Guides & Resources for Filmmakers

With our partners across BFI NETWORK we create handy guides and resources to support short film writers, producers and directors at every stage of production.

Is there something you’re looking for that we’ve not covered? Email us at bfinetwork@watershed.co.uk

Resources

Intro to Immersive webinar

BFI NETWORK’s Short Film Fund is re-opening in March and it supports live-action, animation and immersive projects. In anticipation of this, we hosted a free online session tailored specifically towards those interested in developing immersive or VR-based short works of up to 15-minutes in length.

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BFI guidance on bullying and harassment prevention for the screen industries

Principles and guidance for tackling and preventing bullying and harassment in the screen industries commissioned by the BFI and supported by organisations across the UK.

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How To Make Your Film Shoot More Sustainable

This guide takes you through some useful information that considers how to minimise the environmental impact of your activity, no matter the size of your shoot.

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Resource Directory

Find an almost-exhaustive list of links and information on several filmmaking categories on the Independent Cinema Offices' website, which has been compiled by BFI NETWORK Talent Executives.

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A Short Guide to Working With Music Supervisors and Composers

BFI NETWORK South West caught up with Angela Penhaligon, a freelance music supervisor – and an artist in her own right – to discuss her role and shed some light on rights, composers and keeping an open mind when it comes to music in film.

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Short Film Toolkit

This toolkit, the first of its kind, is an easy to use, comprehensive, digital guide with insights from over 40 filmmakers, funders, festival programmers and distributors, unlocking vital insights and advice for aspiring talent to help them get the most out of their short film journey and accelerate their careers.

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A Short Guide to Music Licensing with PRSForMusic

BFI NETWORK South West interviewed Performing Rights Society (PRS) representatives David Newton and Kerryn Hill to help demystify the process of licensing music for film.

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A Rough Guide to Animation Production

We’ve created a handy guide for anyone thinking about making an animated short – this PDF includes information on budgeting, workflows and ways into animation, as well as a glossary of terms and plenty of useful links.

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Spines: A Case Study in Working with Neurodiverse Talent and Crew

In 2022 we commissioned one of our funded teams to create a case study on their short film Spines.

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BFI NETWORK South West Short Film Fund Roundtable: Meet the Producer

The BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund opens for applications this March. Join us for a discussion and Q&A with a special guest.

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A Talent Exec’s Guide to the Early Development Fund

BFI NETWORK South West Talent Executive Nadia Attia offers some pointers on applying to the BFI NETWORK Early Development Fund.

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A Rough Guide to Animation Production

We’ve created a handy guide for anyone thinking about making an animated short – this PDF includes information on budgeting, workflows and ways into animation, as well as a glossary of terms and plenty of useful links.

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Animating the environment: Beltane case study

We spoke to the south west team behind BFI NETWORK funded short folk-horror animation Beltane to discuss their environmentally friendly production and narrative and share advice for future animation projects applying to the BFI NETWORK Short Film Fund.

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Selling Your Idea: What Makes a Great Funding Application?

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.

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