Have an idea for a short film and want to develop it into a script? Keep reading.



The aim of the Stories to Shorts: Script Development Programme is to help writers and writer/directors develop an early-stage idea for a short film into a script over the course of two months. To develop their ideas writers will attend sessions online, meet regularly in-person with other writers to collaboratively work on projects and receive guidance from a script editor.

Over 9 weeks, selected writers will receive training sessions from screenwriter and script Editor Laura Jayne Tunbridge, take part in peer sharing sessions led by BFI NETWORK Talent Executives and receive 1 to 1 sessions with an assigned script editor to develop their short film script drafts.

You will need to be able to give 1.5 hours a week over 9 weeks to the programme and additional writing time.

The deadline to apply to the programme is Friday 8th September 2023 at 23:59

Who can apply?

Participation in the BFI NETWORK x Film Hub Midlands Short Film Development Programme is free and open to writers working in any creative discipline who have an idea for a short film up to ten minutes in length.

Your idea needs to:
  • Be able to be told in 10-minutes of screen time
  • Have limited characters and locations to increase production viability
  • Tell a story with a beginning, middle and end.

We will select up to ten writers based in the Midlands from submitted applications. With support from BFI Film Academy Plus delivered by Film Hub Midlands, four places on the programme will be held for emerging writers aged 18-26 from the Midlands.

Before you apply please note:

  • We welcome applications from individuals as well as co-writing teams. You do not need to be working with a producer or director in order to apply.
  • You must be based in the Midlands region (as defined by the BFI) and able to commit to attending a range of online writing and development sessions, as well as completing assigned writing work between meetings.
  • Your script ideas must be original e.g. not based on existing novels, short stories or other literary works.
  • This programme is for early short film script ideas, not ideas that are already in script form.
  • Acceptance to this programme does not guarantee success in receiving BFI NETWORK Short Film Funding, due to reopen in early 2024
  • The programme is free and will remain online.
  • The full programme schedule is to be confirmed.

Applications open: Wednesday 9th August
Applications close: Friday 8th September 2023 23:59
Participants informed of place: Monday 18th September 2023
Programme start date: w/c 9th October 2023 (this date is subject to change)

BFI Film Academy
Stories to Shorts: Script Development Programme
Delivered by BFI Network and Film Hub Midlands
Supported using funds from the National Lottery

If you have any additional questions about this opportunity, please contact us at bfinetwork@filmhubmidlands.org