If you’re a writer based in England with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you. For writers based outside England or for filmmakers looking for documentary funding opportunities, please see our Funding Finder.

‘New writers’ are people who have not yet written a feature film script that has been produced and distributed. This fund is also for producers and directors working with new writers.

This fund is the first step in the BFI’s development support for live action and animated fiction projects from new feature writers. It supports people at the very beginning of their development process to produce an initial treatment and related materials. Successful applicants will receive a grant from the BFI together with oversight from a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive to support them in creating the documents. The Talent Executives provide creative input and feedback on the initial treatments and related work and can assist projects in other ways: from connecting people with potential collaborators to enabling them to consider how their ideas might impact with audiences. This support aims to propel your project towards its next stage of development.


Please read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.



The Early Development fund audio guidelines are in the process of being updated, please check back soon for the revised guidelines.


Before you proceed to the application form via the link below, please note that applicants will be asked to create an account. Following submission of the application to the BFI, applicants will be sent a unique application reference number for their records.

If you have already submitted an application and would like to review it at any point, you can  log into your account here.

Preview the BFI NETWORK Early Development Fund application here



We can provide assistance to applicants who are D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, Disabled or neurodiverse people, and people with sight loss, where this support is needed in order for someone to make an application to the Film Fund. Visit  Access support for BFI Film Fund applicants for information.

FAQs for applicants in the Midlands

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