National Lottery funding for documentaries is provided by our partner, Doc Society and funding for short films is provided through BFI NETWORK.

Who can apply

Applications must be made by the lead producer who is:

• a different person to the director and writer
• producing a project between £250,000 and £15,000,000

Filmmakers without demonstrable experience in short film or TV should consider BFI NETWORK.

Our funding priorities

We prioritise work that:

  • is made by filmmakers in the early stages of their careers
  • has cultural relevance or progressive ideas
  • takes risks in form and content
  • recognises the quality of differences in perspective, talent and recruitment
  • originated by filmmakers outside London and South East England

What you need to provide

Along with a completed application form, you should submit:

  • the script
  • an overall timeline for the project to include prep, shoot, post (with at least 10-12 weeks edit) and a delivery date
  • an industry standard production budget; for example, using Movie Magic
  • an industry standard production schedule
  • a proposed finance plan that matches the budget

For more information, visit British Film Institute