Girls In Film Fund – Deadline March 4th

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Girls in Film and Dr. Martens stand by the belief that any woman, anywhere can take on anything, even when faced with knock backs. Read on to hear what they say about their latest film fund.


Being an independent filmmaker means that you get to follow your own path despite the challenges, and we respect that and want to support you. We seek projects that answer the question of what female strength means to you. We’re looking for projects with fleshed out characters, defined storylines and encouraging messaging.

Girls in Film Fund will accept applications from female filmmakers (minimum director & producer have to be female) with films of any genre up to 7 minutes in length. The films can be in any stage of production but have to be able to deliver to our project deadline in  July 2020.

Through this film we want to celebrate the spirit of female independence and resilience. The overarching goal of our granting program is to help ensure that important female stories and their creators are both told and heard.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • We’re providing £5,000 cash grant to 1 selected director or team.
  • Girls in Film & Dr Martens will organise a launch party for the film in August 2020.
  • Applicants must be resident of UK
  • Minimum director and producer must identify as a woman, trans or non binary womxn
  • Must be 18+ to apply
  • The film concept must be a standalone format, episodic or proof of concept are not accepted
  • Scripts & treatments need to reflect the requirements for length of the film and feasibility of delivering the film on the outlined budget and schedule
  • Additional personal finance is accepted but Dr Martens must stay the majority funder and third party funders are not accepted.


The Application

‍Each applicant will be asked to submit the following:

Team bio: information on director, producer and any other confirmed key HODs
Treatment: the story and your approach, include synopsis, director’s statement and visual approach with mood board
Itemised budget: give us as much information as possible into how you’re using the money
Schedule / post production schedule: project will be greenlit in March 2020 and need to be delivered by July 2020 – can you deliver on tight deadline?
Past work: submit samples of your past work


What are the project deadlines?
The application deadline is 4th March by midnight GMT. No submissions are accepted beyond this deadline.
The shortlisted teams will be notified by 18th March and final winner announced on 25th March after a round of shortlist interviews.

Am I eligible?
‍If you identify as a womxn or non binary and you are based in UK, you are eligible to apply. You don’t have to be citizen of UK but UK citizens based abroad are not eligible this time.

Are men allowed to work on the project? Do all-female teams have an advantage?
‍Men are welcome to work on your projects in positions determined by director and producer. All-female teams are not given preference over other teams.

I’d like to submit my script but I identify as male
‍If you are interested in working on this project as a man, you can find female-identifying director and producer and work with them on your idea. However due to subject matter, stories written from female perspective will be more suitable.

Does the film have to be centered on leading female character?
‍No, the film doesn’t have to be centered on women but it should in some way tell a female story although it can be from point of view of others.

Can the film have other funding?
‍You may supplement the grant using your personal funds as needed but majority sponsorship or funding from third parties is not allowed, Dr Martens remains the majority funder.

Does Dr Martens have to be referenced in the film?
‍While showcasing Dr Martens products is not the objective of the film, competitor product should not be obvious or visible in the final film. If you wish to use it, Dr Martens can provide product for you.

Do I own the rights to my film?
‍You will own all IP rights in your film. However, we require you to grant us permission to use, distribute, or edit the complete film for promotional purposes and distribute them on Girls in Film and Dr Martens channels.

Licenses and releases for the film
‍If there is music in your film, you are required to obtain the rights to use and/or reproduce the music in your film. At a minimum, this will require a license that includes all necessary digital, synchronisation, performance, festival and other necessary usage rights.You are required to receive a model release from all participants appearing in your film. Please avoid filming competitor logos and artwork — you may need their permission to share.

To Apply

All applications have to be submitted via FilmFreeway, after creating an account where you upload your project.  The competition is not searchable through website.
FilmFreeway has some automated submission options and not all of them are necessary to fill – so don’t worry if you don’t have all boxes filled in. Make sure you give us as much information about your project as possible and attach your treatment, budget and rough schedule.
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The Royal Television Society opens 2020 bursary schemes – Deadline June 30th

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The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s forum for television and related media, has launched its bursary scheme for 2020, further expanding opportunities and eligibility for students across the UK. This year’s scheme opened at the start of February and is accepting applications until 30 June 2020.

Available Bursaries

The RTS offers two bursary schemes (the Technology bursary and the TV Production and Journalism bursary) to talented students from low-income backgrounds, intending to pursue a career in television. Eligibility has been extended to include students taking Higher National Diplomas at level 5 or 6 in Television, Film Production, Journalism or other related subjects for the Television Production and Journalism bursary, and for relevant subjects such as Computer Science, Engineering, Maths or Physics for the Technology Bursary.

The number of bursaries offered in 2020 will reach 40 across both schemes, with STV matching its commitment from last year and generously funding 10 further bursaries for the 2020 intake.  All3Media and the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund also contribute to the bursary schemes. To date, the RTS has 162 bursary students and graduates, with the schemes running since 2014.

Former Awardees

Of the three years of production graduates 75% are now in the industry, working with impressive companies and gaining notable credits to progress their careers. RTS Bursary Scheme alum Dean Massey works as a Camera Operator Editor at Sky News covering both foreign and domestic news stories. Some of his recent work includes Trump’s impeachment, the Australian Bush fires and tensions with Iran in the Middle East.

Theresa Wise, Royal Television Society CEO, said: “We continue to be extremely grateful for the support we receive from the industry through their generous funding and the individuals who offer their time as mentors. It is fantastic to see great creative talent such as Dean entering the industry and we look forward to continuing to grow our community of impressive students and graduates in 2020.”

Dean Massey, 2014 Intake Bursary Graduate added: “The RTS bursary scheme provided an invaluable opportunity to meet industry professionals and network. Without the scheme it would have been difficult to afford to do work experience and make the contacts I have today. It was also great to meet so many other students on the RTS bursary scheme, we all keep in contact and help each other out if we can.”

Simon Pitts, CEO of STV, said: “I met the first ten recipients of the STV bursary scheme last year and I was blown away by their enthusiasm, talent and ambition to work in the creative industries.  Expanding this fantastic opportunity to include college students was a no-brainer for us.  There’s so much talent out there and this scheme goes to the heart of STV’s diversity and inclusion aims to improve social mobility, encourage talent and provide real opportunities in areas where we need to reach new audiences to stay relevant. I’m really looking forward to spending time with the successful students at our studios.”

How to Apply

Find out more about the Television Production and Broadcast Journalism bursary and apply here.

Find out more about the Technology bursary and apply here.

The RTS Bursary Scheme submission window will open on the 1st of February 2020 and will close on the 30th of June 2020. 


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Apply for Pitch Pot Funding – Film Hub Midlands

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Film Hub Midlands want to create opportunities for audiences across the Midlands to engage with the widest range of film and in as many places as possible so their Pitch Pots are here to help.

Pitch Pots are available to help support a risk and try something new. Whether you are new to film exhibition and want to put on your first screening or an established cinema or community screen who wants to trial a new type of programming, they want to help audiences in the Midlands engage with the widest range of film in as many places as possible.

This fund is open to exhibitors throughout the year. It will close once the available funds have been awarded. Film Hub Midlands anticipate awards up to £2,000.

Download the guidelines, and Apply Now (Google Forms).

You must be a member of Film Hub Midlands to receive support, you can register now.

Past Projects

Northampton Film Festival

Northampton Film Festival 2019: Coming of Age is a pilot film festival from social enterprise film company Screen Northants. Including a committee of local young people in charge of coming up with the festival’s theme and format. Find out more

The Big Fast

Victoria Park Productions in collaboration with Birmingham Central Mosque, on Eid in 2018 held screening events headlined by the documentary “The Big Fast”. Capturing a diverse range of Muslims fasting within the Midlands. Find out more

Indie Lincs 2019

Indie-Lincs is a ’boutique’ film festival that champions low and micro budget films, and their filmmakers in Lincoln. Find out more

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Apply for a Film Hub Midlands Bursary

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Film Hub Midlands members can apply for bursaries for travel and attendance at training and conferences.

The bursary scheme is designed to enable staff and volunteers of member organisations to enhance their professional development for the benefit of themselves, their organisation and the wider Hub network, with the ultimate aim of broadening audiences and boosting audience choice.

We offer up to £500.00 per bursary. As this is a rolling fund there is no deadline to apply, but you are advised to apply in four weeks advance of any event.Read our guidelines below and apply now, please ensure your organisation is a member of Film hub Midlands prior to applying. More info here.

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Creative Growth Finance Loans for Creative Businesses

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From direct investment and loans to business mentoring; Creative England champion the best ideas of talented people and their businesses. Here is a message from them about their Creative Growth loans, on offer to creative businesses:


Creative England understands the needs of SMEs, particularly those in the creative sector. We know how difficult it is to access finance from traditional sources and that in order to take your business to the next stage, you need a cash injection to make your growth plans a reality.

Creative Growth Finance Debt Fund

The Creative Growth Finance Debt Fund, in partnership with Triodos Bank UK is a £24million fund to provide vital scale up finance to the UK’s most promising creative businesses. The fund will target post revenue, IP rich SMEs, that have reached a point of scale that requires supporting finance. Finance will be directed to post-revenue creative businesses presenting promising growth potential who harness creativity in technologies, are talent led and bring change, disruption and new IP to the creative industries.

The Offer

– Loans of between £100,000 – £500,000*
– Repayment terms of between 1 – 4 years
– Flexible repayment schedules; repayments monthly, quarterly or annually
– A fixed interest rate of between 7.5% – 15% depending on the risk profile
– A 5% management fee charged on payment of the loan


To be considered for a Creative Growth Finance Loan your company must:
– be registered in the United Kingdom
– have been trading for at least two years
– have identifiable revenues and customers
– operate within the creative industries
– have minimum annual revenues of £300,000
– have at least two years of accounts filed at Companies House

To Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit our website at

To learn more about the fund and criteria for applying please read our FAQs.

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New Perspectives Documentary Film Funding – Oct 31st Deadline

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Doc Society’s New Perspectives seed fund is an international film fund supporting the development of documentary features. It focuses on issues of social justice, driven by filmmakers who exhibit a unique perspective granted by their connection to the community or issue at hand.

Doc Society recognizes we are at a time where perspective is key to capture the truth of a story. It aims to support documentary film that ignites passion and creates real impact in audiences. They also recognize it’s incredibly difficult to get started. Doc Society is excited to launch the New Perspectives Seed Fund. This will support the development of non-fiction projects by filmmakers around the world.

They are particularly looking for filmmakers who offer a rare insight of the often underrepresented and overlooked. We’re looking for those stories that break barriers and explore nuance over polarity.

By global they mean global – from London to Dallas, Charleston to Taipei, Missoula to Nairobi. They want to hear from you and support your story no matter where you are from.

Funding and Mentorship

The fund will be providing more consistent, deeper support for filmmakers. From developing their creative approach, to casting characters, to advising on additional funding opportunities – they will be mentoring filmmakers on both the development and the progress of their project. In addition to supporting established filmmakers they will be empowering the next generation of non-fiction storytellers to be brave and curious in pursuing the stories they seek to tell.

This fund supports diversity across gender, sexuality, race, regions, mixed-abilities and class. Talent from non-filmmaking communities are encouraged to apply. This is an open call for filmmakers across the globe – whether you’re in a major city or a small town. Documentary pioneers simply need to be eager to share their perspective of the world around them.

This is strictly a development fund. Grants are non recoupable from $5,000 to $20,000 with all rights retained by the filmmaker.

Who Can Apply

Directors from anywhere around the world, of any level of experience can apply. They should be working on films around issues of social justice and equity, be in the early shooting phase, or editing selects. Doc Society’s New Perspectives seed fund does not fund Art Films, Biographies, Films in mid-production, Profiles, News, Current Affairs, Fiction.

To Apply

The deadline to apply is Oct 30. Grantees will be notified by the beginning of 2020.

All Grants are offered with a mentorship component from Doc Society’s Film and Impact teams.

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New Shoots Film Funding – Deadline October 31st

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New Shoots is Shooting People’s film competition which aims to support filmmakers wanting to take the next step in their career. Win £1,000 in film funding, industry mentorship, filmmaking equipment, prizes and a public screening of your short in London. Shooting People members can submit to any round. Entry is free. Not a member? Join the community now at 50% off (offer ends 31 October).

There will be four rounds to the competition in 2019 with entries open in January, April, July and October. Each round winner gets mentorship and prizes. An overall winner will be announced at our awards ceremony in December and will receive an additional £1,000 of funding to go towards their next film production.

Apply to New Shoots:

  • Submission periods for each round open through January 1st – 31st; April 1st – 30th; July 1st – 31st; October 1st – 31st
  • One month after submissions close, three shortlisted films will be announced
  • Then, these three films will be sent to a filmmaking patron who will select the winning film
  • Each round winner will be screened at a New Shoots live event
  • The overall winner will be announced at our awards ceremony at the end of the year

Submissions Open: Oct 1st – 31st

For more information and to apply, click here.

New Shoots Prizes:

Awards include industry mentorship from:

  • Channel 4/Random Acts
  • Oscar Winning Producer Simon Chinn
  • Andee Ryder/Misfits Entertainment

Additional prizes are also available:

  • Zoom H4N Audio Recorder
  • Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital System, Lavalier Set (including ME2 clip-on lavalier mic + portable wireless system)
  • Sennheiser Shotgun Microphone MKE600
  • Final Draft 11 Screenwriting Software
  • A years subscription to MUBI
  • A years additional membership to SP
  • A screening of your film at Shooting People’s New Shoots event, RichMix London.

2018 Winner

Chloe White (An All Encompassing Light): “I was absolutely thrilled to be Shooting People’s winner. It’s been fantastic having my film screened in front a large audience (and making some great contacts through that), and then having some wonderful mentoring from top documentary producer Simon Chinn and production company Wildgaze. As a result of the mentoring, it’s helped me to rethink my feature and restructure my trailer. The kit was fantastic to receive and the cash is a HUGE bonus. As an independent filmmaker it’s so wonderful to have this kind of support and exposure. I’ve been a member of Shooting People since I began my career and through it, I’ve made really good friends, have taken advantage of the great discounts and heard about so many events and funding opportunities that have led to great things. Thank you!”



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Apply for the Film Hub Midlands Show Fund – Deadline September 13th

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Film Hub Midlands has opened its Show Fund for applications. See more of their info below:


About Film Hub Midlands

Our vision is to inspire a new generation by presenting film and film culture in new ways which make it an essential and compelling part of learning, understanding, and valuing ourselves and the communities in which we live. The Show Fund is our largest open fund, and is for film exhibition projects that support our priorities. It is open to all film exhibitors, from full time cinemas, film festivals, and community groups.

If you are in the business of showing films, and would like support to expand your programme and audience, or have an ambitious project you would like to get off the ground – please submit an Expression of Interest.

In particular reflecting our priorities, we are especially keen to work with organisations who want to reach young audiences, and or those from BAMER communities, those who identify as LGBTQ+, those with access needs, or who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We’re also keen to invest in Lincolnshire and Staffordshire, and would welcome projects to reach audiences in those areas.

To Apply

You must be a member of Film Hub Midlands to receive support from our Show Fund, you can register nowComplete the Expression of Interest and budget templates below, and send to hello@filmhubmidlands.orgIf you don’t receive confirmation that we’ve received your email, contact us. The deadline for this opportunity is Friday 13 September 2019.

Funding Priorities

Our priorities for the Film Audience Network under BFI2022 are as follows:

  • Engaging audiences – maximising the number of audiences engaging with FAN activity and increasing the quality and cultural depth of their experience
  • Broadening film choice – increasing access to a wide range of independent British and international film for audiences – especially those outside London
  • Diversity – increasing the diversity of audiences engaging with FAN activity
  • Young audiences – boosting participation of 16-30 year olds in FAN activity
  • Screen heritage – facilitating greater access to archive content with a particular focus on national and regional collections

If you are in the business of showing films, and would like support to expand your programme and audience, or have an ambitious project you would like to get off the ground – please submit an Expression of Interest.

In particular reflecting our priorities, we are especially keen to work with organisations who want to reach young audiences, and or those from BAMER communities, those who identify as LGBTQ+, those with access needs, or who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Key Dates

Expression of Interest Open – Monday 19 August
Expression of Interest Deadline – Friday 13 September
Activity Delivered – From October 2019

We will be reopening the Show fund in Spring 2020.

Available Funds

As a guide we anticipate making awards between £2,500 and £15,000, but please refer to the guide below to see where your project fits in terms of scale. We want our projects to reach as many people as possible, and we always consider the value we provide per screening and audience member. As a guide we suggest the following awards would aim to reach the accompanying number of audiences. This is a guide and we do anticipate flexibility.

Amount Awarded: £2,500, Anticipated Admissions: 500

Amount Awarded: £5,00, Anticipated Admissions: 1,100

Amount Awarded: £75,00, Anticipated Admissions: 1,750

Amount Awarded: £10,000, Anticipated Admissions: 2,500

Supported Projects

We will review each project submitted individually, but broadly, we can support the following:

  • Screening Costs
  • Archive Access Costs
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Project Coordination
  • Curation Costs

Our Show Fund funding is primarily for audience development therefore we are unable to support film production, distribution, publications, showcases, or talent development activity. Unless you can demonstrably prove why your event cannot happen otherwise, we will not support events that are exclusively free to audiences.

BFI Diversity Standards

All of our projects must be open and accessible. In order to reach the widest possible audience through our supported projects, we are committed to the BFI Diversity Standards. The standards can be broken down broadly into the following four areas:

  • Industry access or training (ensuring that we offer accessible opportunities through our projects and organisations).
  • On screen (diverse narratives, cast and places depicted).
  • Catering for audiences (provision of disability access, specialist projects for target audiences, providing for specific UK regions etc).
  • A diverse crew (exploring who makes the films we screen and offers project leadership).

Submit Your Expression of Interest

We’ve provided an Expression of Interest form for everyone to use. Hopefully you’ll find this makes the process straightforward, letting you tell us the information we need in the shortest time possible. Our aim is to offer a welcoming, transparent, and engaging Hub; so we’d like to emphasise that an Expression of Interest is not an application, but the start of a conversation on how we might collaborate. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like some guidance on the templates.

We do ask you also complete an indicative budget template for your project, with the understanding that it will have flexibility as the project progresses. 

We recommend that you always contact us ahead of submitting an EOI, so we can talk you through the process, and help you determine which fund is best for you. You must be a member of Film Hub Midlands to receive our support, joining is free and quick to do: we’re unable to support you this time round, then we’ll offer feedback and advice to help you move forward.

How we assess your project

All projects are reviewed by an assessment panel that includes Film Hub Midlands and our advisory board. We’ll look at your proposal to make a decision about whether we can support it. As part of this we will consider:

  • How well the project meets our objectives;
  • The creative quality of the idea, partnerships and team behind it;
  • Whether it will reach the priority audiences for BFI FAN
  • Value for money including subsidy-per-head
  • Potential legacy and long term impact

Successful Projects

If we like your project, we’ll be in touch and work with you to firm up your project and its budget. Once we are all happy with the plan, we will send an agreement to confirm the terms of your award, and the project you will deliver. As this award will be coming from National Lottery Funds we want to be clear about what will be expecting from you. When you receive your agreement it will contain points on branding and evaluation and reporting.


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BFI Short Form Animation Fund – Deadline 5th November

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BFI has announced their new Short Form Animation Fund, offering support for higher-budget animated work from teams based in the UK.

About the Short Form Animation Fund

The BFI Short Form Animation Fund offers support for higher-budget animated work from teams based in the UK. The fund is intended for work that is unlikely to be fully commercially financed and would therefore benefit from National Lottery support.

The fund aims to give UK animators who have gained industry attention for their work the chance to work at a higher budget level. It will provide funding of £30,000 – £120,000 per project, supporting teams to create work that can gain major recognition and open up new opportunities. The fund can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre (including documentary) and for any platform, eg cinema, online or TV (though not work intended primarily for broadcast television).

Who is Eligible?

Filmmaking teams from across the UK, who can demonstrate relevant experience in writing, directing and producing, are eligible for the BFI Short Form Animation fund. The director, or writer-director, needs to have made at least three previous pieces of animated work, one of which should have received notable industry recognition. Please check the eligibility criteria outlined in our guidelines carefully before beginning an application to the fund.

Filmmakers with less experience, those at the start of their careers, and writers and directors without a producer, should visit the BFI NETWORK, which supports new filmmakers with networking, professional development opportunities and funding.

To Apply

There is one call for applications per year, and applications for projects for Directors and Writer-Director teams are open. Please ensure you have read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.

Make a Film Fund application here before 5th November. If you are a new applicant to the Film Fund, you will need to create an account before completing the application.

On 14th January, BFI will inform applicants if they are invited to an interview, or if they have been unsuccessful. Interviews will take place between 27th and 31st January. Please note that decision and interview dates are subject to revision, depending on the level of applications received.




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B3 Talent Lab for BAME Creatives – Deadline August 5th

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Are you the creative who needs to skill up? Do you have an amazing story to tell across a range of platforms? Does your project need that extra ‘edge’ ? See the opportunity by B3 Creative netowrk below:

What is TalentLab ?

B3’s TalentLab is a bespoke talent development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) creatives working in film and across multiple platforms (digital storytelling (VR/ AR) , photography, theatre, spoken word and music). TalentLab aims to reach writers, directors, creative producers, artists, digital artists and media creators, helping them to re-assess their professional practice, improve their skills, and give them the confidence and contacts to push their careers and projects to the next level.

We want to take you and your project to the next level and beyond.

Who are we looking for ?

Be part of our cohort group this year if your project is digital art, cross-platform film: shorts to features (fiction and documentary) . Take part in a series of intense development labs this November. Up to 12 projects will be selected for further development and 6 will be given a development commission of up to £1000. You will also get an opportunity to present your project to funders at our B3 Futures industry showcase in November 2019.

Project ideas

• Apply with a short or long form film or cross platform project or a multimedia project which includes moving image as a key component.
• Submit a project appropriate to your level of experience. For example, if you’re submitting a feature idea to us, we need to see a short or evidence of commissioned
work in other areas (e.g. tv, theatre, digital media) that shows that you have fresh, original and unexpected ideas and narratives.
• Non-genre, genre and cross-genre films – drama/comedy/horror/thriller/sci-fi, etc. – are welcome.

How do I apply ?

• You can apply as a writer, director, writer/director, artist, creative producer, or digital artist.

• Read through the FAQs and submission guidelines.

• Complete and submit an online application by Midday on Monday 5th August, 2019.

See more FAQ’s.

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