Lottery funding for development and production
I have a project I’d like to work on. Is it eligible to apply for Lottery funding?
Yes, as long as you’re over the age of 18, and your project is a feature film intended for theatrical release. Your project must be capable of qualifying for British film certification to be eligible.
Can I apply for funding if I’m under the age of 18?
At this time, we only accept Lottery funding submissions from filmmakers who are over the age of 18, but the BFI Film Academy has been set up for aspiring filmmakers aged 16-19.
I’ve got an idea for a film that I’d like to make. Can I speak to someone about funding?
Please make sure to read our application information and terms & conditions first, as these may answer any questions you have. Should you need further information, you can get in touch with the Film Fund team.
Can I discuss my project with someone before I’ve made an application?
We receive a very high number of applications, so unfortunately we’re not able to discuss projects in advance. Please submit an application for funding to receive a response from the Film Fund team.
I don’t have a producer or production company for my film. Can I still apply?
If you’re applying for development funding, we strongly suggest that you involve a producer, as you must have one attached to your project. If you’re unable to collaborate with an individual, you can nominate yourself as the producer – but you must show an ability to drive your project through your proposal.
When submitting a request for production funding or completion funding, you must have a producer attached to your project.
All applications must be made through a UK or EU/EEA registered production company to qualify.
I need to set up my own production company. How do I do this?
The BFI isn’t able to offer advice on setting up a company. If you need further information and advice, please contact Companies House in the first instance.
I don’t have a director. Am I still able to apply for funding?
If you’d like to apply for development funding, you do not need a director attached to your project.
If you’re submitting an application for production funding, you must have a director attached to your project.
Can I include my treatment or script when I submit my application?
It’s not possible to attach any other documentation to your application form. Once your submission has been assessed, we may then request further details from you. This doesn’t guarantee that your application has been accepted – if we ask for additional material, such as the script or treatment, we may still choose to decline your submission.
What do I need to include in my strategic and creative proposals?
Please refer to the application information for advice on completing these sections.
What is the deadline for applications? Do you accept late submissions?
There is currently no deadline for Lottery funding applications, and you may submit your application at any time.
How do I check the status of my current application?
When we’ve received your submission, we’ll send you a confirmation email if the application is eligible for consideration. We will then contact you within 6-8 weeks, to let you know whether your project is being considered further. During this period of time, we may ask for additional materials to support your application.
Is there Lottery funding available for my studies?
We do not currently provide funding for any courses or training schemes. You can get more information and advice by contacting Creative Skillset.
Is funding available for short films?
Unfortunately, the application period for BFI Shorts 2012 (managed by Lighthouse) is now closed. The BFI doesn’t currently provide any schemes for short films. You can contact a National Screen Agency – Creative England, Creative Scotland, Film Agency for Wales or Northern Ireland Screen – for more advice. Applicants who live, work or study in London can also contact Film London.
My project is a music video, corporate film, or a project intended for online channels or television. Am I eligible for funding?
At present, the BFI only offers Lottery funding for feature-length films that are intended for theatrical release. If your project is for any of the above, we are unable to accept your application.
My short film has been accepted by a film festival, and I’d like funding to attend. Is it possible to apply for this?
For advice on applying for this kind of funding, please get in touch with the British Council.
My question isn’t answered here. How do I contact the Film Fund?
Please submit your query using our contact form.