The BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund supports fiction projects with directors based in England and is run in partnership with the BFI NETWORK Talent Executives who work with filmmakers on the delivery of funded projects. For directors based outside England or for filmmakers looking for documentary funding opportunities, please take a look at the BFI NETWORK Funding Finder.

This fund is for fiction shorts, in both live-action and animation. We want to support short films that:

  • bring exciting new voices and bold narratives to the screen;
  • provide space for experimentation and idea-testing;
  • advance the careers of the filmmakers involved through showcasing their abilities to the industry and the public.

We support standalone short films and this can include projects that have the potential, further down the line, to be developed into other forms or formats (e.g. a feature film, content in serial form). The fund is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material. We welcome applications for amounts throughout the available budget range up to a maximum of £15,000. We are seeking applications for films of any length up to a maximum of 15 minutes.

Our funding is accompanied by creative oversight of the short film by a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive. As well as working with filmmakers prior to and during production, the Talent Executives may be able to advise you on:

  • finding screening opportunities regionally and further afield;
  • ways to meet potential collaborators for your project;
  • festival strategy for your film;
  • other means to gain industry exposure for your work.


The Short Film Fund will next open in March 2022. Please note this is the single funding round for the year 2022/23.

March 2023 marks the end of the BFI’s current strategy period, and our plans for talent development funding beyond this period will be announced in autumn 2022, with funds set to launch from April 2023 onwards. If you would like to find out more about the BFI’s consultation on its National Lottery funding strategy from March 2023, please visit


2022/23 Round - Revised Dates

Applications Open Monday 14th March 2022
Applications Close Monday 2nd May 2022
Applicants informed of decision: By Monday 18th July 2022

Deadline for securing additional finance: September (exact date tbc)

We reserve the right to amend any of these dates where necessary.


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