When applying, please ensure that you will be able to evidence your film’s invitation to the festival. We are unable to fund retrospective activity but understand that invitations can come quite late, so we encourage you to begin the application process as soon as you receive notice that an invite is forthcoming in order to give us time to process and assess your application. Your application to the BFI for completion funding can request the full amount required in order to complete the film. However, in order to support an application, we have to be satisfied that the film’s existing financial partners are not able to meet the costs of completion. If you have a sales or distribution company attached to the film who is also an early financial investor in the film, we would expect the completion of the film to be covered by them; an application for your project is therefore unlikely to be prioritised.
Film distributors looking for support for the UK release of the film should look at the BFI Audience Fund.
Sales agents looking for support for promoting the film at the festival should consider applying to our .
Please note that documentary films are no longer eligible for completion funding. See our Documentary funding page for further details.
Please ensure you have read the full funding guidelines before you complete the application form.
Applying to the Film Fund
To make a new application, use the link below. If you are a new applicant to the Film Fund, you will need to create an account before completing the application form.
If you already have an account and want to access any previous applications, use the link below.
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 to the Film Fund. Visit Access support for BFI Film Fund and Film Audience Network applicants for information.
Our resources: application outcomes and feedback
Our funds are open to all applicants that meet the eligibility criteria and we work to make them as inclusive as possible. The amount of funding we have is limited and, on average, we have to turn down over 7 in every 10 projects seeking Development funding, and 8 in every 10 projects seeking Production funding.
The extremely competitive nature of our funding means that we have to make very difficult decisions and often have to turn down projects even when they meet some or all of our stated criteria.
We aim to make the application process as fair and transparent as possible. As a result of the volume of applications we receive, we do not have the resources to provide feedback on projects that have been declined.
This means that if we are unable to support your application, you will receive a standard email from us that states this outcome without providing further information about the decision.
The exception is if we needed to meet with you to discuss your application in order to complete our assessment. If we then declined it, we will give you feedback on the decision by either phone or email.
Qualifying international film festivals
Busan International Film Festival
Rome Film Festival
South by Southwest
Tokyo Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival