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Get Funding from BFI Doc Society’s Short Film Fund – Deadline July 9th

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Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Short Film Fund is now open! In our second year, we invite passionate filmmakers to take the temperature of our world and create electrifying films for the UK and beyond. As part of BFI Network, the Fund supports all forms of docs – personal stories, hybrids, artist films, essays, observational and social issue projects. This is an urgent opportunity to tell stormy stories which reflect our turbulent times.

Made of Truth: BFI Doc Society Fund is committed to building a diverse community of filmmakers and working with people from underserved backgrounds including BAME, LGBTQ+, mixed ability and non-filmmaking talent. We’re reaching out to new storytellers from around the country and all communities and are especially keen to increase the number of projects originated outside London.

Projects will receive creative and mentorship support from the BFI Doc Society team, and relevant industry partners. Filmmakers do not need to have a producer or production company to apply. We can facilitate partnerships with producers.



BFI Doc Society and can fund ten short films with budget contributions of up to £15,000 and are happy to look at ideas of any length up to 40 minutes. Once selected, films will need to be delivered by the end of January 2020. Documentary filmmakers and those with related experience over the age of 18 are welcome to apply.

All films have to pass the cultural test in order to be eligible. Download Guidelines here.

Please check out the comprehensive guidelines which should help with any burning questions. If you can’t find what you need, please contact the BFI Doc Society Production Manager Hannah Bush Bailey at


To Apply

Applications will be accepted until noon on Tuesday 9th of July 2019.

The only way we can assess projects and offer advice is for applicants to submit their proposal and materials via our online application system. We will then be in touch with all applicants within 5 weeks of the fund closing to let you know if you’ve been shortlisted for the second application stage. You can preview the application before applying.

Apply here.




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ScreenSkills Offering £500,000 Bursaries for Screen Industry Professionals

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ScreenSkills has committed more than £500,000 in 2019/20 to bursaries for individual screen professionals for training and career opportunities. New entrants to the screen industries will now be eligible for some strands of financial support for the first time. Previous rules meant that applicants needed a minimum of two professional credits.

The application process has also been simplified, with a single point of entry covering all the different funds available. New rules mean that applications will be considered for the first time for items such as driving lessons, software licensing or wet weather equipment because not being able to afford these items has been identified as a barrier to progressing in the screen industries.

Support will continue to be offered for childcare, accommodation and travel in a move to open up opportunities to people wanting to return to the industry after a parenting break and for those who need initial help in taking up opportunities to advance their career.

The funding, which is increased from previous years, is supported by the BFI awarding national lottery funds as well as industry contributions from the High-end, Children’s TV and Television Skills Funds.

Apply for a bursary

This bursary will be open for applications until March 31st, 2020.

Priority will be given to applications from people who are working in skills gap or shortage areas in the industry. Other factors which may be taken into account in awarding funds include income and whether the proposed course is one recognised by ScreenSkills. Some funding is reserved for groups under-represented in the screen industries. Click here to read the full bursary guidelines which you will need to complete your application.

Follow this link to apply. 

Every bursary application will be assessed by a senior manager at the final stage. We aim to offer funding wherever possible, but we cannot promise that all applications will be successful due to limited funding and skills shortage priorities.




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WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund – Deadline 30th September

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The 2019 WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund, in memory of award-winning producer Pat Llewellyn, is now open for applications. The 2019 Fund will award four successful applicants £10,000 each to develop their factual entertainment or factual TV project, match them with an industry mentor to support them along the way, and offer the chance to meet with key decision-makers who have the potential to ‘greenlight’ their idea. The Fund is a joint collaboration between WFTV, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, All3Media and The Welsh Government.

Who Should Apply

Applications are open to any woman with a unique project and a passion for TV. You don’t need to have academic qualifications or industry contacts, just an exciting idea that would be suitable for commission by a UK TV broadcaster. Your project could be a one-off documentary or a factual series or format. It cannot be a drama project. Once you have honed your idea, the online application form to submit it is simple and quick to complete.

To celebrate Pat Llewellyn’s Welsh roots, and to encourage other women from Wales to follow in her creative footsteps, two places this year will be held specifically for any woman either born in or living in Wales, or with a Welsh parent. The other winner can come from anywhere in the UK.

How to apply

Please make sure you read ALL of the below information carefully before submitting an application. Applications must be submitted via THIS ONLINE FORM.

It is free to apply, but you may only submit ONE application with ONE idea. If you submit more than one application, or more than one idea in a single application, ONLY your first submission/idea will be considered.

For more information about submitting an application to the Fund, please read our FAQs-document, which includes information about what is classified as a factual entertainment or factual TV project, as well as tips for completing the application.

Applications open: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Applications close: Monday 30 September.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by members of the awarding committee in November, and the Bursary winners will be announced in November 2019.

If you have any queries, please e-mail:


  1. To apply, you must be resident in the UK.
  2. All women or those who self-identify as women can apply.
  3. You do not need to be a member of WFTV to apply.
  4. If you are the owner of a production company, your annual turnover must be below £1m. In certain cases, verification of turnover may be required.

More about Pat Llewellyn and the Bursary Fund

Pat Llewellyn was a multi-award winning producer and renowned for discovering and developing new talent. During her career, she created BBC2’s Two Fat Ladies, discovered Jamie Oliver and christened him The Naked Chef, made Gordon Ramsay famous with Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and launched the career of Mary Portas with Mary Queen of Shops.

Pat ran Optomen, a production company with offices in London, New York and LA, which under her leadership grew from a turnover of £5m to £55m. She died of metastatic breast cancer in October 2017, and the Bursary Fund was created to remember her and honour the huge contribution she made to TV programming worldwide.

The Bursary is funded by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, the Welsh Government and AllThreeMedia and managed by WFTV. The inaugural recipients in 2018 were Megan Jenkins, Victoria Mapplebeck and Cheryl Richardson.

To find out more about how the Bursary Fund is run, click here.



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Apply for LaunchPad Funding for Community Screenings – Deadline June 6th

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Applications are now open for LaunchPad, Cinema For All’s BFI funded-coaching programme. It assists those who want to start screening films in their community and need the practical skills to do it.

Launchpad offers four focused coaching sessions with experts from the Cinema For All team and a £300 bursary to help you launch your amazing community cinema. The coaching sessions offer both motivational and practical support in areas including:

  • How to get started – licences and beyond
  • Venue and equipment
  • Marketing
  • Audience development
  • Fundraising
  • Special events
  • Accessibility
  • Selecting films

How It Works

Each workshop is conducted over Skype so they can happen at your convenience and with the option of multiple attendees. Alongside the advice from our friendly, expert team, the workshops will help you develop definitive skills and grow your confidence. The workshops are accompanied with a tool kit packed with information, tips and advice that will guide you through your coaching sessions and beyond.

The £300 bursary (£150 per screening) gives you the freedom to run two test screenings and learn from them without the financial risk. This helps you understand your audience and their tastes as well as grow your vision for your community cinema.

‘We would recommend anyone thinking about setting up a community cinema to take the leap with Launchpad. A scheme that supports, uplifts and helps shoulder the risk whilst you find your feet. The intensive coaching was brilliant for answering all our questions and signposting areas for future development. We wouldn’t be here without Cinema For All’s knowledge and encouragement. Thank you’ – Social Features, Scotland

The coaching sessions will begin from 12 June 2019 for successful applicants and all coaching sessions and both screenings must have been completed by 30 August 2019.

As a BFI supported initiative there is priority given to programmes that support British, independent and specialised cinema. You can read the BFI’s definition of specialised cinema here.

Launchpad Itinerary

Session 1: Assessment, goals and Starting Up workshop.

Session 2: Selected second workshop (topic of your choice)

Screening 1: Your first screening must take place by 18 July 2019

Session 3: Selected third workshop (topic of your choice) + review of your first screening

Session 4: Selected fourth workshop (topic of your choice)

Screening 2: Your second screening must take place by 20 August 2019 Final Session: Reflection session

How To Apply

Be sure to carefully read the terms and conditions and guidance notes before applying.

Please download the application form here and email it to Abi at by the 6 June 2019.

Cinema For All values diversity and we encourage applications from BAME, LGBTQI+ people and people with disabilities.

If you have any access requirements and cannot fill out the application form, please contact Abi over the phone on 0114 2210314 or email and we can arrange an alternative method of application.

Applicants will be scored on their knowledge and understanding of the make-up and diversity of their community and a range of efforts made to reach diverse groups within their community. You can read more about the BFI’s standards on and definition of diversity here.

Want to find out about all things community cinema? Sign up to our mailing list to find out about opportunities, exciting news and helping information for your community cinema here.


Source: Cinema For All

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Apply for the John Brabourne Awards – Deadline July 31st

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The John Brabourne Awards Talent Development Programme provides individual financial awards up to £5000. This can go towards production projects, scriptwriting and development, education and training and more. It is named in honour of legendary producer John Brabourne, one of Britain’s most prolific producers with an illustrious career spanning four decades and 27 films.

Here is some information about the JBA’s programme from the Film and Television Charity:

Who should apply?

We help anyone who is talented and driven but who has faced hurdles in developing their career. Whatever your situation, if you are struggling to take yourself to the next level we encourage you to apply. Apply if you work in any part of the Film and TV industry – that isn’t front of camera performance or presentation – and have at least two years professional experience, our programme can financially support a wide range of projects and work situations. 

Awards are made to individuals rather than teams, projects or organisations. Funding cannot be provided retrospectively. For example, covering production costs for a completed short film.

Areas where we have helped before include:

  • Production and development finance
  • Post production and festival distribution
  • Living support while developing projects, including scriptwriting
  • Tuition fees
  • Short training programmes


To apply for a JBA, you must be able to demonstrate that you:

  • Possess the talent required to succeed within your chosen field
  • Are in genuine need of financial assistance and our support will help you to overcome career hurdles in your personal and/or professional lives
  • Are committed and driven to progress your career
  • Have worked for a minimum of two years in the Film and/or TV industries (including aspects of online/digital broadcast). However, your experience does not have to be continuous and can be accumulative. Please note that your experience cannot include front of camera performance or presentation
  • Have a career focus primarily based within UK Film and/or TV at the time of applying

How to Apply

Applications are open for the Summer 2019 round, with a deadline for applications of midnight 31 July 2019. Apply and find out more here

To increase your chances of success, we advise reading the guidelines before applying and closely following the submission instructions. We’ll let you know we’ve received your application and are assessing it.


Find out more about the application process here or  read the full guidelines here.



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Women in Film Finishing Fund

Women In Film Finishing Fund – Deadline July 14th

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The Women in Film Finishing Fund gives grants to female filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres. To apply, the filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application. You do not need to be a WIF Member to apply, and international submissions are welcome.

Since its inception in 1985, the Women In Film Finishing Fund – run by Women in Film (WIF) Los Angeles (LA) – has had an impressive track record of selecting recipients that have gone on to achieve distribution and win major awards.

Women in film and TV members receive a discount on the application fee.

For full details, as well as a link to the application, please visit the WIF LA website here.

Application deadlines

Earlybird deadline: Friday 31 May
Regular deadline: Sunday 23 June
Late deadline: Sunday 14 July



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Apply for the New Creatives Programme – Deadline July 16th

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New Creatives Programme

The New Creatives programme for young emerging talent is coming to the Midlands! Rural Media are currently looking for emerging talent between the ages of 16-30 with strong creative ideas and drive. The programme will help develop your original concept into a professional short film, audio or interactive media work. You will also receive the skill training needed to bring your idea to life and showcase it to audiences.

Ideas can come from many artistic disciplines. For example – dancers, actors, performers, musicians, writers, film makers, comedians, visual artists, animators, poets, storytellers and games designers. You might not consider yourself an artist, but if you are passionate about your creative idea and have something to say, you should get involved. Each commissioned artist will work directly with a professional production company. The company will also manage the budget (up to £5k for film and £3k for audio) and mentor you through the process.

What They Want

From the serious to the comedic, the absurd to the challenging, the provocative to the abstract, Rural Media are looking for ideas that push the boundaries on what constitutes art. It should make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. So they want to unearth diverse, new talent and commission ideas that we may not have seen represented before on screen, on-air and online.

New Creatives content may be selected for an exciting new programming strand: BBC Introducing Arts. It showcases and introduces new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms – on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC television and radio. Rural Media will look to identify the best platform for each idea.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for creatives to experiment and connect with BBC audiences and beyond. However they cannot accept any ideas that are journalism or current affairs documentaries.

To Apply

Please read the full Creative Briefs for film for audio for interactive to find out what Rural Media is looking for in your pitch.

The deadline for applications to the New Creatives Programme is July 16th, 2019. Click here to apply.

Click here for Eligibility & FAQs or call 01432 344039 for more information.


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Creative England New Ideas Fund for Businesses

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Creative England’s New Ideas Fund offers small seed funding to sole traders, start-ups and small businesses for their creative business ideas. Their previous investment schemes have been aimed at established companies. However, this New Ideas Fund targets untapped talent and new ideas.

What is the fund?

Through BFI-Lottery funding, Creative England can offer investments between £500 and £15,000 for emerging and new screen based storytelling business proposals. Newer companies and proposals looking for lower amounts are likely to receive grants. Creative England is likely to offer loans to higher-value proposals and more established companies. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Who is it for?

The New Ideas Fund is for screen based storytelling businesses in the English regions. Your idea must be for a screen based industry. That is, film, television, animation, games, immersive media or tech that supports these industries.

Who is not eligible?

The New Ideas Fund is not for companies working in corporate video or advertising, e-learning or training (unless you want to start a screen based storytelling arm). It is also not for charities, non-profits or CICs (unless you want to set up a corporate arm relevant to the screen based industries).

For more information on who can and cannot apply, please read Creative England’s Guidelines.

What can I use the money for?

The New Ideas Fund is to help you with business costs, improve your offering and diversifying revenue streams.

It can be used for seed funding, set up costs, hiring office space (e.g. for a group of producers to work together), conducting market research, diversifying your current business into the screen based industries, R&D, testing out new and exciting elements of immersive media to help your business, employing someone new into your team, building IP, equipment etc.

But you cannot use the fund for: just creating content, e.g. short films, feature films, slate funding, talent development, production costs. We need proposals to focus on developing a sustainable business rather than a specific project.

For more information on what you can and cannot apply for, and where to go for alternative funding, please read our Guidelines.

When is the deadline?

Applications for the New Ideas Fund are accepted on a rolling basis but we’d encourage you apply soon.




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Apply for a BAFTA Scholarship – Deadline May 28th

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The BAFTA Scholarship Programme is part of BAFTA’s charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career in film, games and television. Applications for 2019/2020 are now open. So if you are interested in becoming a BAFTA scholar, please apply here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 May 2019.

The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open for British citizens to take eligible undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK. However, the scholarships are for those in need of financial assistance.  Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee. They will also have free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

Three individuals studying in the UK will each receive one of the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television. BAFTA and Warner Bros. supports this scholarship. It includes a short paid work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies, access to a Warner Bros. mentor, and invitations to a series of industry masterclasses.

Three BAFTA Reuben Scholarships will support one individual each on a film, games and television course respectively. BAFTA is also offering a Tinopolis Scholarship, with support from Tinopolis, to support a talented television enthusiast from Wales.

Read more on BAFTA’s past scholarship recipients here. You can also see the eligible courses for 2019-20 here.

If you have any questions about the BAFTA Scholarship Programme please take a look at the frequently asked questions or contact



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BBC Documentaries New Directors’ Initiative – Deadline 7th April

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The BBC Documentaries New Directors’ Initiative is looking for the next generation of documentary film makers. Six candidates will have the opportunity to produce and direct their first long-form documentary for BBC Three. Previous films made by new directors on the initiative include: Abused by My Girlfriend and Manchester Bomb: Our Story, as well as Grandad, Dementia and Me.

A leading production company will house successful applicants for the duration of the project. This company will oversee the development, filming and post production of the idea. Please note that BBC Documentaries New Directors Initiative funds filmmakers for the duration of the project but this is not a staff role at the BBC. Positions will mostly be based in London; opportunities outside of London are not yet confirmed. The length of the contract depends on the length of the production, and could be anything from three to five months.

Find full details including application criteria and apply on the BBC Careers website

Watch an introduction to the initiative and find out more about BBC Documentaries Commissioning on the BBC Commissioning website

Deadline: 7th April 2019



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