The next BFI Film Academy Lab of the 2024-25 season will be looking at what emerging and aspiring filmmakers need when applying for film funding. It will be delivered by Film Hub Midlands (@filmhubmidlands).

The session is for aspiring and emerging filmmakers who are wanting practical and creative insights into what is needed to create a funding application for short films.

We will be joined by established film professionals who will be talking and presenting about:

  • Their journey into filmmaking
  • The fundamentals of how, what and who to create a funding application for, including the easy wins and wider considerations
  • What are funders looking for?
  • The current landscape of national and international film funding opportunities
  • And much more! Including talent development, what makes your project stand out, why development and having a strong story is essential, and having a creative vision from the outset.

Georgia Goggin

Georgia Goggin is a writer, director and producer. Georgia's debut feature Pretty Red Dress was supported by BFI, BBC Film and The Sundance Institute. It was released in UK cinemas in June 2023 to rave reviews and Georgia was nominated for the Breakthrough Producer BIFA. Georgia’s writing and directing credits include Bend which was funded by BBC Drama and screened at festivals including Encounters, London Short Film Festival and Underwire, where she was nominated for Best Director. She is currently writing a feature for The Electric Shadow Company and has created a TV series for The Development Partnership. Georgia is an alum of Sundance, EIFF and Rotterdam talent development programmes and was selected for the BIFA Springboard programme 2024/25.

Georgia Goggin - photo credit Aiden Harmitt Williams Aiden Harmitt Williams

Caragh Davison

Caragh is a freelance Executive Producer and Script Editor with a strong track record in supporting new and emerging Film & TV talent. As a Script Editor she is currently across a number of Feature Film and TV projects in development. She is also the co-creator and Lab Producer for The DarkRoom, a genre feature writing lab by Trans+ On Screen. She was an Exec Producer for the BMW Filmmaking challenge and has previously commissioned and EP'd a number of short films including the Sundance selected and BIFA nominated Egúngún (Masquerade) by Olive Nwosu, the Iris Prize Best British Short Baba by Adam Ali and Sam Arbor and Jason Bradbury's We Collide which premiered at BFI LFF Closing Night. She is also an experienced moderator, hosting panels at festivals including Cannes, BAFTA & Sundance London on topics ranging from development and production to more cultural conversations around Queer cinema.

She has extensive experience running talent labs and is currently the Film Programmer for BAFTA’s Guru Live and Connect membership programmes, curating a selection of masterclasses, roundtables and events for above and below the line talent. Previously, she designed and delivered the talent lab, BIFA Springboard, supporting filmmakers who have made their debut features and are looking towards their second and she worked at the BFI as their Talent Programme Manager, discovering and developing Talent across the country and leading on UK-wide Talent Labs for new filmmakers.

Caragh Davidson

Reserve your spot and find Zoom webinar details on the July Lab event page