short film

How To Fund Your Short Film

Following on from last weeks article on talent schemes, I had a number of emails asking about how to attract funding for short films. Sadly, there's no guaranteed route or golden egg which has left a lot of filmmakers resorting to crowdfunding to bring their film to life. To try and make things a little easier, I've listed a number of the main short film schemes in the UK below. Like with the talent schemes, I'll be building a more comprehensive database over the coming months, so if you think I've forgotten any let me know and I'll happily add them to the list.


Organisation: BFI Network
Scheme: NETWORK Shorts
Budget: £10,000
Eligibility:

  • Must have an account on the BFI Network website.
  • Have not yet made a feature film.
  • Have not previously received public funding.
  • Be a UK resident aged 18+.

Website: https://network.bfi.org.uk/sites/default/files/Postroom%20guidelines.pdf


Organisation: Channel 4
Scheme: Random Acts
Budget: £4,000
Eligibility:

  • Must be aged 16 to 24.
  • Must be no longer than 4 mins.
  • Emphasis on non-narrative work.

Website: www.channel4.com/info/commissioning/4producers/randomactsbrief


Organisation: Creative England
Scheme: ShortFLIX
Budget: £10,000
Eligibility:

  • Must not be in full-time education, employment or training.

Website: www.creativeengland.co.uk/film-and-tv/shortflix


Organisation: Ffilm Cymru Wales
Scheme: Beacons
Budget: £5,000 - 15,000
Eligibility:

  • Must have made 1 previous screen based piece of work
  • Be a Welsh resident aged 18+

Website: www.ffilmcymruwales.com/attachments/article/490/Beacons%20Guidelines%202016.pdf


Organisation: Film London
Scheme: London Calling
Budget: £4,000
Eligibility:

  • Be based in London
  • Must be aged 18+

Website: www.filmlondon.org.uk/funding/shorts


Organisation: Film London
Scheme: London Calling Plus
Budget: £15,000
Eligibility:

  • Be based in London.
  • Aimed at BAME filmmakers.
  • Must be aged 18+.

Website: www.filmlondon.org.uk/funding/shorts


Organisation: Jameson
Scheme: Jameson First Shot
Budget: N/A
Eligibility:

  • Must be aged 25+.
  • Must be a resident in the UK, USA, South Africa, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Bulgaria, or Israel.

Website: www.jamesonfirstshot.com/competition/terms


Organisation: Kevin Spacey Foundation
Scheme: Artist of Choice
Budget: £10,000
Eligibility:

  • Must be a UK resident.
  • Must be aged 18+

Website: www.kevinspaceyfoundation.org/artistsofchoice-ksf/faqs


Organisation: Northern Ireland Screen
Scheme: New Shorts Focus
Budget: N/A
Eligibility:

  • New Shorts Focus is aimed exclusively at underrepresented groups including: Females, Females 30+, Disabled, BAME, LGBT filmmakers.
  • Have a writing or directing credit on a previous short film made within the past three years.
  • Be a resident in Northern Ireland.

Website: www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/funding/short-film-calls/access-short/


Organisation: Northern Ireland Screen
Scheme: Shorts to Features
Budget: £20,000
Eligibility:

  • The director must have directed 2+ short films that have been financed by public film funds or broadcasters.
  • The producer has produced 3+ short films, or has a strong track record in developing scripted television drama.
  • The writer is developing their first feature project with Northern Ireland Screen.

Website: www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/news/general/shorts-features-2017-18/


Organisation: Northern Ireland Screen
Scheme: Short Film Call
Budget: Individual Award - £2,250
              Company Award - £7,500
Eligibility:

  • Must be a Northern Ireland resident.
  • Must have 1 previous short film credit.
  • Must be a Northern Ireland resident.
  • Must have 1 previous short film credit.
  • Must be shot in Northern Ireland.

Website: www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/funding/short-film-calls/short-film-call/


Organisation: Scottish Film Talent Network
Scheme: Scottish Shorts
Budget: £15,000
Eligibility:

  • Must be aged 18+.
  • Be based in Scotland.
  • Must not be in full time education.

Writers (Must have at least 1 of the following):

  • An impressive screen-based work, including a drama broadcast on TV or online, commercials, documentaries, self-funded short film, student film or artists film and video.
  • Accomplishment in theatre writing, which may be demonstrable by acclaimed reviews or professional recommendation.
  • Accomplishment in writing for radio.
  • A published novel or collection of short stories or poems.
  • A micro-budget feature film, funded without industry support.

Directors:

  • An impressive screen-based work, including a drama broadcast on TV or online, commercials, documentaries, self-funded short film, student film or artists film and video.
  • Accomplishment in theatre writing, which may be demonstrable by acclaimed reviews or professional recommendation based work.
  • A micro-budget feature film, funded without industry support.

Producers:

  • Must have at least one producing or production management, senior coordinating or development credit on any work of fiction.

Website: www.scottishfilmtalent.com/scottishshorts/ 


Organisation: Scottish Film Talent Network
Scheme: Emerging Talent
Budget: £25,000
Eligibility:

  • Must be aged 18+.
  • Be based in Scotland.
  • Must not be in full time education.

Writers:

  • A feature film script that has either been commissioned or optioned by a third party producer or production company.
  • An impressive screen-based work, including a drama broadcast on TV or online, or a funded short film that has been screened at a BAFTA recognised short film festival, has won an award, or has been picked up for theatrical distribution or broadcast television.
  • A professionally produced theatre or radio play/piece, which has received positive attention from the industry and/or public.
  • A published novel or collection of short stories/poems that has received positive attention from industry and/or public.

Directors:

  • An impressive screen-based work, including a drama broadcast on TV or online, or a funded short film that has been screened at a BAFTA recognised short film festival, has won an award, or has been picked up for theatrical distribution or broadcast television.
  • A micro-budget feature film, which has been self-financed and has received positive attention from industry and/or public.
  • A professionally produced theatre or radio piece, which received positive attention from industry and/or public.

Producers:

  • An impressive screen-based work, including a drama broadcast on TV or online.
  • A professionally produced radio piece which has received positive attention from industry and/or public.
  • A funded short film that has been screened at a BAFTA recognised film festival, has won an award, or has been picked up for theatrical distribution or broadcast television.

Website: www.scottishfilmtalent.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Emerging-Talent-Shorts-Guidelines.pdf