BFI Development Fund

Information about the BFI Development Fund, which supports the formal development of projects – from treatments to production ready screenplays – from teams across the UK who can demonstrate previous experience in writing, directing and producing. 

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Summary

The BFI Development Fund awards money from the National Lottery to support formal development of original live action, emerging media and animation feature filmmaking from treatments to production-ready screenplays from storytellers demonstrating a bold vision and creative excellence.

We aim to help develop viable projects by teams across the UK who can demonstrate previous experience in writing, directing and producing to a point where they are ready to seek production funding from the BFI or other sources.

Eligibility

  • my project is a ‘single project’ work of fiction in live action or animation, which will be at least 60 minutes in length OR my project is a ‘single project’ work of fiction in an immersive media

  • as the applicant, I am the producer of the project (acting only as the producer, not writer or director) and have a demonstrable ability to drive a project through to production

  • there is a separate writer attached to the project

  • my team (producer, writer and, where applicable, director) are all 18 years of age or over;

  • my application is being made by or through my producer-led company registered and centrally managed in the UK

Objectives

To support the formal development of original live action, emerging media and animation feature filmmaking from treatments to production-ready screenplays from storytellers demonstrating a bold vision and creative excellence.

Dates

Applications are accepted year-round.

How to apply

Applications can be made at any time. To apply for funding, you will need to complete an application online by clicking the "Start new application" above.

When first using the online application tool you will need to create an account: this allows your applications to be saved and reviewed before submission. You will be able to access all your past online applications and in-progress applications at any point by logging into your account.

Supporting information

Your application should cover both your creative and strategic ideas for the project.

You will be asked to detail, or attach to, your application:

  • the synopsis, story and themes

  • the track record and previous work of the writer, producer and, if applicable, the director

  • your motivations behind the project. Ideally, these comments should be provided by the writer or director

  • the audience you are aiming to appeal to

  • casting ideas at this stage and how you are planning to approach that cast

  • where and when you are hoping to film

  • your potential or actual financial partners and any expenditure to date

  • the budget you anticipate needing in order to develop the project and the amount you are requesting from the BFI

  • an estimate of the anticipated total production budget

  • any unusual or challenging technical or budgetary requirements that you foresee

  • an indication of your anticipated path to production

BFI Film Fund: Development Fund Application Guidelines

Guidelines for applicants

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