We’re here to nurture the South West’s new wave of filmmaking talent and to support writers, directors and producers who have original stories to tell and inspired approaches to their craft.
We can support your projects by contributing to production costs on short films, or by supporting the development of a feature film treatment document. Funded projects will also benefit from creative and professional guidance provided by our Bristol-based BFI NETWORK Talent Executives Nadia Attia and Jess Wheeler. There are also many ways we support talent who are not yet ready to apply for BFI funding – find out more below…
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The BFI NETWORK Early Development Fund supports the early stages of development for debut long-form projects.
Check out our PDF catalogue of funded projects, and our trailer showcasing just a few of the projects we’ve backed over recent years.
BFI NETWORK South West, in partnership with Blak Wave Productions, Little By Little Films and Grey Moth, are pleased to present our participants for New Voices 2023. New Voices is a three-month talent development scheme for underrepresented writer-directors in the south west of England.
BFI NETWORK South West, in partnership with Bristol Screen Producers, are pleased to present our participants for our Producer Lab. The 10 participants will attend two days of masterclasses, case studies and practical activities at Exeter Phoenix and over Zoom.
The Short Film Fund from BFI NETWORK supports projects with directors based in England. Funding is available to support the production costs of fiction films in live action, animation or immersive, up to a maximum run time of 15 minutes.
BFI NETWORK teamed up with South West based production companies Blak Wave & Little By Little Films, as well as Grey Moth, to run a talent development opportunity for aspiring South West based filmmakers looking to develop a five-minute short film idea.
Our Producer Lab weekender will take place on Sat 23rd and Sun 24th Sep and is open to aspiring, early-career producers based in the south west of England. The lab is aimed at emerging producing talent who are interested in developing their skills as creative producers and applying to future rounds of the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund.
Shorts2Features is a six-month training scheme, new in 2022, for 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. Delivered by BFI NETWORK in collaboration with Encounters Film Festival, Bristol UNESCO City of Film and NFTS Cymru Wales.
Introducing the South West Creatives who have taken part in our Script, Production, Directing, and Animation Labs. Each participant was selected from a high volume of applications on the basis of their potential talent as a film producer, desire to collaborate and passion for inclusion.
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BFI NETWORK South West Talent Executive Nadia Attia has read countless scripts for Channel 4, BBC, BFI, Studiocanal and more, and as an ex-filmmaker herself she’s been on the flipside of applying for funding. She took some time out to share her learnings with you, to help your application stand out and prepare you for the next round of funding.