The BFI's blockbuster season for 2018 is the UK's greatest ever celebration of film and TV comedy – bringing the gift of laughter just when we need it most! From October to December the comedy geniuses of the big and small screen will be making us laugh at BFI Southbank and cinemas across the UK, online on BFI Player and with a wide range of UK partners.

The Comedy Genius season runs from October to December 2018.

Major Programmes support is open to all FAN members who want to take part in the season, via two funding programmes.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for large-scale project proposals between £1,000 - £30,000.  This fund is now closed. 

Screening Support (up to £1,500) is open for applications until 3 December 2018, for activity taking place between 1 October - 31 January.  We reserve the right to close this fund earlier, if fully committed.


ICO Touring package

The season is also supported by The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) who are offering a booking menu of related titles at negotiated rates, available to book until January 2019.  Find out more about the ICO package, dates and terms here or email for the list of films.


Applying for Major Programmes financial support is simple.

  1. Download and read the Creative Brief, FAQs and Application Guidance
  2. Tell us about your idea using the relevant online form - via the links at the bottom of this page
  3. Complete the budget template - available to download below - and email it to

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