entertainment that is shown in cinemas, broadcast on UK TV channels or on-demand services, or streamed on pay-to-view digital platforms.

How long do you need to have been working in the industry?

You will have had at least 40 days of paid work in the last 18 months or have worked at least two years in film and TV and are seeking funding to return to work after a career break.

Support for cinema workers:

We provide limited support to front-of-house cinema workers, including free access to our Support Line and online resources, but are only able to provide financial support including our stop-gap grants to individuals from back office or technical teams that have worked full-time in the cinema trade for at least 18 months in the last two years.

Please read our full eligibility criteria and guidance to find out more before completing your application below.

Stop Gap Grant Application Form:

Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Stop Gap Grant, a one-off grant of up to £750 to meet urgent need or enable you to access a career opportunity when lack of financial capital is holding you back. Our awards will be prioritised to those who are experiencing the greatest need and have the least financial resilience.

The form consists of the following sections:

  • Our eligibility checklist
  • Your personal details
  • Your professional experience
  • Your current financial situation and needs, including a budget form
  • Your agreement and declaration

To apply for the grant, you will need three pieces of evidence:

  • At least one online profile from either BFI, IMDb, Screenskills, Mandy or Talent Manager. If you don’t have any of these then we can consider, at our discretion LinkedIn or similar. Vimeo or YouTube is not preferred as a source of evidence
  • Documentation such as three payslips, P45 or P60 invoice, or at least three remittance advice or contracts
  • Current CV including details of your last three jobs
  • You will also need to provide a professional referee

You will also need access to:

  • Basic details of your work history
  • Basic details of your current finances (including any income, expenditure, debts, and savings)

Click here to complete the application form.

If you require support to complete this form or have any questions, please contact the Grants Team at grants@filmtvcharity.org.uk

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Roundhouse Film Fund

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ABOUT THE ROUNDHOUSE FILM FUND

Do you have an incredible short film idea? Roundhouse Film Fund supports 3 emerging filmmakers to create new short films exploring social and political issues from their unique perspectives. They’ll give you £1,000 plus support to make it happen, and have it screened at the Roundhouse!

Twice a year the Roundhouse Film Fund commissions 3 micro short films, the Film Fund support is split into two sections.

  1. An opportunity for an early career filmmaker / director to cut their teeth and create a professionally commissioned film. Roundhouse supports the filmmakers through the development, prep and production stages with resources, mentoring and access to kit and studios.
  2. Support for the filmmaker and their producer (if they have one) to create a distribution and platforming strategy and their next career steps through mentoring, screening, contacts and platforming.

WHAT YOU GET

  • £1000 production budget for you to spend on making your film
  • A professional mentor with industry experience and connections, chosen to support your specific needs and ambitions
  • Additional in-kind production support and advice from Roundhouse producers
  • Equipment: access to the Roundhouse in-house camera, sound and lighting kit and/or loan from the kit house VMI up to an insurable value of £100,000*
  • £1K towards working with a Bucks Music Group writer to compose the score for the filmmaker’s film, as well as access to and free use of the Standard production music library, mentorship with a Bucks sync & media rights team member and a masterclass for advice on music clearances, original composition, music licencing, music rights
  • The chance to showcase your film at a public screening event programmed by the Roundhouse and then later down the line a Roundhouse supported online launch via Roundhouse channels
  • Free Roundhouse Creative Studios Membership valid for 12 months from registration
  • Your film will be submitted for the Wiggin Emerging Filmmakers Award in Winter 2023. The winner of the award will receive £8,000 to develop their film career. The award will be facilitated by the Roundhouse. Winners will also receive mentorship and support from various industry professionals including Wiggin professionals
  • Distribution planning support and masterclasses after the screening

WHO THEY’RE LOOKING FOR

This is an independent study programme, so you will need to already have all the relevant skills necessary to make your film. But they will pair you with industry professional mentors who can share their experience and advice, chosen to support your specific needs and ambitions.

Roundhouse are looking for applications from directors who are 18-25 years old. They encourage application partnerships with producers, but this isn’t necessary. In order to benefit from the distribution strategy section of the fund, producers must be 18-30 years old.

The Film Fund aims to commission and support a creative and innovative artistic approach to presenting socially relevant films that are entertaining, enlivening and inspiring for audiences. They want to offer a platform for open-minded discussion, radical thinking and balance wherever possible, building on the heritage of the Roundhouse as a platform for cultural revolution.

This fund was previously known as the Roundhouse Online Film Fund. As with its popular predecessor, the fund exists to support the next generation of filmmakers in creating dynamic, experimental content, with the added bonus of providing screening opportunities at Roundhouse festivals and shows.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Filmmaker/directors who are 18-25 years old. If a producer is involved they must be 18-30 years old.
  • To be successful you will need to have a strong film idea and the skills/experience you need to make it.
  • They’re open to all genres of films – from narrative to animation, documentary to experimental – but the film must be under 5 minutes in duration.
  • Your film should be about social and/or political issues from your perspective. It should reflect the time we are living in now and identify the issue(s) which are most important to you.
  • Filmmakers need to be based in the UK. They accept applications from across the nation, but please bear in mind that some of the awards resources are based in London, i.e. Roundhouse Studios and VMI kit house. So you will need to consider that practicality if applying from outside of London.
  • They can only support shoots that take place in the UK.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply you will need to fill in their online application form, that includes writing a treatment (a 2-3 page document outlining your film idea). Please download and read their terms and conditions, and their guide to writing a treatment. When you are ready fill in their online application form where you will be able to include a link (google drive, dropbox etc) to your treatment.

The deadline for this round of applications is Mon 24 July, 10am. Interviews take place on Tue 8 and Wed 9 August. 

If you have any questions about the fund or the application process please do get in touch at media.projects@roundhouse.org.uk.

I HAVE ADDITIONAL NEEDS. WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE?

Roundhouse is committed to supporting D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse young people, those with medical conditions, access requirements or any lived experience that may require adaptation, support or sensitivity. If there is anything you would like to let them (their youth workers, tutors or staff) know that will support your enjoyment and access, you can do so by emailing us at advicebase@roundhouse.org.uk, and they will contact you to discuss further how to best support your engagement.

Terms and conditions

Writing a treatment guide

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Sky Documentaries Shorts Initiative

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ABOUT THE INITIATIVE 

Sky Documentaries, the home of world-class, real-life stories from award-winning and emerging film makers, has launched its first documentary shorts fund in partnership with APEX to inspire filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Sky Documentaries Shorts Initiative will provide up to £500,000 to fund several documentary shorts throughout the year, with a runtime of 10-30 minutes. The initiative will support creative talent from underrepresented minorities who face barriers to opportunities, due to mental health or disability, and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic or traveller communities. This new program will invest in and spotlight a new wave of UK filmmaking talent, ensuring a clear and accessible pathway for filmmakers interested in creating distinctive and quality shorts, as a stepping-stone to longer form content for Sky Documentaries and beyond.

ELIGABILITY

Do you have a passion and determination to tell fresh and thought-provoking stories? Do you have industry experience as a producer, assistant producer, development exec, editor or director, but have not yet directed a terrestrial or SVOD hour? Are you a UK resident? If so, we want you to apply! We will partner chosen talent with experienced factual producers who will provide mentorship and production support throughout the process.

THE BRIEF

The brief is simple – bring us your best story. The short should be artistically ambitious, whether an intimate biography, intriguing sporting history, jaw-dropping crime mystery or something else. Your film may reflect on major global events that resonate universally or be inspired by something altogether different and extraordinary.

We are looking for filmmakers who will craft shorts that prioritise the story, are specific, engaging and driven by a clear original vision. We are not looking for anything hosted by a presenter.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should apply with a CV and a written treatment of their idea with a creative outline no longer than two pages. Submitting a tape is not required but will be considered if sent.

Applicants must be a UK resident to apply and only one application per person will be accepted.

The Sky Documentaries Shorts Initiative will be accessible throughout the year and further opportunities to apply for the fund will be announced in Autumn. If you have any queries, please contact SkyDocsShorts@sky.uk

Sign in to take part HERE.

 

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Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund

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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

The Phoebe Frances Brown Film Fund is a £1000 grant that Mister Tibbs will award to an up and coming 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 June 16th 2023.
  • Mister Tibbs will arrange follow up conversations with shortlisted applicants through July.
  • The winner will be informed on Friday August 4th 2023.
  • Mister Tibbs will screen your work to industry professionals in London and in Manchester in January 2024 but they can only do so if you deliver your finished film on or before December 31st.

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 the one by Mister Tibbs, 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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Biennale College Cinema – Twelfth Edition

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Call BCC 12 – International

The call is dedicated to teams of director and producer, from all over the world. Biennale College Cinema will select nine international microbudget projects and their teams will be invited to participate in a 10 day workshop in Venice.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This initiative consists of the selection and development of 9 micro-budget projects and the production of up to 3 audiovisual works and presentation during the Venice International Film Festival. The selection will be made by the Artistic Director of the Cinema Sector of La Biennale di Venezia, whose decision will be final, assisted in the various phases by a staff of consultants of his own choosing. The audiovisual concepts will be developed from every point of view, focusing not only on the artistic development, but also on the audience design. This means addressing a specific, even niche, audience from the earliest phases of the development of the film. The program will also focus on the production and budget control.

PARTICIPANTS

We will select up to 9 micro-budget concepts/ideas presented by international teams consisting of a director and a producer, with no age limit and with the following:

  • The application  must be submitted exclusively by a team of a producer and a director.  There is no participation or registration fee.
  • It is mandatory that the team that applies, if selected, is the same team that participates in the workshop and if awarded the grant continues together to produce the film.
  • The directors, at their debut or second audio-visual work, must present themselves in tandem with producers who have already produced at least 3 audio-visual works (including short film, web docs, web series, music videos, advertisements, etc.) If the producer has already produced a feature-length fiction or documentary film distributed and/ or presented at Festivals, they are still eligible to participate in the Call.
  • Teams that have previously submitted an application to the previous Biennale College Cinema editions will not be able to re-apply with the same project. Participants who were selected for the workshops of the previous Biennale College Cinema editions will not be accepted again.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR APPLICATIONS (to be presented in English):

  • A Synopsis (1 page, max 350 words or 1.800 characters)
  • Treatment for a micro-budget project (5-10 pages, max 3.500 words or 18.000 characters) that fully describes the project. It can be a feature film, an animation, a documentary – all genres eligible and a statement outlining how the project will explore the micro-budget aesthetic –what particular challenges the film team is looking to explore in terms of form and content. (No more than one page). To be presented in the same file of the treatment.
  • Director’s Vision: it can be represented by a mood board, a project-book (few pages of a storyboard, a colour script, a series of drawings or photographs) or by a video (max 3 minutes). It visually complements the written concept, and describes the project through images.
  • Previous works by the director (max 2) digital or on film, to be uploaded directly on the website, with english subtitles
  • Casting Idea (1 page, max 350 words or 1.800 characters).
  • Total Budget up to a maximum of € 200.000,00
  • Biographies and filmographies of the director and the producer. The filmography needs to include the following information: all previous works including the title, year, length of film, genre (documentary or fiction) and role in the production.
  • Production Company Profile.
  • Video-Pitch Presentation, in English, by the director (max 3 minutes)
  • Audience Engagement Plan (1 page, max 350 words or 1.800 characters), which describes how to create audience awareness through on-line communities.
  • Rights Disclosure with regards to full ownership of rights to the submitted project or, should the rights of third parties be involved, a guarantee that the acquisition of all rights in view of production has been concluded or is currently being negotiated. In the latter case the cost must be indicated in the budget, cannot exceed the total of € 200.000,00.
  • Signed agreement between the producer and the director confirming their willing to complete the project within the requirement and schedule of the program.
  • Confirmation that the project has not being supported already with finance for development or production.
  • List of training courses and events in which the project has circulated already.

Please complete the application form HERE by 3rd July 2023.

DATES, VENUES, TIMELINE

The selected teams will be involved in a series of on-line and off-line activities, starting from July 2023 up to the Venice International Film Festival in 2024.

  • 3 May 2023 – Call for Applications “BCC 12 – International”
  • 3 July 2023 (23:59 CET) – Deadline for applications “BCC 12 – International”
  • 30 August – 9 September 2023 – Announcement of the 12 selected teams: 3 from “BCC 12 – Italia” and 9 from “BCC 12 – International”
  • 19 September 2023 – Deadline for delivery of detailed step outline and production documents.
  • 7 – 16 October 2023 (travel dates: October 6th  e 17th ) in Venice – workshop for the selected teams (3 Italian and 9 International).
  • 10 November 2023– Deadline for all 12 project-teams to deliver 1st draft scripts, budgets and schedules.
  • by 24 November 2023 –  Notification of the results
  • 4 – 7 December 2023 (travel dates: December 3rd  e 8th ) in Venice – workshop dedicated to script development.
  • 3 January 2024 – Delivery of 2nd draft script, updated budget, shooting & production schedule.
  • 10–17 January 2024 – on-line workshop dedicated to pre-production
  • 11 July 2024 – All film projects to have screened final cut to Festival director
  • 16 August 2024 – Delivery date for the Venice International Festival

For more details about BCC 12, visit their website HERE.

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Genera Films Funding

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SHORT FILM FINALLY FOUND A HOME

FUNDING . SHOWCASING . CONNECTING.

Genera Films was born from pure desire to help filmmakers get their short films made.

Initially, that was by offering a new type of funding opportunity, one with an accessible application process and waiving the right for any creative in put on the projects we support.

On becoming a Pro Genera Films member, filmmakers will receive a free funding application for one of our short film funding rounds. Up to £5,000 can be applied for to help with development, production, post-production and/or film festival costs.

If you’re just looking for funding without becoming a member, you can simply apply by paying the non members one-off application fee of £40-£50 to one of our funding rounds – which are open for submission 365 days a year.

FUNDING ROUNDS

Filmmakers around the world can apply for our funding rounds for their short films. The rounds are open 365 days a year, with up to £5,000 up for grabs. The dates of the funding rounds are on their home page.

Pro Genera Films members receive a free funding application annually.

Non – Pro members pay a one-off application fee:

  • Earlybird £40
  • Regular £45
  • Final £50.

HOW TO APPLY

Sign up to Genera Films either as a Pro member or Non-Pro member HERE.

Once you have signed up, you can submit an application using their simple form.

 

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Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund 2023

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Made of Truth is NOW OPEN for applications until Tuesday 27 June at 12.00pm (noon) BST.

The Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund invites emerging storytellers from 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 50 original, short documentaries. We’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 which are firmly rooted in the non-fiction form.

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.

We’re interested in new, cinematic and boundary-pushing ideas and encourage applications from 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.

In addition to supporting the BFI National Lottery fund objectives, we have introduced four guiding principles that underpin assessment on the fund (detailed fully in our Fund Guidelines), they are:

  • Open collaboration: Working collaboratively across the fund and talent support is the best way to learn and to support the documentary field and move beyond centres of power toward a truly distributed knowledge base and field.
  • Representing all of UK society: From the ground up, the Fund must be representative of society.
  • Freedom of creative expression: Documentary creatives should be able to take smart creative risks on documentary storytelling, in ways that develop and expand the documentary form
  • Audience right to culture: Audiences have a right to be able to access film culture and independent documentary belongs in spaces of open dialogue.

WHO CAN APPLY?

We’re looking for emerging creatives who are yet to make a non-fiction feature film. 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 filmmaking, or you may have made a documentary 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. We can only fund applicants who are over the age of 18, and who are not in full-time education.

Made of Truth is committed to supporting a diverse community of filmmakers and working with creatives from underserved backgrounds including ethnically diverse, disabled, LGBTQIA+, and working class. We 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.

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

HOW THEY SUPPORT FILMMAKERS

Successful projects will receive creative and mentorship support from the BFI Doc Society team, and relevant industry partners. As well as working with filmmakers prior to and during production, we also advise awarded filmmakers on:

  • Finding screening opportunities, regionally and further afield
  • Potential collaborators for the project
  • Festival strategies for the finished project
  • Other means to gain industry exposure.

ACCESS SUPPORT

The 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 PDF document.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Read or listen to the fund guidelines
  2. Read the preview of the application form and frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)
  3. Read the guidance and complete your BFI Diversity Standards Form
  4. Register an account on docsociety.org
  5. Complete your application on https://app.docsociety.org/apply/
  6. Submit your application by Tuesday 27 June at 12.00pm (noon) BST.

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