Shorts2Features: Producer & Director Career Development Scheme 

  • Mon 1 Aug – Fri 2 Sept

    Shorts2Features: Producer & Director Career Development Scheme 

    South west

BFI NETWORK, Encounters Film Festival, Bristol UNESCO City of Film and NFTS Cymru Wales are excited to launch this new six-month career development scheme.

Designed to elevate south west-based producers and directors who have a strong track record in screen-based content and are looking to make the challenging next step into long-form projects, such as their first narrative feature.

Read this page in full before making your application to Shorts2Features.

What is Shorts2Features 

Up to five directors and five producers will join us on this development scheme, running from late Sep to Mar 2023, and we’re looking for the boldest, brightest and diverse talents the region has to offer. Successful applicants will benefit from training modules, one-to-ones, mentoring, networking opportunities, free tickets and development bursaries, and have the chance to apply for places on a features/HETV drama shadowing scheme.

Who can apply for Shorts2Features? 

Eligible applicants for Shorts2Features must:

  • Be permanently living at an address in the south west.*
  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Not be in full-time education.
  • Be a director and/or producer of short fiction films or narrative-driven XR/immersive projects.
  • Not have written, produced or directed a feature film that has received UK distribution (this includes via online platforms).
  • Be committed to improving diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
  • Have produced or directed a significant body of work and be looking to make the step to their first feature or long-form commission. By ‘significant body of work’ we mean a creative track record of multiple works in short film or narrative-driven XR projects that have garnered industry recognition by way of funding or commissions, awards and festival selection, critical praise or a substantial online audience.
    • OR Previously received BFI NETWORK funding (in the south west or elsewhere in the UK)
    • OR Taken part in a BFI NETWORK talent development lab or skills programme (in the south west or elsewhere in the UK)


We want to ensure that all time taken by producers and directors on their applications is time well spent, so please only make an application if you have a significant body of work behind you, consisting of multiple pieces. This body of work will need to demonstrate that you are established as a filmmaker and ready to move beyond short-form work into feature film or other long-form media.

Our region covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, West of England, Hampshire, The Isle of Wight and The Isles of Scilly.  See region map for details.

How to apply for Shorts2Features  

Applications will close at 12pm (noon) on Fri 2 Sep. 

Please note that no applications will be considered if submitted after this time.   

Successful applicants will be notified by email. If you haven’t heard from us by the end of September then unfortunately your application hasn’t been successful. Please note that we are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful applications.  

If you have any questions ahead of filling out your application, or if you require support in making your application, you can contact us at


Shorts2Features Application form, via Microsoft Forms


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BFI NETWORK, Encounters Film Festival, Bristol UNESCO City of Film and NFTS Cymru Wales

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