UK film-focused activity at international festivals, markets and other platforms

Supporting UK-focused activities at important international festivals, markets or through other platforms or events.

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In addition to existing festival related support schemes, the BFI has dedicated a limited amount of support from its International Fund for industry facing initiatives promoting UK film and supporting the engagement of UK filmmakers with international counterparts.

The funding delivers the following benefits to UK film in alignment with the BFI’s International Strategy:

  • Helping to connect UK filmmakers (producers, writers, directors) and industry with international counterparts in ways that increase the impact and success of British creativity;
  • Enhancing the opportunities for UK films at international markets;
  • Enhancing the profile of UK talent to international industry decision makers; and
  • Promoting the UK as a filmmaking destination or partner of choice.

The BFI will only make a very limited number of small awards throughout the year for this fund. There is no application deadline but we would encourage applicants to apply at least six months in advance of the initiative.

Guidelines and applications


Make an application for UK film-focused activity

The applicant will be able to access all previously submitted applications, including in-progress applications, at any point by logging into their account:

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We can provide assistance to applicants who are D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, Disabled or neurodiverse people, and people with sight loss, where this support is needed in order for someone to make an application for UK film-focused activity. Visit for information.

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